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Meet the Authors

Mothers and Strangers: Essays on Motherhood from the New South

Mothers & Strangers

Sat, May 4, 2p-3p • Five Forks Branch

Join authors Samia Serageldin, Sharon K. Swanson, E. C. “Redge” Hanes, and Margaret Rich as they discuss their collection of essays, Mothers and Strangers. Books available for purchase and signing.

Each attendee wishing to join the signing line must purchase on-site at least one copy of Mothers and Strangers. Purchasing/preordering your book from Fiction Addiction will give you a ticket to the signing line, too.

Samia Serageldin

Samia Serageldin

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.


Sharon K. Swanson

Sharon K. SwansonSharon K. Swanson is an award-winning essayist and features writer. Her award-winning documentary film Landscapes of the Heart: The Elizabeth Spencer Story was selected for film festivals across the country and has been broadcast on public television in several states. Her memoir, Free Fall, about her discovery of stability and love as a groupie in a community of skydivers, is out to agents. Sharon holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from the Writing Seminars at Bennington College and a graduate degree in public administration from East Carolina University.


Contributing Authors

E. C. “Redge” Hanes is the author of two novels, Billy Bowater, a story based on Redge’s experiences in Raleigh and Washington, D.C., as an advocate for the arts, and Justice by Another Name, based on his work on environmental issues in North Carolina. He was born in Winston-Salem, N.C. A graduate of Duke University, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971. After thirty-five years as a business executive, he retired as the chairman of the Russ Companies, an international consumer products company. He was a board member of numerous local and national arts and environmental organizations. Redge lives with his wife in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Margaret Rich

Margaret Rich, a native of South Carolina, has lived most of her adult life in North Carolina, where she has worked for the past twenty-five years as a professional gardener at a private garden in Durham. She was educated at Mills College in Oakland, CA, and received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for a year of independent study abroad in 1979–80. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College in 2012. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, James, and their cat, Obama.