Thisuri Wanniarachchi,21, is the author of two novels Colombo Streets (2009) and The Terrorist’s Daughter (2014). She is one of the youngest authors in the world to write a local bestseller. She is the youngest nominee to the prestigious International Writers Program of the University of Iowa and the the youngest State Literary Award winner in Sri Lanka.
Colombo Streets was published when she was fourteen years old and went on to become a local bestseller. It won the 2010 State Literary Award for the Best English Novel of the year in Sri Lanka. Her second novel, The Terrorist’s Daughter, launched recently, has received many great reviews and ratings.
A recent research claims that Thisuri’s work, both online and print, has inspired millions of people all around the world.
She has studied writing at Hampshire College, Amherst College, University of Massachusetts, Smith College, and at The Kenyon Review of Kenyon College.
Her books (fiction) speak about her generation in Sri Lanka, growing up with war and transitioning from war to peace. Her academic writing and research explores the politics of freedom and how to use education as a tool to achieve sustainable social and economic progress in post- conflict nations.
Thisuri is currently studying for her undergraduate degree in Political Economy at Bennington College and divides her time between college in the United States and her work in political and education reform advocacy back home in Sri Lanka.