Samia Serageldin

Author. novelist. editor.



About Samia

Samia Serageldin is a novelist, writer and editor. Her autobiographical first novel, The Cairo House, (2000) is set in her native Egypt and traces political developments over three generations of a prominent Egyptian family; it was translated into ten languages. This was followed by a historical novel, The Naqib’s Daughter (2009) set during Napoleon Bonaparte’s campaign in Egypt; and Love is Like Water & Other Stories, drawing an arc from Egypt to North Carolina after 9/11. Her writing, both nonfiction and fiction, has been anthologized in several collections. She was named one of the top ten remarkable women in Arab American prose in March 2016.

She is an editor and founder of the online magazine South Writ Large: Stories, Arts and Ideas from the Global South.  Her most recent project is Mothers & Strangers: Global Essays on Motherhood from the American South,, an anthology which she edited, along with co-editor Lee Smith, and to which Samia, in addition to editing, also contributed the Introduction and a personal essay. The collection of 28 essays is to be published by University of North Carolina Press on April 1, 2019. She is currently writing a novel based on her experience living through the events of the 2011 Revolution in Egypt and its aftermath.

Serageldin received her MS degree in Politics from London University and immigrated to the United States with her family in the early eighties. She calls Chapel Hill, North Carolina, home for the past thirty years.


Samia's Books

The cairo house

The naqib's Daughter

Love is like water





photo by Barbara Tyroler

photo by Barbara Tyroler

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