Born in 1957, Ola Larsmo is a well-known, prolific Swedish novelist, essayist, and critic. He is the author of several acclaimed books, including: Engelska parken (1985), Odysséer 1990), Stumheten (1991), Himmel och jord må brinna (1993), Maroonberget (1996), net.wars (with Lars Ilshammar, 1993), Norra Vasa 133 (1999), Andra sidan (2001), En glänta i skogen (2004), Djävulssonaten (2007), Swede Hollow (2016) and Översten (2020).
Larsmo was editor of Bonniers Literary Magazine from 1984 to 1990 and a member of the board at Författarförbundet ("Authors association") until May 2003. He is currently columnist for Sweden's largest newspaper, Dagens Nyheter.
Larsmo received the Bjørnson Prize from the Norwegian Academy of Literature and Freedom of Expression and, after the publication of Swede Hollow, two prestigious Swedish awards: the Lagercrantz Critics' Prize from Dagens Nyheter and Natur & Kultur's cultural prize.
For almost two decades, Ola has been an active member of Swedish PEN, and under his presidency (2009-2017) the organization grew and stabilized. This he has taken with him to his current role as a board member of PEN International.