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March 2016

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Our Tattered Cover V.I.B. selections are books that are staff favorites and true stand-outs in a world of many excellent and compelling new books.

This month's adult V.I.B. pick is 
by Mona Awad

This month's children's V.I.B. selection is
by Rachel Isadora

Check out all of our previous selections here: adults, and kids.

Autographed Book Collectors' Club

by bestselling author Joyce Maynard
Autographed Book Collectors' Club selection for March 2016

A club for the true collector, the ardent bibliophile, and all lovers of the printed word. Members of the  ABC Club receive one signed first edition chosen by our buyers and events staff each month.

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7News Book Club

Meteorologist Lisa Hidalgo not only knows the weather, she knows great books, and is an avid reader! Each month she shares her picks on the  7News website.

This month's book is
edited by Pamela Paul

Mention the 7News Book Club when making your purchase in-store to receive 20% off the current selection.

Dom's Book Club
Dom Testa is an author, advocate for children's education, and the host of Dom in the Morning on Mix 100.3. He loves reading, and we
love sharing his book reviews with you. Check out his blog and happy reading!

This month's  book is
by Ken Follett

Mention Dom's Book Club when making your purchase  in-store 
to receive 20% off the current selection.


Young Children's Storytimes
Tuesdays at 10:30 am, Colfax Avenue
Saturdays at 10:30 am, Historic LoDo
Tuesdays at 10:30 am & Saturdays at 10:30 am, Aspen Grove


Tuesday, March 1,  7:00 pm,
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Randy Henderson will read from and sign his second novel
Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free: A Darkly Funny Urban Fantasy ($25.99 Tor), the sequel to his acclaimed debut novel,
Finn Fancy Necromancy.

Wendy Terrien
Wednesday, March 2,  6:00 pm,
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Colorado author Wendy Terrien will read from and sign her debut urban fantasy novel for young readers The Rampart Guards: Chronicle One in the Adventures of Jason Lex ($12.99 Camashea Press).

Ed Warner
Wednesday, March 2,  7:00 pm,
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Ed Warner will discuss and sign his new book based on his time in Africa Running with Rhinos: Stories from a Radical Conservationist ($20.95 Greenleaf Book Group).

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Brian Laidlaw will read from and sign his wonderfully accomplished and highly original debut collection of poems The Stuntman ($16.00 Milkweed Editions), and award-winning poet Wayne Miller will read from and sign his acclaimed collection The City, Our City ($16.00 Milkweed Editions).

David Williams
Thursday, March 3, 7:00 pm,
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Freelance photographer David Williams will discuss and sign his photographic collection Men with Cats: Intimate Portraits of Feline Friendship ($12.95 Quirk Books).

Karen Brown
Thursday,  March 3, 7:00 pm,
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Life coach, author, speaker, and Ultra athlete Karen Brown will discuss and sign her book Journey to Kona: A Path to True Potential ($14.95).

Lita Ford
Friday, March 4, 6:00 pm,
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Hailed as the mother of all metal (Los Angeles Times), and one of the greatest female electric guitar players to ever pick up the instrument (Elle), Lita Ford will sign her new memoir Living Like a Runaway ($26.99 Dey Street Books).
Important event and ticketing information.

Connie Shoemaker
Saturday, March 5, 2:00 pm,
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Local author Connie Shoemaker, co-founder and Director Emerita of Spring International Language Center, and storytelling and writing teacher for the Osher Life-Long Learning Institute (OLLI), will discuss and sign her memoir The Good Daughter: Secrets, Life Stories, and Healing ($14.95).

Saturday, March 5, 5:00 pm,
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Tattered Cover Film Series
Sunday, March 6, 1:00 pm,
Sie FilmCenter
This month we'll screen the 1954 Federico Fellini classic La Strada.
Tickets are $1.00, and are available one hour before the screening from the box office.

Mark Tompkins
Monday, March 7, 7:00 pm,
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Debut author and part time Aspen, CO, resident Mark Tompkins will read from and sign his acclaimed, brilliantly imagined novel The Last Days of Magic ($26.95 Viking).

