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Vulture
1 year ago
Books

31 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2023

Focusing on the excitement and anticipation of new books in 2023 amidst the challenges faced in the publishing world during 2022. [ more ]
Gay City News
2 months ago
NYC LGBT

Rainbow Book Fair draws full house at LGBT Center

The Rainbow Book Fair in New York City is the largest LGBTQ book event globally. [ more ]
Vulture
1 year ago
Books

31 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2023

Focusing on the excitement and anticipation of new books in 2023 amidst the challenges faced in the publishing world during 2022. [ more ]
Gay City News
2 months ago
NYC LGBT

Rainbow Book Fair draws full house at LGBT Center

The Rainbow Book Fair in New York City is the largest LGBTQ book event globally. [ more ]
morepublishing-industry
#education
Advocate.com
1 month ago
NYC LGBT

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff to tackle Republican book bans at Manhattan roundtable discussion (exclusive)

Efforts to protect students' civil rights against school book bans are a top priority for the Biden-Harris administration. [ more ]
www.theguardian.com
2 months ago
Education

Scary': public-school textbooks the latest target as US book bans intensify

The wave of book bans has extended to textbooks in public schools, impacting subjects like vaccines, human growth, diversity, and climate change. [ more ]
www.mercurynews.com
2 months ago
Education

Blue states push back strongly against book censorship

The movement to ban book bans is gaining momentum in several states, aiming to protect diverse literature and prevent censorship. [ more ]
www.npr.org
3 months ago
Education

Report: Last year ended with a surge in book bans

PEN America reported an unprecedented surge in book bans in 2023, with over 4,000 instances in six months. [ more ]
Cbsnews
4 months ago
Books

Beaufort, South Carolina, schools return most books to shelves after attempt to ban 97

Campaign to ban books in schools on the rise, with 3,000 bans last year
Beaufort County, SC faces battle over book bans and the true meaning of liberty [ more ]
The Atlantic
4 months ago
Books

The Black-History Books Teachers Hope Won't Be Banned

Black History Month serves as an essential opportunity for educators to introduce diverse perspectives to students.
Conservative lawmakers are leading efforts to restrict discussions and books pointing to racism in America. [ more ]
Advocate.com
1 month ago
NYC LGBT

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff to tackle Republican book bans at Manhattan roundtable discussion (exclusive)

Efforts to protect students' civil rights against school book bans are a top priority for the Biden-Harris administration. [ more ]
www.theguardian.com
2 months ago
Education

Scary': public-school textbooks the latest target as US book bans intensify

The wave of book bans has extended to textbooks in public schools, impacting subjects like vaccines, human growth, diversity, and climate change. [ more ]
www.mercurynews.com
2 months ago
Education

Blue states push back strongly against book censorship

The movement to ban book bans is gaining momentum in several states, aiming to protect diverse literature and prevent censorship. [ more ]
www.npr.org
3 months ago
Education

Report: Last year ended with a surge in book bans

PEN America reported an unprecedented surge in book bans in 2023, with over 4,000 instances in six months. [ more ]
Cbsnews
4 months ago
Books

Beaufort, South Carolina, schools return most books to shelves after attempt to ban 97

Campaign to ban books in schools on the rise, with 3,000 bans last year
Beaufort County, SC faces battle over book bans and the true meaning of liberty [ more ]
The Atlantic
4 months ago
Books

The Black-History Books Teachers Hope Won't Be Banned

Black History Month serves as an essential opportunity for educators to introduce diverse perspectives to students.
Conservative lawmakers are leading efforts to restrict discussions and books pointing to racism in America. [ more ]
moreeducation
#library-challenges
Oregon ArtsWatch | Oregon Arts & Culture News
2 months ago
Writing

Violent, aggressive, and personal attacks - language used to challenge books has changed dramatically, research presented at Oregon Library Association conference shows

The language used in attempts to ban library books is increasingly violent, targeting LGBTQ, racial, and political themes, leading to dehumanization. [ more ]
Truthout
4 months ago
Books

E-Books Can Subvert Book Bans, But Corporate Profit-Seeking Stands in the Way

Record e-book lending for libraries has led to profits for OverDrive. Book bans and removals from libraries are on the rise with 158 bills introduced in 2023. [ more ]
Oregon ArtsWatch | Oregon Arts & Culture News
2 months ago
Writing

