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At its most powerful, literature creates empathy, a vital spark to help us feel and understand the experiences of others distant from our own.

We are able to grasp their joy, pain, or sorrow. Reading a book that mirrors your own life experience can validate that what you are going through or who you are has meaning — without the burdens that society can impose.

At a recent PEN America discussion, two distinguished authors pointed to the importance of empathy and affirmation in literature.

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