I wear two hats. One takes me out into the world to do battle for authors whose works I love, and the other seats me in solitude to weave words.
The first hat used to dwarf the second, but since the publication of my memoir, SIPPING FROM THE NILE, the second hat has grown feathers and flowers and plants roots in my subconscious as I navigate the world.
Jean Naggar was born in Alexandria, Egypt where her mother's parents lived. She grew up in Cairo, attended the Gezira Preparatory School and then The English School in Heliopolis before going to Roedean School in England, for her high school years. The magical world of her childhood as daughter of two prominent Sephardic Jewish families came to a dramatic end in 1956 when Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal and brought about the Suez Crisis that scattered the Jewish population of Egypt. She has recorded this lost world in her memoir, Sipping From the Nile: My Exodus From Egypt.
After graduating from London University Jean (Mosseri) Naggar met and married Serge Naggar, the "boy next door" and followed him to New York City where she has lived ever since. A voracious reader all her life, she wrote poetry which was published in The Listener and Athanor, translated books, and her work was published in the New York Times, the Village Voice and Publishers Weekly.
In 1978 she founded the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency (see www.JVNLA.com)and was responsible for bringing many iconic writers to the attention of the reading public, happily sharing her reading passions with the world. She is a former president of AAR and has been sought after as a speaker at events around the US. Mother of three adult children and grandmother of seven, she is at last exploring her childhood dream: to write.
Visit her at http://www.jeannaggar.com/ and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jean-naggar/egypts-forgotten-jews_b_2235098.html