Violent, aggressive, and personal attacks - language used to challenge books has changed dramatically, research presented at Oregon Library Association conference shows

The language used in attempts to ban library books is increasingly violent, targeting LGBTQ, racial, and political themes, leading to dehumanization. [ more ]
Truthout
4 months ago
Books

E-Books Can Subvert Book Bans, But Corporate Profit-Seeking Stands in the Way

Record e-book lending for libraries has led to profits for OverDrive. Book bans and removals from libraries are on the rise with 158 bills introduced in 2023. [ more ]
morelibrary-challenges
#censorship
Sacramento Bee
3 months ago
Education

California lawmakers reject bill to let parents sue schools that don't ban 'harmful' books

California lawmakers voted down a bill requiring book bans in schools, citing concerns of government overreach and censorship. [ more ]
LGBTQ Nation
3 months ago
Education

Ron DeSantis says new law limiting book challenges will stop liberals from abusing the system

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an education bill limiting book challenges in Florida schools, allowing only parents to challenge multiple books. [ more ]
Truthout
4 months ago
Books

Attempted Book Bans Last Year Targeted More Than 4,240 Titles, an All-Time High

Book bans are becoming more organized and prevalent, with a significant increase in challenges compared to previous years.
Books featuring LGBTQ and/or BIPOC characters make up nearly half of all challenges, highlighting a trend in targeted censorship. [ more ]
Axios
4 months ago
Books

More books were targeted for censorship in 2023

Censorship of books continues to rise, with a focus on diverse and LGBTQ themes.
Opposition to targeted books is shifting beyond school libraries to public libraries. [ more ]
www.nytimes.com
4 months ago
Books

Attempts to Ban Books Accelerated Last Year

Book bans and censorship efforts are at record levels, with 4,240 titles targeted for removal in 2023.
Conservative groups like Moms for Liberty and Utah Parents United are playing a role in politicizing and organizing censorship efforts. [ more ]
Axios
4 months ago
Books

Book bans? Make that "intellectual freedom challenges"

Attempts to ban books at public libraries have surged, sparking a culture war and legislative battles.
Legislators in some states are pushing back against book bans and supporting librarians in defending intellectual freedom. [ more ]
Sacramento Bee
3 months ago
Education

California lawmakers reject bill to let parents sue schools that don't ban 'harmful' books

California lawmakers voted down a bill requiring book bans in schools, citing concerns of government overreach and censorship. [ more ]
LGBTQ Nation
3 months ago
Education

Ron DeSantis says new law limiting book challenges will stop liberals from abusing the system

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an education bill limiting book challenges in Florida schools, allowing only parents to challenge multiple books. [ more ]
Truthout
4 months ago
Books

Attempted Book Bans Last Year Targeted More Than 4,240 Titles, an All-Time High

Book bans are becoming more organized and prevalent, with a significant increase in challenges compared to previous years.
Books featuring LGBTQ and/or BIPOC characters make up nearly half of all challenges, highlighting a trend in targeted censorship. [ more ]
Axios
4 months ago
Books

More books were targeted for censorship in 2023

Censorship of books continues to rise, with a focus on diverse and LGBTQ themes.
Opposition to targeted books is shifting beyond school libraries to public libraries. [ more ]
www.nytimes.com
4 months ago
Books

Attempts to Ban Books Accelerated Last Year

Book bans and censorship efforts are at record levels, with 4,240 titles targeted for removal in 2023.
Conservative groups like Moms for Liberty and Utah Parents United are playing a role in politicizing and organizing censorship efforts. [ more ]
Axios
4 months ago
Books

Book bans? Make that "intellectual freedom challenges"

Attempts to ban books at public libraries have surged, sparking a culture war and legislative battles.
Legislators in some states are pushing back against book bans and supporting librarians in defending intellectual freedom. [ more ]
morecensorship
#access-to-books
BOOK RIOT
3 months ago
Books

You're Wrong About These Common Myths About Book Ban: Book Censorship News, March 22, 2024

