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Notorious H.B.C. (History Book Club)

10/18/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host and Malaprop’s bookseller Patricia Furnish to discuss a range of books across different periods of history. We’re creating a book club that tackles the challenging subjects, hence “NOTORIOUS.” We meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7 pm. Our pick for October is The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez. 

David Williams presents When the English Fall

10/18/2018 - 6:00PM

A riveting and unexpected novel that questions whether a peaceful and non- violent community can survive when civilization falls apart.  Again, all are asleep, but I am not. I need sleep, but though I read and I pray, I feel too awake. My mind paces the floor. There are shots now and again, bursts here and there, far away, and I cannot sleep. I think of this man in his hunger, shot like a rabbit raiding a garden. For what, Lord? For stealing corn intended for pigs and cattle, like the...

Writers at Home featuring Tina Barr celebrating the launch of Green Target

10/21/2018 - 3:00PM

Join us for Writers at Home, hosted by Tommy Hays. The featured author is Tina Barr and will include a celebration of the launch of her newest book, The Green Target. Tina Barr’s 6 volumes of poetry include the just released Green Target (winner of the Barrow Street Press Book Prize, judged by Patricia Spears Jones), Kaleidoscope (Iris Press), The Gathering Eye, (Tupelo Press Editor’s Award) and 3 chapbooks, all winners of national chapbook competitions. Her poems have been published in...

Rescheduled Stay Tuned for More Details: Stella Vinitchi Radulescu and Luke Hankins present A Cry in the Snow and Other Poems

10/22/2018 - 6:00PM

Stella Vinitchi Radulescu's poetry dwells in spaces of paradox, seeking out the words, metaphors, and images that capture both the peaceful stillness of snow and the desperate cry of human experience. A Cry in the Snow often draws on these two fertile tropes: the beauty of nature and the power and limitations of language. A trilingual poet who has published in French, English, and her native Romanian, Radulescu seeks to harness the elemental aspects of human experience, working...

Chris Highland launches A Freethinker's Gospel: Essays for a Sacred Secular World

10/23/2018 - 6:00PM

From the Introduction to A Freethinker’s Gospel: “This book is a collection of fifty-two essays originally published as “Highland Views” columns in the Asheville Citizen-Times (North Carolina). The initial column, “Can a Secular Person have Devotion?,” appeared the first weekend in November, 2016. You’ll see from the selections here that I am literally all over the map with secular and spiritual topics. There have been “secular devotionals” on Francis of Assisi, Martin Luther, Thoreau,...

Story Time with Children's Author Jean Reagan

10/24/2018 - 10:00AM

Our weekly Story Time event, but better! Jean Reagan will share books from her bestselling series (How to Babysit a Grandma, How to Babysit a Grandpa, How to Catch a Santa, How to Surprise a Dad, etc.) and present her most recent release, How to Scare a Ghost. In How to Scare a Ghost, Guided by a tongue-in-cheek instructional style, two children show young readers how to set the stage for a spooktacular Halloween by carving...

Rachel Haley Himmelheber presents The Lucky Ones Get to be People

10/25/2018 - 6:00PM

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Works In Translation Book Club

10/25/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host and Malaprop's Bookstore Manager Justin Souther to discuss writers -- and their literature -- in translation and the cultural, political and artistic influences that mold them. Meets the last Thursday of every month. The pick for October is Epitaph of a Small Winner: A Novel by Machado de Assis, translated by William L. Grossman.

Charles Dodd White presents In the House of Wilderness

10/26/2018 - 6:00PM

Rain is a young woman under the influence of a charismatic drifter named Wolf and his other “wife,” Winter. Through months of wandering homeless through the cities, small towns, and the landscape of Appalachia, the trio have grown into a kind of desperate family, a family driven by exploitation and abuse. A family that Rain must escape. When she meets Stratton Bryant, a widower living alone in an old east Tennessee farmhouse, Rain is given the chance to see a bigger world and find herself a...

