The Youth and Culture Center, Zouk Mikael hosted the book signing of “Ounkoud Ramel”, a new release of the rising author Mireille Saab, under the auspices Nouhad Naufal, Mayor of Zouk Mikael, and in presence of the director of the History department at USEK Rev. Dr. John-Maroun Moughames, and a crowd of authors and artists.
After the welcome note, director Eliane Fersan, underlined the major role of the Youth and Culture Center in supporting the creative industries by building the capacities of young talents and social entrepreneurs; which makes YCC the first Lebanese municipal institution that undertakes such a unique step towards sustainable human development, which the center asserted by joining the “Anna Lindh Foundation” network deriving from the Euro-Med Partnership.
Engineer and thinker Hisham Ajour asked himself during his intervention about the “Cluster of Sand” (Ounkoud Ramel). “Is it possible to make a cluster out of sand? Does each cluster hold grains of sand? How could a cluster become sand?” he asked. Then poet and journalist Habib Younes commended Mireille Saab’s style and noted: “she grabs the sand with a silky hand, and when she is weary, the night is wide-open to the ink that flows just like wine on her papers, drop by drop, rhyme by rhyme, word by word”. Poet and author Elie Maroun Khalil congratulated the gifted author Mireille Saab for her courage and rebellion in joining artistic world and daring to publish her thoughts.
Mireille recited some of her poems and was warmly applauded by the audience. She thanked the Mayor of Zouk Mikael Nouhad Naufal for his patronage and for his constant support to young talents through YCC and his hardworking team. The event ended with a performance by the 4 octaves Mezzo-Soprano Micha Matta who amazed the public with one of Saab’s poems “Alkaka” (I meet you), composed by Habib Younes and arranged by Christian Abi Rached.