Active Minds Seminar: Iraq: 25 Years Later
Tuesday, March 8, 12:30 pm,
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Amber Tamblyn
Tuesday, March 8, 7:00 pm,
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Acclaimed poet and actress Amber Tamblyn will read from and sign her poetry collection Dark Sparkler ($17.99 HarperPerennial).

Len Vlahos
Tuesday, March 8, 7:00 pm,
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Tattered Cover co-owner, former punk-rocker, and young adult author Len Vlahos will perform and discuss and sign his new novel Scar Girl ($17.95 Carolrhoda Books), the sequel to his bestselling debut novel The Scar Boys.

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Register here for this free teen workshop.

C. J. Box
Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 pm,
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C. J. Box, the multiple award-winning author of more than a dozen novels including the acclaimed Joe Pickett series, will read from and sign his new Joe Pickett mystery Off the Grid ($27.00 Putnam).

Karen Branan
Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 pm,
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Veteran journalist Karen Branan will discuss and sign her important new book The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, a Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth ($26.00 Atria Books).

Thursday, March 10, 7:00 pm,
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Jeffery Deaver, the international bestselling author of more than twenty-seven suspense novels, including The Bone Collector, which was made into a film starring Denzel Washington, will read from and sign The Steel Kiss ($28.00 Grand Central).

Friday, March 11, 7:00 pm,
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Award-winning author and historian David O. Stewart will read from and sign his historical thriller The Wilson Deception ($25.00 Kensington), and the new paperback edition of Madison's Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America ($16.99 Simon & Schuster).

Friday, March 11, 7:00 pm,
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Sere Prince Halverson, the international bestselling author of The Underside of Joy, will read from and sign her new novel  All the Winters After ($24.99 Sourcebooks Landmark).

T. Jefferson Parker
Tuesday, March 15, 7:00 pm,
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Three-time Edgar Award winner T. Jefferson Parker will present his new thriller Crazy Blood ($26.99 St. Martin's Press).

Brian Freeman
Tuesday, March 15, 7:00 pm,
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Brian Freeman, the internationally bestselling author of psychological suspense novels featuring detectives Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial, will present his chilling new novel featuring Stride and Dial , Goodbye to the Dead ($26.99 Quercus Books).

Wednesday, March 16, 6:00 pm,
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Colorado author Pat Loewi will present her inspiring book Shout: A Loud and Lively Book Showcasing the Talents, Thoughts, Ideas and Voices of Kids Who Are Differently "Able" ($19.99).

Lisa Lutz
Wednesday, March 16, 7:00 pm,
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Lisa Lutz, the author of the New York Times bestselling, Edgar Award and Macavity Award nominated, and Alex Award-winning Spellman Files series, will present her eagerly anticipated new novel The Passenger ($25.99 Simon & Schuster).

Thursday, March 17, 6:00 pm,
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Patrick Carman, the New York Times bestselling author of such acclaimed series as the Land of Elyon and Atherton, and the teen superhero novel Thirteen Days to Midnight, will present his hilarious new book for middle grade readers Fizzopolis: The Trouble with Fuzzwonker Fizz ($12.99 Katherine Tegen Books). Kekla Magoon, the author of Camo Girl and The Rock and the River, winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award, Magoon will present  Infinity Riders: Voyagers 4  ($12.99 Random House Books for Young Readers).

Andy Glockner
Friday, March 18, 7:00 pm,
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National sportswriter Andy Glockner will present his new book   Chasing Perfection: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the High-Stakes Game of Creating an NBA Champion ($25.99 Da Capo Press).

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Joyce Maynard
Monday, March 21, 7:00 pm,
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ABC Club Selection for March
Joyce Maynard, the New York Times bestselling author of Labor Day and After Her, will read from and sign her new novel Under the Influence ($25.99 William Morrow).

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Wednesday, March 23, 7:00 pm,
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Anne Weil, the voice and creative mind behind the popular Flax & Twine website (www.flaxandtwine.com), will lead a mini-workshop and discuss her new book Knitting Without Needles: A Stylish Introduction to Finger and Arm Knitting ($19.99 Potter Craft).

Douglas Bradley & Craig Werner
Thursday, March 24, 7:00 pm,
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Authors Douglas Bradley, a Vietnam veteran, and Craig Werner, professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will discuss and sign their new book We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War ($26.95 University of Massachusetts Press).

