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Benaway, Gwen Authors

Gwen Benaway is of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. She is the author of two previous poetry collections, Ceremonies for the Dead and Passage. A Two-Spirited Trans poet, she has been described as the spiritual love child of Tomson Highway and Anne Sexton. She has received many distinctions and awards, including the Dayne Ogilvie Honour of Distinction for Emerging Queer Authors from the Writers’ Trust of Canada. Her poetry and essays have been published in national publications and anthologies, including The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s Magazine, CBC Arts, and many others. Her latest book, Holy Wild (Book*hug, 2018) was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, a Publishing Triangle Award, and the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and was longlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Gwen’s fourth poetry collection, day/break, is forthcoming from Book*hug in Spring 2020. Gwen was born in Wingham, Ontario and currently resides in Toronto, Ontario.

BFW19 Panel #3: Poetry: Melanie Janisse Barlow, Gwen Benaway and Jim Johnstone

October 19 @ 1:00 pm
School of Creative Arts (SoCA) The Armouries
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Johnstone, Jim Authors

Jim Johnstone is a Toronto-based poet, editor, and critic. He’s the author of five books of poetry, including The Chemical Life (Véhicule Press, 2017), Dog Ear (Véhicule Press, 2014), and Patterncity (Nightwood Editions, 2010). He’s also the recipient of the Bliss Carman Poetry Award, a CBC Literary Award, The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, Matrix Magazine’s LitPop Award and Poetry‘s Editors Prize for Book Reviewing. Johnstone is currently the poetry editor at Palimpsest Press, where he edited The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry in 2018.

BFW19 Panel #3: Poetry: Melanie Janisse Barlow, Gwen Benaway and Jim Johnstone

October 19 @ 1:00 pm
School of Creative Arts (SoCA) The Armouries
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Leibler, ML Authors

M. L. Liebler is an internationally known & widely published Detroit poet, university professor, literary arts activist and arts organizer. He was named The 2017-2018 Murray E. Jackson Scholar in the Arts Award at Wayne State University. Liebler is the author of 15 books and chapbooks. Forthcoming recordings & vinyl include Poetry Score: M. L. Liebler & Al Kooper & Howlin at The Moon by M. L. Liebler & The Coyote Monk Poetry Band.

BFW19 Panel #2: RESPECT: M.L. Liebler, Jim Daniels, W.D. Ehrhart and, Cindy Hunter Morgan

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Wong, Lindsay Authors

Lindsay Wong is the bestselling, award-winning author of The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug-Raids, Demons, And My Crazy Chinese Family. Her debut memoir won the 2019 Hubert Evans Nonfiction Prize, and it was a finalist for the Writers Trust’s 2018 Hilary Weston Prize, the 2019 edition of Canada Reads, and long listed for the 2019 Stephen Leacock Medal in Humour. It was also named a Best Book of 2018 by the Quill and Quire and a 2018 Globe 100 Book.

Her YA novel My Summer Of Love And Misfortune is forthcoming from Simon Pulse in 2020.

Wong holds a BFA in Creative Writing from The University of British Columbia and a MFA in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University in New York City.

She is currently based in Vancouver.

BFW19 Spotlight: Non-Fiction: Lindsay Wong

October 19 @ 8:00 pm
School of Creative Arts (SoCA) The Armouries
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O’Neil, Ben Authors

Ben O’Neil is a Toronto-based illustrator, artist and screenwriter. He completed an undergraduate degree in Art Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University in 2016. Since then he has worked as a freelance designer and illustrator, self-publishing zines and comics, and working with various brands and business including Sweet Jesus, Left Field Brewery, Rise Kombucha and Ryerson University. In 2017 he co-wrote his first short film The Sunset Channel with director Matthew Kinahan, which was selected to compete for the Golden Egg Prize at the Reykjavik International Film Festival last year. He also co-wrote the short film Buzzard with director Joy Webster, which was selected for inclusion at Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent showcase at the Cannes Film Festival. Ben’s first full-length graphic novel, APOLOGETICA, was published by Popnoir Editions in Spring 2019.

