Nayomi Munaweera

Nayomi Munaweera

Nayomi Munaweera’s debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, was long-listed for the Man Asia Literary Prize and the Dublin IMPAC Prize. It was short-listed for the DSC Prize and the Northern California Book Prize. It won the Commonwealth Regional Prize for Asia. It won a Godage Prize from its home country and was a Target Book Club selection. Munaweera’s second novel, What Lies Between Us, a book about a Sri Lanka-American was hailed as one of the most exciting literary releases of 2016 from venues ranging from Buzzfeed to Elle magazine. It won the Sri Lankan National Book Award for best English novel and the Godage Award for Best English Novel. The Huffington Post raved, “Munaweera’s prose is visceral and indelible, devastatingly beautiful-reminiscent of the glorious writings of Louise Erdrich, Amy Tan and Alice Walker, who also find ways to truth-tell through fiction.” Munaweera is also widely anthologized in collections such as Good Girls Marry Doctors; South Asian-American Women on Obedience and Rebellion, Oakland Noir, Many Roads Through Paradise, Write to Reconcile Anthologies I and III and All the Women in My Family Sing. Munaweera is an alumni of Voices of Our Ancestors Writing Workshop and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. She teaches at Mills College and at the Ashland University low-residency MFA Program. She holds writing workshops in Sri Lanka through a program called Write to Reconcile in which she co-teaches with legendary Sri Lankan writer, Shyam Selvadurai. Their aim is to use writing as a tool of reconciliation and healing for both Tamil and Sinhala survivors of the civil war. Munaweera’s non-fiction and short fiction are also widely available online.
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