Anastasia Higginbotham presents Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness

10/27/2018 - 2:00PM

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness is a a picture book that invites white children and parents to become curious about racism, accept that it's real, and cultivate justice. "Quite frankly, the first book I've seen that provides an honest explanation for kids about the state of race in America today." --Elizabeth Bird, librarian "A much-needed title that provides a strong foundation for critical discussions of white people and racism, particularly for young audiences. Recommended...

Amy Cherrix presents Backyard Bears: Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban Wildlife

10/28/2018 - 3:00PM

Join us for a fun and informative event with our own Malaprop's Bookseller and Children's Buyer, Amy Cherrix! North Carolina's black bears were once a threatened species, but now their numbers are rising in and around Asheville. But what happens when conservation efforts for a species are so successful that there's a boom in the population? Can humans and bears live compatibly? What are the long-term effects for the bears? Author Amy Cherrix follows the scientists who, in cooperation with...

Gavin Edwards presents The World According to Tom Hanks: The Life, the Obsessions, the Good Deeds of America's Most Decent Guy

10/29/2018 - 6:00PM

In The World According to Tom Hanks, through deep research and interviews, Gavin Edwards will explore and celebrate how Tom Hanks lives his life, mirroring the way that he embodies optimism and integrity in his movie roles. This book, paired with original illustrations from acclaimed illustrator R. Sikoryak, will give insight into the actor by collecting the best stories about how he behaves in the world, providing a loving retrospective of his film career, and putting it all into the...

An Evening with Jan Karon at First Baptist Church

10/30/2018 - 5:00PM

Malaprop’s Bookstore in collaboration with the Center for Faith and Life at First Baptist Church of Asheville invites you to join us for an evening with New York Times bestselling author of the Mitford Series, Jan Karon. Please note that admission into this event includes a ticketed option and a free option:  5:00 p.m. VIP Meet and Greet in the Dining Room, where light refreshments will be served. $24 ticket price includes pre-signed and personalized copy of Bathed in Prayer. Buy your...

Dacre Stoker presents Dracul

10/30/2018 - 6:00PM

The prequel to Dracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author of the classic novel, Dracul is a supernatural thriller that reveals not only Dracula's true origins but Bram Stoker's--and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them. It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate...

Therese Fowler presents A Well Behaved Woman in conversation with Denise Kiernan at UNCA

10/30/2018 - 7:00PM

The riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family as they rule Gilded-Age New York, from the author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. Therese Anne Fowler will be joined in conversation by Denise Kiernan, author of The Last Castle. This event is part of the University of North Carolina Asheville's Visiting Writers Series. It will be held in the Mountain View Room in Sherrill Center. For more info visit https://english.unca.edu/visiting-...

Frankenreads

10/31/2018 - 1:00PM

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein with us on Halloween! Starting at 1 pm, stop into Malaprop's and perform a 1-minute dramatic reading from Frankenstein on our Instastory to be entered into a drawing for cool prizes! Prizes include an autographed copy of  We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix. Costumes are enthusiastically encouraged (but not required.)  At 3 pm, Bookseller Lauren will host Spooky Storytime for the kiddos! There will be cupcakes! At 6...

Talking Cats, Spunky Bugs, Treacherous Math, and Friendship with Four Middle Grade Authors

11/01/2018 - 6:00PM

Join us for a fun evening with four of North and South Carolina’s most popular children’s book authors: Constance Lombardo (Mr. Puffball trilogy), Rebecca Petruck (Boy Bites Bug, Steering Toward Normal), Stacy McAnulty (The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl), and Jo Hackl (Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe). The authors will share insights to inspire reluctant readers, and reveal the secrets of how they write witty and tender page-turners for the middle school audience. Author and Malaprop's...

