About

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Hadeer Elsbai is an Egyptian-American writer and librarian who grew up being shuffled between Cairo and Queens. In addition to writing, Hadeer enjoys cats, excessive amounts of television (particularly crime dramas and pretty British series), eldritch abominations, Victorian England, and calling herself a Cairene. Like any proper diaspora kid, she’s obsessed with mangoes.

She is represented by DongWon Song of HMLA.


Bookish Interests:

  • fantasy
  • friendship between women
  • anti-heroines
  • sapphic relationships
  • dense worldbuilding
  • vampires (sue me)

Non-Bookish Interests:

  • tea
  • 19th-century cairo
  • victorian england
  • gothic lit (and gothic vibes in general)
  • cats
  • iced drinks
  • gender studies
  • theater (esp. natasha, pierre, and the great comet of 1812)
  • traveling
  • postcolonial theory
  • geography
  • the ocean
  • nature

~these are a few of my favorite things~

  • movies: pride & prejudice, tangled, an education, death at a funeral, wild target
  • music: the moulettes, mashrou’ leila, alsarah and the nubatones, florence and the machine, regina spektor, stars, olenka and the autumn lovers, tasseomancy, katzenjammer, pearl and the beard
  • actors: nina dobrev, natalie dormer, lily james, cillian murphy, jasmine cephas jones, jenna coleman, elliot knight, adelaide kane, tom burke, angel coulby, brit marling, elliot cowan, colin morgan, james norton, jessica brown findlay, tom hiddleston