Emily Nasrallah was a Lebanese writer and women's rights activist.
Born in al-Kfeir, southern Lebanon, in 1931, she graduated from the American University of Beirut in 1958 with a BA in education and literature and after graduating, she worked as a teacher, then as a journalist and freelance writer.
In addition to novels, essays and short stories for adults, she has also published seven children’s books.
Emily Nasrallah is one of the most well known writers in the Arab world, her writings focus on village life in Lebanon, women’s emancipation efforts, identity issues in the Lebanese civil war and migration.
In 1962, her debut novel, Birds of September (Touyour Ayloul), was published and went on to receive three Arabic literary awards: Laureate Best Novel, the Said Akl Prize, and Friends of the Book Prize, also A Cat's Diary (Yawmiyat Hirr) figured on the 1998 IBBY honor list.
In 2017, the Goethe-Institut awarded her with the Goethe Medal.
And in 2018, Lebanese President Michel Aoun decorated her with the Cedar Medal of Honor, Commander Rank.