Chaya Bhuvaneswar presents White Dancing Elephants

11/02/2018 - 6:00PM

A woman grieves a miscarriage, haunted by the Buddha's birth. An artist with schizophrenia tries to survive hatred and indifference in small-town India by turning to the beauty of sculpture and dance. Orphans in India get pulled into a strange "rescue" mission aimed at stripping their mysterious powers. A brief but intense affair between two women culminates in regret and betrayal. A boy seeks memories of his sister in the legend of a woman who weds death. And fragments of history, from child...

Poetrio

11/04/2018 - 3:00PM

Join us for our monthly poetry event featuring three poets. In November we welcome Gabrielle Calvocoressi, author of Rocket Fantastic Poems, Thomas March, author of Aftermath, and  GennaRose Nethercott, author of The Lumberjack's Dove. 

LGBTQ Book Club

11/05/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host Alex Ruiz to discuss a wide-ranging selection of fiction and non-fiction focused on the LGBTQ community. This month's selection is Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow. 

Lee Zacharias presents Across the Great Lake in conversation with Tommy Hays

11/05/2018 - 6:00PM

A haunting novel of nautical adventure, love, ghosts, and tragedy on the Great Lakes. In her eighty-fifth year, Fern Halvorson recalls her childhood journey on a great coal-fired ferry in the icy winter of 1936--and the secret she has kept since that ill-fated voyage. As his wife lies dying in the brutally cold winter of 1936, Henrik Halvorsen takes his daughter Fern away with him. He captains a great coal-fired vessel, the Manitou, transporting railroad cars across the icy lake. The five...

Kristina McMorris presents Sold On a Monday

11/06/2018 - 6:00PM

2 CHILDREN FOR SALE. The sign is a last resort. It sits on a farmhouse porch in 1931, but could be found anywhere in an era of breadlines, bank runs and broken dreams. It could have been written by any mother facing impossible choices. For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family's dark past. He snaps a photograph of the children, not meant for publication. But when it leads to his big break, the consequences are more devastating than he ever...

Current Events Book Club

11/06/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host Bruce Roth and people interested about what is happening in the world for a lively discussion on topics of current interest, including war and peace, the economy, the environment, plus other hot political topics. This month's pick is TBA.

WILD Book Club

11/06/2018 - 6:30PM

Join former Malaprop's General Manager and bookseller Linda-Marie Barrett at the Battery Park Book Exchange for meetings of the WILD (Women in Lively Discussion) book club. This woman-only book club seeks to have fun by reading books (fiction & non) by women writers that intrigue us. The November 2018 selection is A Loving, Faithful Animal by Josephine Rowe. 

Malaprop's Book Club

11/07/2018 - 7:00PM

The Malaprop's Book Club, hosted by Jay Jacoby, explores a diverse selection of fiction and nonfiction books determined by member suggestion. The November 2018 selection is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

Jennie Liu presents Girls on the Line in conversation with Joanne O'Sullivan

11/07/2018 - 6:00PM

Sixteen-year-old Luli has just aged out of the orphanage where she grew up, and her childhood friend Yun helps her get a job at the factory where Yun works. Both girls enjoy the freedom of making their own decisions and earning their own money--until Yun gets pregnant by her boyfriend, who's rumored to be a human trafficker. China's restrictive family planning laws put Yun in a difficult position: she'll either have to have an expensive abortion or face crippling fines for having a child out of...

Jennie Liu presents Girls on the Line

11/07/2018 - 6:00PM

Sixteen-year-old Luli has just aged out of the orphanage where she grew up, and her childhood friend Yun helps her get a job at the factory where Yun works. Both girls enjoy the freedom of making their own decisions and earning their own money--until Yun gets pregnant by her boyfriend, who's rumored to be a human trafficker. China's restrictive family planning laws put Yun in a difficult position: she'll either have to have an expensive abortion or face crippling fines for having a child out of...