Thursday, March 24, 7:00 pm,
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A forager and permaculturist with roots in rural Nebraska, Jerome Osentowski will discuss and sign his new book The Forest Garden Greenhouse: How to Design and Manage an Indoor Permaculture Oasis ($34.95 Chelsea Green).

Family Friday Night
Friday, March 25, 6:00 pm,
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Jeffrey Price
Friday, March 25, 7:00 pm,
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Colorado author Jeffrey Price, a screenwriter best known for co-writing Who Framed Roger Rabbit, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and Shrek III, will present his debut mystery novel Improbable Fortunes ($24.95 Archer Books).

Whole Kids Storytime
Tuesday, March 29, 10:30 am,
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Tuesday, March 29, 6:00 pm,
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Lisa Yee, whose popular books for young readers included Warp Speed and Millicent Min, Girl Genius, will discuss and sign her new book Wonder Woman at Super Hero High ($13.99 Random House Books for Young Readers).

Poetry Open Mic
Tuesday, March 29, 7:00 pm,
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Wednesday, March 30, 7:00 pm,
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Historians Thomas J. "Dr. Colorado" Noel and Craig W. Leavitt will discuss and sign their new book Herndon Davis: Painting Colorado History, 1901-1962 ($34.95 University Press of Colorado).

March 2016 Indie Next List
by Joshilyn Jackson 
(William Morrow, $26.99)
"Paula Vauss, née Kali Jai, is complicated, with every right to be so. When she was a young girl, her mother landed in prison and Paula spent time in foster care. Kai, Paula's Southern, bohemian, Hindu story-telling, boyfriend-hopping mother, loves her, but circumstances surrounding the separation permanently alter their unique love and each spends time trying to make life work again. This is a poignant story of hurt and forgiveness, of secrets and courage, and ultimately of allowing love and family to make one whole again. Jackson's The Opposite of Everyone will remain in readers' hearts long after the last line is read."  -Annell Gerson, Bookmiser, Roswell, GA

by Lisa Lutz 
(Simon & Schuster, $25.99) 
"Thrilling and impossible to put down, this is the sharp, witty, and often sassy story of a woman, variously known as Norah/Jo/Tanya/Amelia/Debra/et al., on the run from events in her past for which she claims innocence. Her only chance of freedom is to run, and while running she changes identities and adds new troubles almost faster than readers can keep track. A meeting with a mysterious woman named Blue puts her on a new path, one that hopefully will lead her home and give her a chance to finally clear her name. Fast-paced and full of unexpected obstacles, this is a roller-coaster ride of a read you don't want to miss."  -Nancy McFarlane, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

by Helen Oyeyemi 
(Riverhead, $27)
"There is magic in Helen Oyeyemi's writing. There is magic in the settings, which shift between the conventional and the fantastic as readers devotedly follow her characters down any path they please. There is magic in the tales themselves, as readers recognize a situation only to have it bloom into a flower they have never imagined before, full of beauty or of dread. And, most certainly, there is magic in such breathtaking prose and unimaginable characters. This is a captivating story collection, filled with both fairy tale whimsy and dark, complicated mystery. Highly recommended!"  -Luisa Smith, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

by Fiona Barton 
(NAL, $26)
"Readers on the hunt for the newest, hottest thriller can take heart: Barton's debut novel is impeccably paced and quietly terrifying, sure to fill any void left after reading The Girl on the Train. Jean Taylor is reeling over the loss of her husband, but the man she knows and the man the police know are two very different people. Told in alternating voices, The Widow is perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and Tana French and will have readers on the edge of their seats."  -Annie B. Jones, The Bookshelf, Thomasville, GA

by Steve Olson 
(W.W. Norton, $27.95)
" Eruption is everything a nonfiction book should be: Marvelous storytelling mixed with a great cast of characters, fascinating science, and little-known history. Anyone with even a passing interest in the Pacific Northwest or volcanoes will love this book. I read it in three long, satisfying gulps, and, like all great books, its stories linger in the mind long after you've read the last page." -Tom Campbell, The Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NC