Misconceptions about book bans stem from a lack of information, not intentional misinformation.
Book bans can drive students away from libraries and limit their access to reading materials. [ more ]
The Hill
5 months ago
Books

Educators, students get creative in evading book bans

Educators and students are finding creative ways to access books that have been banned in states and schools.
Banned book clubs and community events are being organized to provide access to challenging materials. [ more ]
BOOK RIOT
3 months ago
Books

You're Wrong About These Common Myths About Book Ban: Book Censorship News, March 22, 2024

Misconceptions about book bans stem from a lack of information, not intentional misinformation.
Book bans can drive students away from libraries and limit their access to reading materials. [ more ]
The Hill
5 months ago
Books

Educators, students get creative in evading book bans

Educators and students are finding creative ways to access books that have been banned in states and schools.
Banned book clubs and community events are being organized to provide access to challenging materials. [ more ]
moreaccess-to-books
#literature-advocacy
PublishersWeekly.com
4 months ago
Books

'Authors Against Book Bans' Mobilizes

Authors Against Book Bans aims to fight against the erasure of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ voices through a coalition of prominent authors.
The group was formed organically out of shared frustration and concern among authors over the increasing number of book bans nationwide. [ more ]
Black Enterprise
4 months ago
Books

National Black Arts Festival Hosts 'Blacklisted' Banned Book Fair In Atlanta

The National Black Arts Festival is hosting a Blacklisted! Banned Book Fair and Conference in Atlanta during Black History Month.
The event will feature discussions on rising book bans, panels with prominent authors, and activities for families and youth. [ more ]
www.npr.org
2 weeks ago
Arts

A San Francisco store is shipping LGBTQ+ books to places where they are banned

Becka Robbins sends banned books to LGBTQ+ centers in conservative states to counter book bans. [ more ]
PublishersWeekly.com
4 months ago
Books

'Authors Against Book Bans' Mobilizes

Authors Against Book Bans aims to fight against the erasure of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ voices through a coalition of prominent authors.
The group was formed organically out of shared frustration and concern among authors over the increasing number of book bans nationwide. [ more ]
Black Enterprise
4 months ago
Books

National Black Arts Festival Hosts 'Blacklisted' Banned Book Fair In Atlanta

The National Black Arts Festival is hosting a Blacklisted! Banned Book Fair and Conference in Atlanta during Black History Month.
The event will feature discussions on rising book bans, panels with prominent authors, and activities for families and youth. [ more ]
www.npr.org
2 weeks ago
Arts

A San Francisco store is shipping LGBTQ+ books to places where they are banned

Becka Robbins sends banned books to LGBTQ+ centers in conservative states to counter book bans. [ more ]
moreliterature-advocacy
#lgbtq
Advocate.com
4 months ago
Books

Book ban attempts surge to record highs in 2023

Attempts at book censorship increased significantly in 2023, with 4,240 titles targeted, marking a 65 percent rise from the previous year.
Books representing LGBTQ+ individuals and people of color accounted for 47 percent of those targeted in censorship attempts. [ more ]
LGBTQ Nation
4 months ago
Books

All aboard RuPaul's Rainbow Book Bus

RuPaul partnered with Allstora for a Rainbow Book Bus delivering banned books.
Allstora plans to hand out 10,000 books from the bus on a year-long tour. [ more ]
LGBTQ Nation
4 months ago
Books

Protestors interrupt a Moms for Liberty's "fascist" book banning meeting

Protestors interrupted a meeting held by Moms for Liberty (M4L) in Maryland, aiming to ban LGBTQ+-inclusive books from school libraries.
Protestors wore rainbow-colored garlands, flags, and signs with messages like 'Books not bigots,' 'Only fascists ban books' during the disruption. [ more ]
PinkNews | Latest lesbian, gay, bi and trans news | LGBTQ+ news
4 months ago
Books

Kids book Hooray for She, He, Ze, and They! celebrates identity amid LGBTQ+ book ban

Celebration of gender identity through pronouns in Amer's book
Book acts as a guide to discuss gender identity with children and normalize conversations on the topic. [ more ]
LGBTQ Nation
1 month ago
Writing

Scholastic releases Pride educator guide with resources for fighting anti-LGBTQ+ book bans - LGBTQ Nation

