STEPHEN AMIDON was born in Chicago. He is the author of a book of short stories and seven novels, including The New City and Human Capital, which was selected by Jonathan Yardley of The Washington Post as one of the five best novels of 2004. Paolo Virzì's Italian film version of Human Capital, Il Capitale Umano, won best film at the 2014 David Di Donatello, Nastri d'Argento, and Globi D'Oro Awards and was selected to represent Italy as best foreign language film at the 2015 Oscars. Amidon has also written two non-fiction books, reviewed films for The Sunday Times and The Financial Times, and contributed to various newspapers and magazines in the United States and Great Britain. His books have been published in sixteen countries. Stephen Amidon lived in London for twelve years before returning to the United States in 1999. He now lives in Massachusetts. His serial drama 6Bianca debuted at Teatro Stabile di Torino in February 2015. Paolo Virzì's film The Leisure Seeker, starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland, which Amidon co-wrote with Virzì, Francesca Archibugi, and Francesco Piccolo, premiered in competition at the 2017 Venice Film Festival. The screenplay was nominated for an Italian Golden Globe Award.