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Left Bank Books

399 North Euclid
St Louis, MO 63108

United States

314-367-6731; infoleft-bank.com

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Web site: http://www.left-bank.com/

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Twitter account: @LeftBankBooks

Description: Founded in 1969, Left Bank Books is the only independently-owned, full-service bookstore in the greater metropolitan area of St. Louis.

Located in the historic Central West End neighborhood, Left Bank Books is situated among magnificent turn-of-the-century residences and some of the best restaurants and finest art galleries in the area.

Left Bank Books has a cultural and progressive political focus. Specialties include: modern literature and poetry, the contemporary art and performing arts scene, political analysis, African-American, feminist, gay and lesbian literature; psychology and high quality, multicultural children's books. Our regular customers come from the immediate neighborhood, the greater metro area, which has a population exceeding 2.5 million people, and the two-state area of Missouri and Illinois. We offer every book in print and a vast used selection online and ship everywhere in the world.

Other features of the store include an extensive used book department and an art gallery featuring nine to twelve shows annually by local artists. We have a variety of discounts for educators and institutions. We offer a 20% discount on books selected by our registered book groups.

Owners and operators of Left Bank Books have always been intimately involved in community organizations; many are writers or artists. Some have advanced degrees in education, history, or literature. Owner Barry Leibman has a background in history and education and is an abstract/conceptual artist with many solo shows to his credit. Owner Kris Kleindienst has a degree in Women's Studies and English Literature from Washington University is a writer and political activist. She is a board member of the ACLU, and a founding board member of BUILD St. Louis. She won a Lambda Literary Award for her edited collection of essays, This Is What Lesbian Looks Like: Dyke Activists Take On the 21st Century and writes a monthly column for the Vital Voice. Owner Lisa Greening has a degree in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University and is a former educator with years of experience in various bookstores.

Some of our current community collaborations include collecting books for CASA and our "Clark Elementary School Reading Project," wherein our customers sponsor thirty-five students at Clark Elementary School who will receive a book a month until the end of the year.

Left Bank Books co-sponsors readings with a host of local literary organizations, including the St. Louis Public Library and River Styx.

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Upcoming events

Jan
24
Storytime with Miss Jonesey (Saturday, January 24 at 10:30am)
Left Bank Books

Join us for Storytime with Miss Jonesey at 10:30am on Saturdays in the Kids' Room!

Storytime is all ages appropriate. Everyone is welcome! Follow us on Facebook.

Questions? Email Miss Jonesey or call the store at 314-367-6731.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jan
24
Belinda Rathbone: The Boston Raphael (Saturday, January 24 at 4pm)
Left Bank Books

On the eve of its centennial celebrations in 1969, the Boston MFA announced the acquisition of an unknown and uncatalogued painting attributed to Raphael. Soon, experts on both sides of the Atlantic lined up to debate its very authenticity. The Boston Raphael was a media sensation in its time, but the full story of the forces that converged on the museum and how they intersected with the challenges of the Sixties is now revealed in full detail by the director's daughter.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jan
26
Kurt Beals: The Country Road (Monday, January 26 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Admired by Thomas Mann, Hermann Hesse, and particularly Rainer Maria Rilke, Swiss author Regina Ullmann's oracular, strange, singular voice astonishes in this volume of stories largely set in the Alpine countryside. The Country Road is her first book to appear in English, as translated from the German by Kurt Beals, whose translation of Anja Utler's engulf-enkindle was a finalist for the Best Translated Book Award, and who won the first-ever German Book Office Translation Prize in 2012.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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Jan
27
Summer Never Ends Reading Group: Ship Breaker (Tuesday, January 27 at 7:30pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi!

In a future world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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Jan
28
Novel Ideas Reading Groups: Americanah (Wednesday, January 28 at 12pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!

Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jan
28
Rick Skwiot: Fail (Wednesday, January 28 at 6:30pm)
St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch, Carnegie Room

Exiled to the city's tough North Side, disgraced St. Louis Police Lieutenant Carlo Gabriel wants nothing more than to return to the headquarters hierarchy. To get his wish, all he has to do is track down the missing husband of the mayor s press secretary. Instead he unearths a morass of corruption, educational malpractice, and greed that threatens to consign thousands of at-risk youths to the mean streets of America's erstwhile murder capital.