October 19 @ 11:00 am
School of Creative Arts (SoCA) The Armouries
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Ghedi Santur, Hassan Authors

Hassan Ghedi Santur emigrated from Somalia to Canada at age thirteen. He has a BA in English Literature and an MFA from York University, and an MA from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He has worked as a radio journalist for CBC radio and his print journalism work has appeared in the New York Times, Yahoo News, and The Walrus, among others. In 2010, he published his debut novel Something Remains, followed by Maps of Exile, an exploration of the plight of African migrants in Europe. He is currently working on his third novel, Other Worlds, Other Lives.

BFW19 Panel #5: Storytelling: Hassan Ghedi Santur and Sandra Muse Isaacs

October 19 @ 5:00 pm
School of Creative Arts (SoCA) The Armouries
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Bromley Bartram, Jessica Authors

Jessica Bromley Bartram is an illustrator, graphic designer, writer, and embroidery enthusiast who lives in Ottawa with her partner Ian and beagle-mutt Eleanor. She spends her days as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, often combining both parts of her job for both client and personal projects. Her collection of illustrated short stories, Ghost Water Kiss, was published in 2019 by Popnoir Editions. She recently illustrated a picture book, Charles by Stephen Hume, for Fitzhenry and Whiteside, and has also published work in The Globe and Mail and CAROUSEL.
“Miss Bartram’s art is suffused with such exuberance and joy as to revitalize one’s eye- to redirect it upon the world with renewed hunger and curiosity. The potent mixture of innocence and control of the medium makes her color work quite hard to resist. Her art is meditative, absorbing and minutely crafted. These are the travel notes of a biologist / botanist with Hans Christian Andersen and Arthur Rackham soul. Through her annotations about our world and her own, we are revealed a landscape of enormous inner and outer beauty.” – Guillermo Del Toro

BFW19 Workshop: Graphic Storytelling: Jessica Bromley Bartram and Ben O’Neil

October 19 @ 11:00 am
School of Creative Arts (SoCA) The Armouries
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Muse Isaacs, Sandra Authors

Bio of Sandra Muse Isaacs, PhD.

Siyo, Boozhoo, Skano, Tansi, and hello. My name is Sandra Muse Isaacs, and I’m of Eastern Cherokee descent (Ani-tsisqua, Bird Clan) and Gaelic Scottish heritage (Clan MacRae). I am a mother and grandmother, and I currently live on the Six Nations of the Grand River territory with my husband, who is Kahnien’keha:ka (Mohawk). As an associate professor of Indigenous Literature, I’m also an alumnus of the University of Windsor. I hold both a BA in Honors English and an MA in English and Creative Writing, with a few published poems and short stories. My PhD is in English and Cultural Studies from McMaster University, and I taught in their Indigenous Studies Program.

I am honored to now live and work once again in the traditional territories of the Anishnaabe Peoples, of the Three Fires Confederacy. I grew up on the west side of Detroit with twelve siblings, and am deeply connected to the Detroit/Windsor region.

My book is titled Eastern Cherokee Stories: A Living Oral Tradition and Its Cultural Continuance and was released July of 2019, through the University of Oklahoma Press in their “American Indian Studies” line. The work documents and examines Eastern Cherokee Oral Tradition as both an ancient and contemporary literary form with emphasis on cultural survivance, nationhood, Indigenous resistance, and tribal sovereignty, along with its modern usage in land reclamation, cultural regeneration, and language revitalization amongst a highly literate and technical Native American band in the southern Appalachian Mountains.