Scholastic publishes LGBTQ+ Pride guide for children's books, mental health support, and fighting book bans. [ more ]
www.theguardian.com
2 weeks ago
Education

Brazil's unparalleled spate of book bans is page out of US culture wars

Politically motivated book bans in Brazil target works focusing on race, gender, and LGBTQ+ issues, often supported by politicians aligned with former president Bolsonaro. [ more ]
Advocate.com
4 months ago
Books

Book ban attempts surge to record highs in 2023

Attempts at book censorship increased significantly in 2023, with 4,240 titles targeted, marking a 65 percent rise from the previous year.
Books representing LGBTQ+ individuals and people of color accounted for 47 percent of those targeted in censorship attempts. [ more ]
LGBTQ Nation
4 months ago
Books

All aboard RuPaul's Rainbow Book Bus

RuPaul partnered with Allstora for a Rainbow Book Bus delivering banned books.
Allstora plans to hand out 10,000 books from the bus on a year-long tour. [ more ]
LGBTQ Nation
4 months ago
Books

Protestors interrupt a Moms for Liberty's "fascist" book banning meeting

Protestors interrupted a meeting held by Moms for Liberty (M4L) in Maryland, aiming to ban LGBTQ+-inclusive books from school libraries.
Protestors wore rainbow-colored garlands, flags, and signs with messages like 'Books not bigots,' 'Only fascists ban books' during the disruption. [ more ]
PinkNews | Latest lesbian, gay, bi and trans news | LGBTQ+ news
4 months ago
Books

Kids book Hooray for She, He, Ze, and They! celebrates identity amid LGBTQ+ book ban

Celebration of gender identity through pronouns in Amer's book
Book acts as a guide to discuss gender identity with children and normalize conversations on the topic. [ more ]
LGBTQ Nation
1 month ago
Writing

Scholastic releases Pride educator guide with resources for fighting anti-LGBTQ+ book bans - LGBTQ Nation

Scholastic publishes LGBTQ+ Pride guide for children's books, mental health support, and fighting book bans. [ more ]
www.theguardian.com
2 weeks ago
Education

Brazil's unparalleled spate of book bans is page out of US culture wars

Politically motivated book bans in Brazil target works focusing on race, gender, and LGBTQ+ issues, often supported by politicians aligned with former president Bolsonaro. [ more ]
morelgbtq
#allstora
Boston.com
4 months ago
Books

RuPaul is sending a rainbow bus to give away books targeted by bans

RuPaul co-founded Allstora, an online bookstore promoting underrepresented authors.
Allstora aims to distribute books targeted by bans and give authors a greater share of profits. [ more ]
PinkNews | Latest lesbian, gay, bi and trans news | LGBTQ+ news
4 months ago
Books

RuPaul runs rings around LGBTQ+ book bans with a giant rainbow bus

RuPaul Charles launched Allstora, an online book marketplace supporting LGBTQ+ authors and diverse voices.
He co-founded the Rainbow Book Bus, aiming to distribute LGBTQ+ titles to marginalized communities facing book bans and limited access. [ more ]
Boston.com
4 months ago
Books

RuPaul is sending a rainbow bus to give away books targeted by bans

RuPaul co-founded Allstora, an online bookstore promoting underrepresented authors.
Allstora aims to distribute books targeted by bans and give authors a greater share of profits. [ more ]
PinkNews | Latest lesbian, gay, bi and trans news | LGBTQ+ news
4 months ago
Books

RuPaul runs rings around LGBTQ+ book bans with a giant rainbow bus

RuPaul Charles launched Allstora, an online book marketplace supporting LGBTQ+ authors and diverse voices.
He co-founded the Rainbow Book Bus, aiming to distribute LGBTQ+ titles to marginalized communities facing book bans and limited access. [ more ]
moreallstora
Advocate.com
4 months ago
Books

Watch Moms for Liberty's co-founders look like fools trying to explain their failed book ban movement

Conservative movement targets LGBTQ+ issues in education
Moms for Liberty faces backlash in school board elections [ more ]
PublishersWeekly.com
5 months ago
Books

What's Ahead for Kids' Books in 2024?