For more information, please contact the St. Louis Public Library at 314.241.2288.

Location: Street: St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch, Carnegie Room Additional: 1301 Olive St. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63103 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jan
28
Ishmael Beah: The Radiance of Tomorrow (Wednesday, January 28 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Ishmael Beah, author of A Long Way Gone, discuses his first novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone. Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends, return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. As they search for a way to restore order, they're forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike.

For more information, please contact the St. Louis County Library at 314.994.3300.

Location: Street: St. Louis County Library - Headquarters Additional: 1640 S. Lindbergh City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63131 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jan
29
An Evening with Ridley Pearson: From Flaming Fingernails to Flying Boys: One Author's Journey (Thursday, January 29 at 6pm)
St. Louis Women's Club

The Heritage Account, Inc. cordially invites you to An Evening with Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestselling author with more than 40 novels published in 22 languages in 70 countries.

6pm: Cocktails, Hors D'Oeuvres, and Book Signing

6:45pm: Program

Followed by Dinner with the Author

Featuring Cash Bar and Complimentary Valet Parking

For ticket information please call Marguerite Garrick 314.210.6738, or email ritey1951@aol.com.

All tax exempt proceeds will be used toward the mission of The Heritage Account, Inc.

Location: Street: St. Louis Women's Club Additional: 4600 Lindell Boulevard City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jan
29
Michael Kahn: The Sirena Quest (Thursday, January 29 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Popular St. Louis mystery writer Michael Kahn presents a spin-off of his popular Rachel Gold legal suspense series starring intrepid St. Louis lawyer Lou Solomon. A wealthy alumnus of Barrett College has offered a $23 million reward for the return of a statue of a beautiful woman, Sirena, that’s been missing from the campus for 35 years. As his 20th class reunion looms, Lou agrees to join the quest and begins a haphazard and, at times illegal, cross-country mission with his three former roommates that is both deeply nostalgic and profoundly transformative.

For more information, please contact the St. Louis County Library at 314.994.3300.

Location: Street: St. Louis County Library - Headquarters Additional: 1640 S. Lindbergh City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63131 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jan
31
Storytime with Miss Jonesey (Saturday, January 31 at 10:30am)
Left Bank Books

Join us for Storytime with Miss Jonesey at 10:30am on Saturdays in the Kids' Room!

Storytime is all ages appropriate. Everyone is welcome! Follow us on Facebook.

Questions? Email Miss Jonesey or call the store at 314-367-6731.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jan
31
Writers Read Reading Group: Middlemarch (Saturday, January 31 at 4pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of MIDDLEMARCH by George Eliot!

This panoramic work – considered the finest novel in English by many critics – offers a complex look at English provincial life at a crucial historical moment, and, at the same time, dramatizes and explores some of the most potent myths of Victorian literature.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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Feb
2
Mike Matheny: The Matheny Manifesto (Monday, February 2 at 7pm)
Tickets $27 - Available now! Left Bank Books Presents: A Very Special Evening with Mike Matheny, author of The Matheny Manifesto at Lindenwood University's J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts In conversation with MLB Network's Greg Amsinger, followed by Q&A Each ticket $27 and includes one signed copy of The Matheny Manifesto. Tickets available soon! Doors open at 5pm; seating is open and first-come, first served. Signing Guidelines: All copies of "The Matheny Manifesto" will come pre-signed. Mike will not be signing or personalizing books, photos, or other memorabilia at the event. Each guest is invited to pose for a special photo with Mike following the program, taken by a professional photographer. Photographs will be available for free download following the event. Brown Paper Tickets Ticket Widget Loading... Click Here to visit the Brown Paper Tickets event page. For more information or to make special arrangements for handicapped seating, please call 314.367.6731, or email info@left-bank.com. Mike Matheny was just forty-one when he succeeded the legendary Tony La Russa as skipper of the St. Louis Cardinals, leading them to the postseason three times in his first three years. But it was a frankly worded letter he wrote to the parents of a Little League team he coached that made him an Internet sensation. The Matheny Manifesto builds on the tough-love philosophy Mike expressed in that letter and offers a powerful reminder of what sports can teach us all about winning on the field and in life. “Readers agree there are ‘must read ‘ books. The Matheny Manifesto, inspired by Mike's letter is one and much more. After you read it, you ‘must consider’ and then ‘must act’ on its core principles—principles that benefit coaches, parents, success seekers, and especially young players.” —Tony La Russa

