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"I believe that literature and art can save us," Iman Humaydan said.A writer by trade, Humaydan created a literature-reading program at Aley Public Library in 2010 .The event will feature an array of writers' panels and talks bent on encouraging young people to return to literature.A panel on conflict and power will explore literature's role in how people of different cultures deal with conflict.In one event, delving into remembered stories and places, Lebanese writers will visit different locations around the country and stage panels or readings.Sawsan al-Abtah will moderate a panel – featuring Khaled Ziadeh, Usha Kuniga Ramaswamy and Witold Szablowski – on place and memory in times of conflict and how these are reflected in literature. Humaydan said her interest in promoting youth literature stems from her growing up during Lebanon's 15-year-long Civil War.Promoting literature and art, Humaydan asserted, is a wonderful way to help people deal with traumatic events like the 2006 Israeli War.
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