E. C. Ambrose presents Elisha Daemon

11/08/2018 - 6:00PM

Elisha was once a lowly barber-surgeon from the poorest streets of 14th-century London; now, he may be the most powerful magus alive. He faces the necromancers, a shadowy cult of magi who draw their power from fear and murder--and who have just unleashed the greatest plague the world has ever known upon a continent already destabilized by wars, assassinations, and religious conflict Empires and armies are helpless with no clear enemy to fight. The Church loses its hold upon the faithful as...

Charles Vess presents The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition by Ursula K. Le Guin and illustrated by Charles Vess

11/09/2018 - 6:00PM

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea with renowned fantasy artist Charles Vess. Vess will present The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition by Ursula K. Le Guin and illustrated by Charles Vess. This collection places all the Earthsea novels together for the first time and includes the never-before-published Earthsea story (“The Daughter of Odren”), and “Firelight,” the last story of Earthsea, published...

Susan Harlan presents Decorating a Room of One's Own: Conversations on Interior Design with Miss Havisham, Jane Eyre, Victor Frankenstein, Elizabeth Bennet, Ishmael, and Other Literary Notables

11/11/2018 - 3:00PM

What would Little Women be without the charms of the March family's cozy New England home? Or Wuthering Heights without the ghost-infested Wuthering Heights? Getting lost in the setting of a good book can be half the pleasure of reading, and Decorating a Room of One's Own brings literary backdrops to the foreground in this wryly affectionate satire of interior design reporting. English professor and humorist Susan Harlan spoofs decorating culture by...

Anne Fitten Glenn presents Western North Carolina Beer: A Mountain Brew History

11/12/2018 - 6:00PM

 Over the past two hundred years, Western North Carolina has evolved from a mountainous frontier known for illicit moonshine production into a renowned destination for craft beer. Follow its story from the wild days of saloons and the first breweries of the 1870s through one of the longest Prohibitions in the nation. Eventually, a few bold entrepreneurs started the first modern breweries in Asheville, and formerly dry towns and counties throughout the region started to embrace the industry...

Mystery Book Club

11/12/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host Tena Frank for a discussion of Song of the Lion: A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel by Anne Hillerman.

Discussion Bound Book Club

11/13/2018 - 12:00PM

Hosted by the Asheville Art Museum, this monthly discussion is a place to exchange ideas about readings that relate to artworks and the art world, and to learn from and about each other. The Novemeber 2018 selection is Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art? by An Kyung and Jessica Cerasi.   

Ben Fountain presents Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution in conversation with Wiley Cash

11/13/2018 - 6:00PM

In a sweeping work of reportage set over the course of 2016, bestselling author Ben Fountain recounts a surreal year of politics and an exploration of the third American existential crisis. Twice before in its history, the United States has been faced with a crisis so severe it was forced to reinvent itself in order to survive: first, the struggle over slavery, culminating in the Civil War, and the second, the Great Depression, which led to President Roosevelt's New Deal and the...

Leslie Zemeckis presents Feuding Fan Dancers in conversation with Tessa Fontaine

11/14/2018 - 6:00PM

It was the golden age of American entertainment, and Bacon and Rand fought their way through the competitive showgirl scene of New York with grit and perseverance. They played peek-a-boo with their lives, allowing their audiences to see only slivers of themselves. A hint of a breast? A forbidden love affair? They were both towering figures, goddesses, icons. Until the world started to change. Little is known about who they really were, until now. Feuding Fan Dancers tells the story of...

Michael Tisserand presents Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White

11/15/2018 - 6:00PM

In the tradition of Schulz and Peanuts, an epic and revelatory biography of Krazy Kat creator George Herriman that explores the turbulent time and place from which he emerged--and the deep secret he explored through his art. The creator of the greatest comic strip in history finally gets his due--in an eye-opening biography that lays bare the truth about his art, his heritage, and his life on America's color line. A native of nineteenth-century New Orleans, George Herriman came of age as...