Location: Street: Lindenwood's J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts Additional: 2300 West Clay Street City: St. Charles, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63301 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Feb
4
Mike Matheny on Brennan at the Brew House (Wednesday, February 4 at 10am)
Brennan at the Brew House features a conversation with St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny and KMOX radio's Charlie Brennan in front of a live audience. We'll be discussing Matheny's new book, The Matheny Manifesto: A Young Manager's Old-School Views on Success in Sports and Life. Mike Matheny was just forty-one when he succeeded the legendary Tony La Russa as skipper of the St. Louis Cardinals, leading them to the postseason three times in his first three years. But it was a frankly worded letter he wrote to the parents of a Little League team he coached that made him an Internet sensation. The Matheny Manifesto builds on the tough-love philosophy Mike expressed in that letter and offers a powerful reminder of what sports can teach us all about winning on the field and in life. Tickets are $27.00, admits either ONE or TWO people and include ONE signed copy of The Matheny Manifesto. In other words, for the price of one autographed copy of the book, two people can attend the event. If only one person is attending, the price is the same. To ensure adequate seating, it is necessary to choose the right ticket for the number of people in your party, 1 or 2. questions: 314.367.6731

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Location: Street: Budweiser Brew House at Ballpark Village Additional: 601 Clark Street City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63102 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Feb
4
Great Novels of the 22nd Century Reading Group: The Two of Them (Wednesday, February 4 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of The Two of Them by Joanna Russ!

Irene, a rebellious product of an American 1950s upbringing, has fled from a repressive and sexist society into a life of apparent equality and adventure as part of the elite Trans-Temporal Authority's cadre of travelers. Under the tutelage of Ernst, a friend/lover and teacher/father, Irene has achieved status and dignity. Irene and Ernst are assigned to a Muslim world where they meet Zubedeyeh, a young girl whose creativity is being transformed into madness by the male chauvinistic society in which she lives.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Feb
4
Lucy Ferriss: A Sister to Honor (Wednesday, February 4 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

St. Louis native Lucy Ferriss discusses her new novel, A Sister to Honor. Afia Satar is studious, modest, and devout. The young daughter of a landholding family in northern Pakistan, Afia has enrolled in an American college with the dream of returning to her country as a doctor. But when a photo surfaces online of Afia holding hands with an American boy, she is suddenly no longer safe—even from the family that cherishes her.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Feb
7
Celebrity Storytime with Dan Killeen: Tillie & Clementine Zoo Switcheroo (Saturday, February 7 at 10:30am)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a Celebrity Storytime with local author Dan Killeen, who will read from his new book, Tillie & Clementine Zoo Switcheroo! When Tillie and Clementine go to spend a fun day exploring the zoo, a daddy gorilla and his baby daughter sneak out of their enclosure to do the same thing! But the two dads get distracted and accidentally grab the wrong daughter: Daddy is walking around with a baby gorilla on his back, and the big silverback gorilla is walking around with Clementine on his!

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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Feb
7
Tavis Smiley: Death of a King (Saturday, February 7 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Martin Luther King, Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations the world has known, but little is remembered about the life he led in his final year. New York Times bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley recounts the final 365 days of King's life, revealing the minister's trials and tribulations, all of which he had to rise above in order to lead and address the racism, poverty, and militarism that threatened to destroy our democracy.

For more information, please contact the St. Louis County Library at 314.994.3300.

