Daniel Katz is a graduate of the University of Helsinki in the Humanities. He worked as a Jewish history teacher at the Jewish School in Helsinki, and in Haifa Israel as a driller on subway construction.
His first commercially successful novel, Kun isoisä Suomeen hiihti (When Grandfather Skied to Finland), is a humorous description of Katz's family history and Finland's entry into World War II. As an ethnic minority writer, Katz has written as an outsider regarding life in Finland. He has been awarded and been a finalist for all major Finnish literary prizes, including the Runeberg Prize and others.
Daniel Katz was first married to Leila Kagan. His second spouse was Liisa Merike Ryömä, a Finnish author, poet and lyricist. His third wife is Marianne Byholm. Daniel Katz has two children, Dunja Katz and the musician Kalle Katz. He lives in Loviisa, Finland.
Kun isoisä Suomeen hiihti, (When Grandfather Skied to Finland) WSOY 1969
Mikko Papirossin taivaallinen niskalenkki, WSOY 1972
Orvar Kleinin kuolema, WSOY 1976
Laturi, (The Blaster) WSOY 1979
Peltisepän päivällinen, WSOY 1981
Satavuotias muna, novelleja, WSOY 1983
Antti Keplerin lait, WSOY 1987
Naisen torso, novelleja, WSOY 1989
Saksalainen sikakoira, (German Pig-Dog) WSOY 1992
Otelo, novelleja, WSOY 1994
Herra Lootin tyttäret, WSOY 1999
Laituri matkalla mereen, (A Pier on the Way) WSOY 2001
Berberileijonan rakkaus (Berber Lion) WSOY 2008
Perimmäisten ominaisuuksien äärellä eli Konrad Monomaani, 1971