My field of research is in Indigenous Literature and critical theory, Indigenous oral storytelling, Orality theory, Oral Histories, Creative Writing, and Post-Colonialism. My work examines the parallels between Indigenous oral traditions and their Earth-connected teachings which are becoming more pertinent with the changing global climate and recognition of the damage to the Earth caused by human practices of resource extraction – stealing the life-giving bloods of the Earth. Much of Indigenous literature is based on the ancient oral stories which are the foundation of the 500+ nations/tribes throughout Turtle Island (North America) and in my courses, we look for ways that the old storytelling appears within the written works of literature. I’m also interested in the interstices of Cherokee society and that of early Scottish settlers, along with the parallels between Indigenous cultures here and ancient Gaelic culture.

BFW19 Panel #5: Storytelling: Hassan Ghedi Santur and Sandra Muse Isaacs

October 19 @ 5:00 pm
School of Creative Arts (SoCA) The Armouries
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Hunger Morgan, Cindy Authors

My book of poems informed by Great Lakes shipwrecks, Harborless (Wayne State University Press), is a 2018 Michigan Notable Book and the winner of the 2017 Moveen Prize in Poetry. I also have two chapbooks. Apple Season won the Midwest Writing Center’s 2012 Chapbook Contest, judged by Shane McCrae. The Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker won The Ledge Press 2011 Poetry Chapbook Award. My poetry has appeared in a variety of journals, including Tin House Online, The Journal of American Poetry, Salamander, Sugar House Review, and West Branch. I write regularly for Murder Ballad Monday, a blog devoted to the exploration of the murder ballad tradition in folk and popular music.

BFW19 Panel #2: RESPECT: M.L. Liebler, Jim Daniels, W.D. Ehrhart and, Cindy Hunter Morgan

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Daniels, Jim Authors

Jim Daniels is the author of seventeen books of poems, including, most recently, Rowing Inland and Street Calligraphy. His latest book of fiction, The Perp Walk, was published by Michigan State University Press in 2019, along with the anthology he edited with M.L. Liebler, RESPECT: The Poetry of Detroit Music. During his long career, he has warmed up for Lucinda Williams at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, read on Prairie Home Companion, had his poem “Factory Love” displayed on a racecar, and is sending poetry to the moon as part of the Moon Arts Project. A native of Detroit, he currently resides in Pittsburgh where he is the Thomas S. Baker University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

BFW19 Panel #2: RESPECT: M.L. Liebler, Jim Daniels, W.D. Ehrhart and, Cindy Hunter Morgan

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Ehrhart, W.D Authors

W. D. Ehrhart’s most recent book is Thank You for Your Service: Collected Poems, McFarland & Company, Inc., 2019. He is the subject of The Last Time I Dreamed About the War: Essays on the Life and Writing of W. D. Ehrhart, Jean-Jacques Malo, ed., McFarland, 2014, and has received the President’s Medal from Veterans for Peace, and an Excellence in the Arts Award from Vietnam Veterans of America. He was the last Poet-in-Residence at the old Downtown Detroit Metropolitan YMCA before that building was razed, and hopes those two events were not somehow related.

BFW19 Panel #2: RESPECT: M.L. Liebler, Jim Daniels, W.D. Ehrhart and, Cindy Hunter Morgan

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Shields, Vanessa Authors

Vanessa Shields is the owner of Gertrude’s Writing Room – A Gathering Place for Writers, Windsor, Ontario’s first creative writing school where she teaches workshop, classes, and offers editorial and mentoring services. She has published one memoir (Laughing Through A Second Pregnancy), and two collections of poetry (I Am That Woman and Look At Her) with Black Moss Press. A third collection of poetry will be published in Spring 2021 by Palimpsest Press. Shields has organized and taught hundreds of workshops in schools and read at locations in Ontario, Canada and beyond. She has been a keynote speaker at various literacy events and has done a TedX talk. Her passion for reading and writing extends beyond the page into the community.

Workshop options: October 19 1:00 and 2:30 pm

www.gertrudeswritingroom.com | www.vanessashields.com

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Hurley, Blair Authors

BLAIR HURLEY is the author of THE DEVOTED, published by W.W. Norton, which was longlisted for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Her work is published or forthcoming in The Georgia Review, Ninth Letter, Guernica, Paris Review Daily, West Branch, and elsewhere. She received a 2018 Pushcart Prize, an Ontario Arts Council grant, and scholarships from Bread Loaf and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.