Location: Street: St. Louis County Library - Headquarters Additional: 1640 S. Lindbergh City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63131 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Feb
9
Vida Prince: That's the Way it Was (Monday, February 9 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Segregation was a way of life in St. Louis, aptly called "the most southern city in the North." These thirteen oral histories describe the daily struggle that pervasive racism demanded but also share the tradition of self-respect that the African American community of St. Louis sought to build on its own terms. For more information, please contact the St. Louis County Library at 314.994.3300.

Location: Street: St. Louis County Library - Headquarters Additional: 1640 S. Lindbergh City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63131 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Feb
9
Observable Readings: Lauren K. Alleyne and Gary L. McDowell (Monday, February 9 at 7:30pm)
Llywelyn's Pub - Central West End

Lauren K. Alleyne is a native of Trinidad and Tobago. She is currently the Poet-in-Residence and an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Dubuque. Lauren is a Cave Canem graduate, and her work has been awarded prizes such as a 2012 Lyric Iowa Poetry Prize, the 2010 Small Axe Literary prize, and two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prizes (2009, 2011). She has been published in several journals and anthologies, including Crab Orchard Review, The Cimarron Review, and Black Arts Quarterly. Her debut collection of poems, Difficult Fruit, was published in 2014. Gary L. McDowell was born and raised in suburban Chicago. He earned an MFA in Poetry from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. in Contemporary Poetics and American Literature from Western Michigan University. He is the author of Weeping at a Stranger's Funeral; American Amen, winner of the 2009 Orphic Prize in Poetry; They Speak of Fruit; and The Blueprint. He’s the co-editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in journals such as Bellingham Review, Colorado Review, and Indiana Review, among others. He is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at Belmont University.

Location: Street: Llywelyn's Pub - Central West End Additional: 4747 McPherson City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Feb
10
Frank Absher: St. Louis Advertising (Tuesday, February 10 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Mention “advertising,” and just about everyone thinks of New York’s Madison Avenue, long the center of the nation’s advertising universe. In St. Louis, though, two early advertising agencies became major players on the national scene. Browsing through this collection of old advertisements gives readers a chance to see what was important in the daily lives of Americans, as well as what the nation’s commercial interests wanted them to believe was important.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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Feb
11
Samantha Shannon: The Mime Order (Wednesday, February 11 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

The hotly anticipated sequel to the NYT bestselling The Bone Season. Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London. There are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community. Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust?

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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Feb
12
Shelia Moses: Dark Girls (Thursday, February 12 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Black has never been more beautiful, witnessed by this magnificent collection featuring accomplished dark skinned-women from all walks of life. In Dark Girls, celebrities such as Lupita Nyong'o, Pauletta Washington, Cicely Tyson, Judge Mablean, Brandi and Karli Harvey, and twenty other outstanding women share intimate insights with Shelia Moses into what their dark skin means to them.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Feb
13
Daniel Handler: We Are Pirates (Friday, February 13 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Mega-bestselling author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) gives us his long-awaited new novel for adult readers: a dark, rollicking, stunningly entertaining human comedy. A boat has gone missing. Goods have been stolen. There is blood in the water. It is the twenty-first century and a crew of pirates is terrorizing the San Francisco Bay. We Are Pirates is a novel about our desperate searches for happiness and freedom, about our wild journeys beyond the boundaries of our ordinary lives.

For more information, please contact the St. Louis County Library at 314.994.3300.

Location: Street: St. Louis County Library - Headquarters Additional: 1640 S. Lindbergh City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63131 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Feb
14
Storytime with Miss Jonesey (Saturday, February 14 at 10:30am)
Left Bank Books

Join us for Storytime with Miss Jonesey at 10:30am on Saturdays in the Kids' Room!

Storytime is all ages appropriate. Everyone is welcome! Follow us on Facebook.

Questions? Email Miss Jonesey or call the store at 314-367-6731.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Feb
16
Shakespeare Festival Reads Reading Group: Henry VI, Part II (Monday, February 16 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of Henry VI, Part II by William Shakespeare!

Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of the three-part classic history that revolves around the epic, dynastic Wars of the Roses.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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