Belle Boggs, Jill McCorkle, Samia Serageldin and Daniel Wallace read from Mothers and Strangers

February 12, 2019 – Today’s featured event is Belle Boggs, Jill McCorkle, Samia Serageldin, Lee Smith, and Daniel Wallace reading from Mothers and Strangers at CAM Raleigh on 2/23 at 2:15pm.

Belle Boggs

Belle Boggs is the author of Mattaponi Queen, a collection of linked stories set along Virginia’s Mattaponi River, and The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood, a nonfiction book that will be published in September 2016 by Graywolf Press. Mattaponi Queen won the Bakeless Prize, the Library of Virginia Literary Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Belle’s stories and essays have appeared in The Paris ReviewHarper’sGlimmer Train, the Oxford AmericanSlateOrionEcotone, and other publications.

Check out Festival Co-Director Jason Jefferies’ interview with Belle here:

Jill McCorkle

Jill McCorkle is the author of the novels The Cheer LeaderJuly 7thTending to VirginiaFerris Beach, and Life After Life, as well as four collections of short stories. Five of her books have been named New York Times notable books. McCorkle has received the New England Booksellers Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature and the North Carolina Award for Literature. She is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.Four of her stories have been tabbed for Best American Short Stories and several have been collected in New Stories from the South. Her short stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Oxford American, The Southern Review, Narrative Magazine and The American Scholar among others. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Best American Essays, The New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Garden and Gun, Southern Living, Our State, Allure and Real Simple. McCorkle has taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, Tufts, and Brandeis, where she was the Fannie Hurst Visiting Writer. She was a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard for five years where she also chaired Creative Writing. 

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; andLove 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.

Daniel Wallace

Daniel Wallace is the author of five novels. His first, Big Fish, was made into a motion picture of the same name by Tim Burton in 2003, and a musical version on Broadway in 2013. He is a contributing editor to Garden & Gun magazine and is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he teaches and directs the Creative Writing Program. Visit his website at