Publishers and editors are still optimistic about the children's publishing industry despite challenges like book bans and declining reading rates.
There is a continued influx of talent and creative ambition in children's book submissions, which is encouraging for the industry. [ more ]
Substack
5 months ago
Books

A Bill in Virginia Would Ban Book Bans by School Boards

Virginia has introduced a bill to limit book bans and curriculum restrictions in schools, following the lead of other states.
The bill is a response to a previous bill signed by Governor Glenn Youngkin that allows parents to opt their students out of lessons using 'sexually explicit' materials. [ more ]
Substack
5 months ago
Books

American Intolerance and Book Bans: Book Censorship News, February 2, 2024

The Read Harder Challenge is celebrating its tenth year in 2024 and offers 24 tasks to diversify readers' TBRs
Data from surveys conducted by Book Riot and the EveryLibrary Institute highlight the importance of libraries and library workers [ more ]
Boston.com
5 months ago
Books

Book 'ban' reversed in North Attleborough after community reacts

The book 'Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice' covers topics such as social justice activism, discrimination, empathy, and joy.
The North Attleborough elementary school library will return the book to the shelves after facing community backlash. [ more ]
#free-expression
Above the Law
6 months ago
Education

Texas Library Censorship Attempt Struck Down By 5th Circuit

Texas legislation aimed at restricting or banning 'sexually explicit' books in public school libraries likely violates the Constitution, according to the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
The court's decision is seen as a victory for free expression and allowing parents to make decisions for their own children without government interference. [ more ]
NBC Boston
6 months ago
Books

Lawmakers weigh standard to guard access to library books

Lawmakers in Massachusetts are proposing a bill to protect books from being removed from public spaces based on personal or political views.
Book bans have been increasing in the country, with Massachusetts ranking fourth in attempts to remove books from shelves in 2022. [ more ]
Above the Law
6 months ago
Education

Texas Library Censorship Attempt Struck Down By 5th Circuit

Texas legislation aimed at restricting or banning 'sexually explicit' books in public school libraries likely violates the Constitution, according to the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
The court's decision is seen as a victory for free expression and allowing parents to make decisions for their own children without government interference. [ more ]
NBC Boston
6 months ago
Books

Lawmakers weigh standard to guard access to library books

Lawmakers in Massachusetts are proposing a bill to protect books from being removed from public spaces based on personal or political views.
Book bans have been increasing in the country, with Massachusetts ranking fourth in attempts to remove books from shelves in 2022. [ more ]
morefree-expression
#freedom-of-speech
www.mercurynews.com
6 months ago
Books

From Iowa to Florida, national lawsuits against local book bans begin to gain traction

Lawsuits challenging book bans in Florida and Iowa are playing a key role in the fight for student's access to literature.
A U.S. District Judge ruled that a federal lawsuit against the Escambia County School Board for censoring library shelves can move forward. [ more ]
Advocate.com
7 months ago
Books

Jennifer Finney Boylan, Transgender Author & Advocate, Elected President of PEN America

Jennifer Finney Boylan, author and queer rights activist, has been elected president of PEN America.
She has vowed to fight for freedom of speech and against book bans in schools and libraries across the country. [ more ]
www.mercurynews.com
6 months ago
Books

From Iowa to Florida, national lawsuits against local book bans begin to gain traction

Lawsuits challenging book bans in Florida and Iowa are playing a key role in the fight for student's access to literature.
A U.S. District Judge ruled that a federal lawsuit against the Escambia County School Board for censoring library shelves can move forward. [ more ]
Advocate.com
7 months ago
Books

Jennifer Finney Boylan, Transgender Author & Advocate, Elected President of PEN America

Jennifer Finney Boylan, author and queer rights activist, has been elected president of PEN America.
She has vowed to fight for freedom of speech and against book bans in schools and libraries across the country. [ more ]
morefreedom-of-speech
#ayanna-pressley
HuffPost
7 months ago
Books

Rep. Ayanna Pressley Wants To Take Down Book Bans With New Bill

Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley introduced the Books Save Lives Act to combat conservative book bans on topics of race, gender, and sexuality.
The bill aims to classify these bans as federal civil rights violations and require schools and libraries to include books from diverse authors and topics. [ more ]
Advocate.com
7 months ago
Books

