STEPHEN AMIDON was born in Chicago and grew up on the East Coast of America. He lived in London for twelve years before returning to the United States in 1999. He now lives in Massachusetts and Torino, Italy.
His books have been published in sixteen countries and include two works of non fiction, a collection of short stories, and seven novels, including Human Capital and Security.
Amidon's novels have appeared on many books of the year lists, and Human Capital was selected by Jonathan Yardley, chief critic 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, staring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Fabrizio Gifuni, Valeria Golino, and Fabrizio Bentivoglio, 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.
An American film adaptation of Human Capital, starring Liev Schreiber, Marisa Tomei, Peter Sarsgaard, Alex Wolff, and Maya Hawke and directed by Marc Meyers, premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.
Amidon co-wrote the script ( with Paolo Virzì, Francesca Archibugi, and Francesco Piccolo) for Virzì's film The Leisure Seeker, starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. The film premiered in competition at the 2017 Venice Film Festival and the screenplay was nominated for Italian Golden Globe and David di Donatello awards.
In February 2015, Amidon's serial play 6Bianca, directed by Serena Sinigaglia, premiered at Teatro Stabile di Torino .
A film adaptation of the novel Security, directed by Peter Chelsom and with a cast including Marco D’Amore, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Silvio Muccino, Valeria Bilello, and Ludovica Martino, was released in Italy in May 2021 and worldwide by Netflix in June 2021.
Stephen Amidon's new novel Locust Lane will be released in January 2023 in the US by Celadon and in Italy by Mondadori.