Notorious H.B.C. (History Book Club)

11/15/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host and Malaprop’s bookseller Patricia Furnish to discuss a range of books across different periods of history. We’re creating a book club that tackles the challenging subjects, hence “NOTORIOUS.” This month's pick is The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response by Peter Balakian. 

Robin Gaiser presents Open for Lunch

11/16/2018 - 6:00PM

Robin Gaiser on her new book, Open For Lunch: "Something" has led me to ask perfect strangers, especially persons who don't appear to be me like me, to have lunch with me when I'm out alone and grabbing a bite to eat. This "something" has driven me to seek lunch mates for over 12 years and continues to this day. ​Just last week an invited diner, a man named *Andrew, and I found heart-felt connection over fried chicken and coleslaw at KFC. We ended up talking for three hours. You may ask what...

Carla Hall presents Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration

11/17/2018 - 2:00PM

Carla Hall has been eating soul food her whole life and cooking it her whole career. In her highly anticipated new book she shares over 150 of her favorite recipes--a combination of easy weeknight meals, centered around seasonal vegetables, and rich celebration dishes for special occasions. These recipes have roots in history and heritage but are also Hall’s present-day twists on the classics, along with her original creations. Hall writes: “You may be wondering, ‘What’s the...

Writers at Home

11/18/2018 - 3:00PM

Join host Tommy Hays for our monthly reading series featuring work from UNCA’s Great Smokies Writing Program and The Great Smokies Review.

Works In Translation Book Club

11/29/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host and Malaprop's Bookstore Manager Justin Souther to discuss writers -- and their literature -- in translation and the cultural, political and artistic influences that mold them. This month's selection is Heartsnatcher by Boris Vian, translated by Stanley Chapman. 

Barbara Kingsolver Signs Unsheltered

11/29/2018 - 1:00PM

Please note that this is a signing only event. Barbara Kingsolver will not be speaking and will not sign copies of her other titles. She will only sign Unsheltered and will not be personalizing copies. The New York Times bestselling author of Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, and The Poisonwood Bible returns with a timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval. Malaprop's is thrilled to...

Kevin McIlvoy presents At the Gate of All Wonder with Christine Hale author of A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice

11/30/2018 - 6:00PM

About At the Gate of All Wonder: Samantha Peabody, a seasoned bio-acoustician and eccentric recluse living in North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest, recalls in this journal-like novel her year with two children who accompanied her in a “Sonic Adventure Program,” deep in the woods. While she relates the story of the love that develops between her and the children — despite her efforts to resist —Sam offers a ferociously honest confession of love’s demise. Twelve years earlier, she’d chosen to...

Oxford American’s 2018 North Carolina Music Issue Launch

12/01/2018 - 3:00PM

Oxford American magazine, Yep Roc Records, and Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café are proud to present the Oxford American's 2018 North Carolina Music Issue Celebration on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café Asheville, NC. This free to the public event will feature a diverse group of writers reading stories from the issue, along with musical punctuations by co-curator, Raleigh-based songwriter Tift Merritt. Featured guests at the Asheville readings will...

Poetrio

12/02/2018 - 3:00PM

Join us for our monthly event featuring three poets. December's line up is TBA. 

LGBTQ Book Club

12/03/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host Alex Ruiz to discuss a wide-ranging selection of fiction and non-fiction focused on the LGBTQ community. December's pick is A Wild Swan: And Other Tales by Michael Cunningham.   

Bobby Sullivan launches Revolutionary Threads: Rastafari, Social Justice, and Cooperative Economics

12/04/2018 - 6:00PM

Revolutionary Threads offers an American Rasta's retelling of episodes in American history with an anticolonial thrust, accented by Bobby Sullivan's own personal experiences. The book ties together various subjects while returning each time to the culture of Rastafari, social justice movements, and cooperative economics. From how we perceive history in general, America's precolonial past, and global capitalism's early development and the resistance to it, to political prisoners and a...