BFW19 Panel #4: Fiction: Blair Hurley and Nadja Lubiw-Hazard

October 19 @ 2:30 pm
School of Creative Arts (SoCA) The Armouries
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Janisse-Barlow, Melanie Authors

Melanie Janisse-Barlow is a poet and artist. Her collection of poetry, Orioles in the Oranges (Guernica, 2009), was listed for the Relit Award, and her essay poems Detroit were listed in Best American Essays (2013). She lives between her home in Windsor, Ontario and her wooden boat Kalinka in Toronto.

BFW19 Panel #3: Poetry: Melanie Janisse Barlow, Gwen Benaway and Jim Johnstone

October 19 @ 1:00 pm
School of Creative Arts (SoCA) The Armouries
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Lubiw-Hazard, Nadja Authors

Nadja is a writer and a veterinarian. Her work has been published in Understorey, Room, Canthius, and The Dalhousie Review. The Nap-Away Motel is her first novel. She lives in Toronto with her wife and their two daughters.

BFW19 Panel #4: Fiction: Blair Hurley and Nadja Lubiw-Hazard

October 19 @ 2:30 pm
School of Creative Arts (SoCA) The Armouries
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Bourrie, Mark Authors

Mark Bourrie is a historian, journalist, and student-at-law. His latest book, Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson, was a national best-seller. He is also the author of The Fog of War: Censorship of Canada’s Media in World War II, Kill the Messengers: Stephen Harper’s assault on Your Right to Know, and The Killing Game: Martyrdom, Murder and the Lure of Isis.

BFW19 Spotlight: Non-Fiction: Mark Bourrie

October 19 @ 4:00 pm
School of Creative Arts (SoCA) The Armouries
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Sylvestre, Paul-François Authors

Originally from Saint-Joachim, Paul-François Sylvestre is a novelist, essayist, novelist and literary critic. He is credited with twenty books on the history of Franco-Ontarians and at least four novels whose action is located in the Windsor region: Ces chers escrocs, Obéissance ou résistance, Terre natale, Sissy ou une adolescence singulière. Doubly minority – Francophone in Ontario and homosexual -, he approaches his two identities in several essays and novels. Mr. Sylvestre is the literary critic for the weeklies Le Rempart (Windsor) and L’Express (Toronto). His reviews also appear on the blog www.jaipourmonlire.ca Author’s site: www.pfsylvestre.ca

Four centuries seperate Étienne Brûlé’s first rowing strokes in the waters of Lake Huron, dance steps of Burundi’s drummers in the streets of Toronto or Ottawa. Over the course of time, the francophone community has taken roots in all regions of Ontario. The community has blossomed with institutions that reflect its language and culture and fight for its rights. It is this exceptional journey, supported by an impressive bibliographical and iconographic research, that we invite you to relive here. In French Ontario, four centuries of history, Paul-François Sylvestre skillfully traces the rich history of the roots of the Francophone community in Ontario.

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Keelan-Bishop, Marc Authors

Marc Keelan-Bishop has different revenue sources. “I sell murals, my rebel posters, and posters sponsored by Franco-Ontarian organizations. Besides that, I organize workshops in schools, I make infographics for municipal elections and I illustrate conferences.”

