Daniel Zahno makes his home in Basel and New York. He is known for his light, humorous and entertaining work, which simultaneously touches subtly on deep existential issues. His books »Doktor Turban« (a collection of short stories) and »Im Hundumdrehen« (a dog story told in 70 ways) have received numerous awards, including the Clemens-Brentano-Prize of the city of Heidelberg. Daniel Zahno has been a fellow at the International Writers Colony Ledig House, New York and the Istituto Svizzero in Venice. He was a member of the programming commission for the Swiss Literature Days of Solothurn (Solothurner Literaturtage), one of the most important events in German literature. Daniel Zahno had the honor of presenting the noble prize winner John Coetzee there.

2007 he made a reading tour through the USA. 2010 he was writer-in-residence at Deutsches Haus, New York University. 2009 he published his first novel »Die Geliebte des Gelatiere«, the moving story of a Venetian icecream-maker. Later followed »Rot wie die Nacht«, the chronicle of an »amour fou« and »Alle lieben Alexia«, in which eight men dote on the same mysterious woman. 2013 his first New York novel »Manhattan Rose« came out - a stunningly sensual and thrilling »roman de la rose«. Beside his travel books he recently published »Mama Mafia« – an amazing thriller and a breathtaking tribute to New York.