by Seré Prince Halverson 
(Sourcebooks Landmark, $24.99) 
"This is the compelling story of a damaged young woman, Nadia, who has taken refuge in a cabin in the Alaskan woods for the last 10 years after escaping an abusive marriage. Kachemak Winkel, the cabin's owner, returns to Alaska after a long absence, still mourning for his parents and older brother who lost their lives in a plane crash 20 years earlier. Two young, damaged souls are at the heart of this beautifully written novel, and the wild and dangerous beauty of Alaska is present throughout. Perfect for book groups!"  -Patricia Worth, River Reader Books, Lexington, MO

by Danielle Dutton 
(Catapult, trade paper, $15.95)
 "Dutton's novel takes the already extraordinary life of Margaret Cavendish - 17th century natural philosopher, author of T he Blazing World, and Duchess of Newcastle - and transforms it into a stunning work of historical fiction. With women in the sciences a hot issue today, Margaret the First satisfies a craving for women's writing, women's voices, and women's stories, painting a portrait of a sensitive, thoughtful woman hungry not just for praise and recognition, but acknowledgment, affirmation, and validation. Margaret the First is a triumph!"  -Liz Wright, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX

by Jacquelyn Mitchard 
(Simon & Schuster, $25.99)
"Mitchard has woven a gripping narrative of a family borne out of tragedy. Frank loses his wife and unborn son to a tsunami, and in the midst of rescuing others saves a small boy. This child, Ian, possesses a special gift that impacts those around him in powerful ways. As Frank tries to form a new family, there are repercussions from Ian's past that put them both at risk. This is the marvelous story of Frank and Ian's journey as both try to handle the pain of the past and accept the joy of new beginnings. I loved it!"  -Stephanie Crowe, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL

by A. Igoni Barrett 
(Graywolf Press, trade paper, $16)
"We have seen transformation handled masterfully in literature, and Blackass, with its black, Nigerian protagonist waking up in the body of a white man, immediately calls to mind Kafka's Metamorphosis. But this is something more, something different. There is a willingness here to confront how we create our identities - racially, politically, and even on social media. Barrett does this with intelligence and a playful humor that is by turns bright and biting. There is an edge to Blackass, a fire, the beginning of trouble. This is Kafka for the Kanye generation."  -Kenny Coble, King's Books, Tacoma, WA

by Carlo Rovelli 
(Riverhead, $18)
"With a deft sensibility associated more often with poetry than theoretical physics, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics not only makes understandable the transcendent physical discoveries of the past century, but also reveals their powerful relevance to the human spirit. A revelatory and concise account of quantum mechanics, relativity, and the delight in both finding answers and seeking new questions, this jewel of a book lyrically demystifies the extraordinary realities of the cosmos."  -Robin J. Dunn, St. John's College Bookstore, Annapolis, MD

by Ethan Canin 
(Random House, $28)
"I love settling into a novel where I meet smart yet conflicted protagonists and get right into their skin. In A Doubter's Almanac, Milo Andret's mathematical genius is as much a burden as it is a gift. He makes a series of choices - damaging to both himself and his family - that would seem to unravel any empathy readers might have for him, but Canin's eloquent prose brings out the humanity in even the most flawed individuals. This is a novel filled with characters whose struggles with intellect, family, and vulnerability I won't soon forget." - Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books & Café, Wichita, KS

b y Joyce Maynard 
(William Morrow, $25.99)
"Remembrances from The Great Gatsby ran through my head both as a warning and a promise the entire time I read Under the Influence.   I  was fascinated by the Havillands, the whirlwind couple at the center of the book, with their wealth, their ease, and their charm. It is easy to see why they appeal to Helen, weary and downtrodden as she is, and why she slips so easily into their embrace. I felt a growing sense of unease as the pages passed, picking up the warning signals Helen ignores, but I was as helpless to escape as she is. I couldn't stop reading until I reached the bitter end!" - Lauren Peugh, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ

by Lavie Tidhar 
(Melville House, $25.95)
"Tidhar's brilliant novel channels pulp fiction conventions to grapple with the horrors of the Holocaust. In its opening pages, readers are dropped into late 1930s England where Oswald Mosley is about to become prime minister and Hitler, whose Nazi party was defeated by the Communists, is a down-at-the-heels private investigator, a sad and tortured little man. As it turns out, this alternate history is a fever dream of a prisoner at Auschwitz. Who is to say that turning the powerful into the defeated - even as a fantasy - isn't an important tool in coping with brutality and dehumanization?"  -Anmiryam Budner, Main Point Books, Bryn Mawr, PA

by Sara Baume 
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $23)
"Baume's debut novel is a heartbreaking story of loneliness and friendship, depression and pure joy, as revealed through the relationship between a man and the dog he rescues. Baume's transcendent use of language and utterly original voice had me stopping to read whole sentences - even entire paragraphs - aloud. Spill Simmer Falter Wither is an amazing achievement by a writer who makes her work seem effortless."  -Mary Wolf, Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse, Santa Fe, NM

by Michelle Hoover 
(Black Cat, trade paper, $16)
"In the years following World War I, the Hess family settles on Iowa farmland hoping to escape anti-German sentiment. Two of their girls disappear as the U.S. marches towards World War II, and relationships both within and outside of the family suffer. Based loosely on an unearthed family secret, Hoover has written an atmospheric novel evocative of both a time and place."  -Kris Kleindienst, Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO

by Mona Awad 
(Penguin Books, trade paper, $16)
"For anyone who has ever, at any moment of her life, felt inadequate, insecure, inferior, or inept, and turned to the LifeCycle for a bit of solace only to find herself feeling even worse, 1 3 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl will resonate, rattle, and inspire. Mona Awad is an exciting new voice, both honest and hilarious, with the ability to face, with head held high, all of the obstacles we throw at ourselves that often stand in the way of our own happiness." - Susan Hans O'Connor, Penguin Bookshop, Sewickley, PA

by Matthew Griffin 
(Bloomsbury, $26)
"On the outer edge of a struggling small town in North Carolina lives a long-married - in name, if not in fact - couple, Frank and Wendell. For all the decades they have been together they have hidden from the world to protect themselves, but now Frank's health is failing. The poignancy of Wendell's struggle to keep Frank safe is heartbreaking. These are not characters we see often in fiction - poor and rural and gay and old - but Griffin draws them so honestly and well that we quickly know them and come to care deeply for them."  -Michael Barnard, Rakestraw Books, Danville, CA

by Chris Pavone 
(Crown, $26)
"Full of twists and turns, secrets and lies, and enough misdirection to keep you guessing, Pavone's third novel delivers everything readers have come to expect from his thrillers. As in his previous work, the world of publishing takes a central role: This time it's a fading travel magazine and its companion travel agencies in the midst of an acquisition. Will and Chloe are a young married couple dealing with a home in need of extensive repairs so Chloe decides to take a less active role at Travelers magazine after Will is brought on board as the European correspondent. When Will meets an alluring woman while on assignment, she will change his life in ways he never could have foreseen."  -Billie Bloebaum, A Children's Place, Portland, OR

by Shawna Yang Ryan 
(Knopf, $26.95)
"Like Vaddey Ratner's In the Shadow of the Banyan, Ryan's heartbreaking novel takes readers to an island with a history unknown to many: Taiwan. Rarely portrayed in a work of fiction, Taiwan is an island of complex political relations, families torn apart by political unrest, and a lush and beautiful physical landscape. Told in luscious prose, Green Island teaches readers about the humanity of mankind, the brutality of political power and unrest, and why some secrets are never told. I cannot wait to handsell this!"  -Annie Philbrick, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT

by Catherine Lowell 
(Touchstone, $25.99)
" The Madwoman Upstairs is both a reference to the insane wife of Edward Rochester in Jane Eyre and to Samantha Whipple, who is the last remaining descendant of the Brontë sisters. This exciting literary debut is in part a study of literature, specifically the works of the Brontë sisters, and in part an exploration of the mystery of their legacy. Samantha cannot escape her past with their work, the world's interest in her inheritance of previously undiscovered family treasures, and the current puzzle of artifacts mysteriously appearing in her room that may or may not answer some of her questions. For mystery and Brontë fans alike, this is a delightful romp by very clever author to watch."  -Terry Gilman, Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego, CA

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