Ayanna Pressley Introduces Bill to Counter Book Bans Nationwide

U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley introduces the Books Save Lives Act to combat book bans in schools and libraries.
The bill aims to ensure diverse book collections, enforce civil rights, and study the impact of book bans on underrepresented communities. [ more ]
HuffPost
7 months ago
Books

Rep. Ayanna Pressley Wants To Take Down Book Bans With New Bill

Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley introduced the Books Save Lives Act to combat conservative book bans on topics of race, gender, and sexuality.
The bill aims to classify these bans as federal civil rights violations and require schools and libraries to include books from diverse authors and topics. [ more ]
Advocate.com
7 months ago
Books

Ayanna Pressley Introduces Bill to Counter Book Bans Nationwide

U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley introduces the Books Save Lives Act to combat book bans in schools and libraries.
The bill aims to ensure diverse book collections, enforce civil rights, and study the impact of book bans on underrepresented communities. [ more ]
moreayanna-pressley
PinkNews | Latest lesbian, gay, bi and trans news | LGBTQ+ news
7 months ago
Books

Pink celebrates hometown as school board president swears in on banned books

Karen Smith, newly elected school board president in Pennsylvania, made a rebellious statement by being sworn in on a stack of frequently banned books.
Pink, who is from Pennsylvania, showed support for Smith and has been using her platform to criticize book bans. [ more ]
LGBTQ Nation
7 months ago
Books

Congressman debuts bill to cover school costs of defending books with LGBTQ+ content

Rep. Maxwell Frost is introducing the Fight Book Bans Act to help cover the costs of defending challenged books in Florida.
The bill has received endorsements from LGBTQ+ groups, civil rights organizations, and free speech groups. [ more ]
#book bans
The New Yorker
7 months ago
Books

When Your Own Book Gets Caught Up in the Censorship Wars

Tennessee's CRT/Age Appropriate Materials Law banned a book about George Floyd from being read or distributed at a high school.
The law in Tennessee prohibits teaching concepts that imply an individual is inherently privileged, racist, sexist, or oppressive, and that the state or the US is fundamentally or irredeemably racist or sexist. [ more ]
LGBTQ Nation
8 months ago
Books

Book banners came for this Colorado town. They didn't anticipate resistance.

Residents in Douglas County are fighting against book bans at the county library.
Conservative activists targeted books such as 'All Boys Aren't Blue' and 'The ABC's of Gender Identity' for promoting 'demonic narrative' and 'physically impossible' relationships. [ more ]
Advocate.com
8 months ago
Books

Pink to Hand Out Thousands of Banned Books at Florida Concerts in Partnership with PEN America

Pink will distribute banned books at her Florida concerts to take a stand against book bans.
Florida has banned the most books in public school classrooms and libraries compared to other states.
PEN America has sued the Escambia County School District in Florida over book bans. [ more ]
The New Yorker
7 months ago
Books

When Your Own Book Gets Caught Up in the Censorship Wars

Tennessee's CRT/Age Appropriate Materials Law banned a book about George Floyd from being read or distributed at a high school.
The law in Tennessee prohibits teaching concepts that imply an individual is inherently privileged, racist, sexist, or oppressive, and that the state or the US is fundamentally or irredeemably racist or sexist. [ more ]
LGBTQ Nation
8 months ago
Books

Book banners came for this Colorado town. They didn't anticipate resistance.

Residents in Douglas County are fighting against book bans at the county library.
Conservative activists targeted books such as 'All Boys Aren't Blue' and 'The ABC's of Gender Identity' for promoting 'demonic narrative' and 'physically impossible' relationships. [ more ]
Advocate.com
8 months ago
Books

Pink to Hand Out Thousands of Banned Books at Florida Concerts in Partnership with PEN America

Pink will distribute banned books at her Florida concerts to take a stand against book bans.
Florida has banned the most books in public school classrooms and libraries compared to other states.
PEN America has sued the Escambia County School District in Florida over book bans. [ more ]
morebook bans
time.com
1 month ago
Education

Why This Florida Mom Sued the Board of Education Over Book Bans

Florida parents sue Board of Education over lack of book removal objection process. [ more ]
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