WILD Book Club

12/04/2018 - 6:30PM

Join former Malaprop's General Manager and bookseller Linda-Marie Barrett at the Battery Park Book Exchange for meetings of the WILD (Women in Lively Discussion) book club. This woman-only book club seeks to have fun by reading books (fiction & non) by women writers that intrigue us. They ordinarily meet at 6:30 P.M. on the first Tuesday of the month.  The pick for December 2018 is Over the Plain Houses by Julia Franks. 

Malaprop's Book Club

12/05/2018 - 7:00PM

The Malaprop's Book Club, hosted by Jay Jacoby, explores a diverse selection of fiction and nonfiction books determined by member suggestion. This month's selection is WAR by Sebastian Junger.   

Jen Sincero presents You are a Badass Everyday

12/06/2018 - 6:00PM

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Children's author Debra Frasier as the "Queen of Letters"

12/08/2018 - 1:00PM

Join us for a fun, empoweing letter writing activity with Debra frasier, author and illustrator of A Fabulous Fair Alphabet and "On the Day You Were Born." As the "Queen of Letters," Frasier will help children and parents set their intentions for the coming year. Take a seat in her beautiful red tent. Choose your alphabet cards and unlock her Golden Box of Wisdom Words. Discover your Word-of-Power — the word that will help make YOU a stronger YOU in the coming year…(And...

Quincy Troupe presents Miles and Me

12/08/2018 - 7:00PM

Poet, activist and journalist Quincy Troupe's candid account of his friendship with Miles Davis is a revealing portrait of a great musician and an engrossing chronicle of the author's own artistic and personal growth. Miles and Me describes in intimate detail the sometimes harrowing processes of Davis's spectacular creativity and the joys and travails Davis's passionate and contradictory temperament posed to the two men's friendship. Miles and Me shows how Miles Davis, both...

Mystery Book Club

12/10/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host Tena Frank for a discussion of Rest You Merry (Peter Shandy Mysteries #1) by Charlotte MacLeod.   

Discussion Bound Book Club

12/11/2018 - 12:00PM

Hosted by the Asheville Art Museum, this monthly discussion is a place to exchange ideas about readings that relate to artworks and the art world, and to learn from and about each other. The pick for December is Looking at Mindfulness: Twenty-five Paintings to Change the Way You Live by Christophe Andre. 

Laura E. Wolfson presents For Single Mothers Working As Train Conductors in conversation with Elizabeth Kostova

12/11/2018 - 6:00PM

Laura Esther Wolfson's literary debut draws on years of immersion in the Russian and French languages; struggles to gain a basic understanding of Judaism, its history, and her place in it; and her search for a form to hold the stories that emerge from what she has lived, observed, overheard, and misremembered. In "Proust at Rush Hour," when her lungs begin to collapse and fail, forcing her to give up an exciting and precarious existence as a globetrotting simultaneous interpreter, she seeks...

Notorious H.B.C. (History Book Club)

12/20/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host and Malaprop’s bookseller Patricia Furnish to discuss a range of books across different periods of history. We’re creating a book club that tackles the challenging subjects, hence “NOTORIOUS.” The December pick is The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard. 

Works In Translation Book Club

12/27/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host and Malaprop's Bookstore Manager Justin Souther to discuss writers -- and their literature -- in translation and the cultural, political and artistic influences that mold them. The December 2018 pick is The Little Virtues: Essays by Natalia Ginzburg, translated by Dick Davis, with a forward by Belle Boggs.

Mesha Maren presents Sugar Run

01/08/2019 - 6:00PM

In 1989, Jodi McCarty is seventeen years old when she's sentenced to life in prison for manslaughter. She's released eighteen years later and finds herself at a Greyhound bus stop, reeling from the shock of unexpected freedom. Not yet able to return to her lost home in the Appalachian mountains, she goes searching for someone she left behind, but on the way, she meets and falls in love with Miranda, a troubled young mother. Together, they try to make a fresh start, but is that even possible in...

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