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Fatima Sharafeddine

A Lebanese Author

Author’s Biography

Fatima Sharafeddine, the writer who has collected several awards and honors, was born in 1966 in Beirut, Lebanon, and spent the first six years of her childhood in Sierra Leon, in West Africa. Three years after she returned with her family to live in her native country, the Lebanese civil war started. She spent the next 15 years of her life moving between cities, houses, and schools, always trying to find refuge in the safest area. In 1989, she received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education from the Lebanese American University. A year later, she got married and moved to the USA where she received a Master’s degree in Educational Theory and Practice (1993) and a Master’s degree in Modern Arabic Literature (1996), both from Ohio State University. She moved to Houston, Texas in 1996, where she worked for two years as a lead teacher with children aged 3 to 6. At a later stage, she taught Arabic Language and Culture classes at Rice University. In 2001, she moved with her husband and two children to Brussels, Belgium. She is currently fully dedicated to writing for children and young adults. Over the last 12 years, she has written and published more than 120 books, and translated several others from English and French into Arabic. She works with the publishers Kalimat (UAE), Dar al-Saqi (Lebanon), Asala (Lebanon), Dar al-Shourouk (Egypt), Turning Point (Lebanon) and Mijade (Belgium), Lamsa (UAE), Academia International (Lebanon). Several of Fatima’s books have been translated to various European languages, namely French, English, Turkish, Finish, Dutch, Irish, German, Swedish, Slovenian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, and Danish. Fatima is an active member of LIBBY (IBBY Lebanon branch). She attends several book fairs and Literature festivals in Europe and the Arab world through the year. She was invited in the last few years to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Bahrain, Amman, Damascus, Doha, and Beirut to give writing workshops to starting writers interested in children’s literature. She often conducts creative writing workshops with children, and participates in the Reading Week in spring and in the Book Festival in summer, which gives her the opportunity to visit various areas in Lebanon and have firsthand contact with her readers.

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