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Perro, Bryan Authors

Perro, Bryan [Shawinigan, June 11, 1968]
Bryan Perro went to college for social sciences at Cégep, Shawinigan in 1988, then graduated from the Université du Québec à Montréal with a bachelor’s degree in Theater Teaching in 1992, with additional training in visual arts. In 2003, he completed a Master’s degree in Quebec Studies at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, where he studied the werewolf very seriously, which made him the only Canadian lougarologist. Writer, storyteller, comedian and director, notably for the Théâtre de la Bécane, he taught theater at Shawinigan College from 1994 to 2003. Holder of a column in the cultural monthly Le Sorteux from 1998 to 2002, he collaborated on a daily basis to Le Nouvelliste from 2005 to 2011. Author of several plays, he launched in 2003 the first volumes of his youth series Amos Daragon which has become one of the best-selling series in Quebec with 1,700,000 titles sold. Translated into twenty-three languages ​​and present in twenty-seven countries, Bryan Perro remains to this day one of the most widely read Canadian authors around the globe. He won the science fiction and fantasy youth award in 2006 for the 8th edition of the Amos Daragon series, La cité de Pégase, and in 2007 he designed a great show for all, Éclyps, presented at the Cité de l’Énergie during the summer season. Then come the mega performances on Amos Daragon and Dragao, still at the Cité de l’Énergie. We met him in 2012 on the stage of the symphonic house where, supported by Maestro Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, he presented one of his tales. Designer and host of his own television show on Radio-Canada, he explored from 2011 to 2013 the mythology and popular imagination of Quebec. He opened the season of TNM in September 2015 with a theatrical adaptation of Moby Dick in a staging by Dominic Champagne. To date, Bryan Perro has worked as a screenwriter for Zone 3 (Nuit de peur), has scripted the video game Sang Froid and prepares the new adventures of Amos Daragon, in cartoons, to be launched in January 2020 on the air with Radio-Canada. General director and artistic director of Culture Shawinigan since July 2015, he is made Knight of the Order of the Ordre international de la Francophonie. Bryan Perro is also a publisher (Perro Publisher) since 2011 and bookseller (Perro librarian) from 2013 to 2018. His passion for hockey has made him join in 2014 the group of shareholders of Shawinigan Cataractes, a Major Junior Hockey League team of Quebec. Translated in Chinese in 2018, Bryan Perro accumulates visits and projects in the Middle Kingdom.

Bryan Perro, born Bryan Perreault has trained as a comedian and is a theater teacher at UQAM. He holds a masters degree in Québec studies at UQTR. He is known for his youth series Amos Daragon which has been translated into 18 languages.

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2019 Authors Authors

Watch this space for an exciting line up of authors.

Authors and publicists wishing to submit, please see our submissions page here.

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Christopher Paul Curtis

Curtis, Christopher Paul Authors

Christopher Paul Curtis was born and reared in Flint, Michigan. After high school graduation, he worked on the assembly line of the Fisher Body Plant/Flint Plant No. 1 and graduated from the Flint branch of the University of Michigan. His first book, The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963, received a Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor book citation in 1996, and Bud, Not Buddy received the Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award in 2000. Subsequent titles include the acclaimed Elijah of Buxton, which won a Newbery Honor, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, the TD Canadian Children’s Book Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction; and its two companion novels, The Madman of Piney Woods, nominated for the Silver Birch and Rocky Mountain Book Awards; and The Journey of Little Charlie, which will be published by Scholastic in early 2018. Christopher Paul Curtis lives with his wife and two children in Windsor, Ontario.

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Eva Crocker

Crocker, Eva Authors

EVA CROCKER’s stories have been published in Riddle Fence, The Overcast, and The Telegram’s Cuffer Anthology. Barrelling Forward was shortlisted for the 2015 RBC Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers. Crocker recently completed a Master’s Degree in English Literature at Memorial University.

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David Bouchet (DaoudaToubab)

Bouchet, David Authors

David Bouchet (DaoudaToubab) est éditeur, écrivain et scénariste (La pirogue, 2012, Sélection du Festival de Cannes – Un Certain Regard). Il a passé l’essentiel de sa vie à Dakar et est ancré à Montréal depuis 2010. Soleil est son premier roman.

David Bouchet (Daouda Toubab) is an editor, writer and screenwriter. He spent most of his life in Dakar, Senegal and has lived in Montreal since 2010. Sun of a Distant Landis his first novel.

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Souleye et sa famille arrivent du Sénégal et s’installent à Montréal. Ils veulent «devenir d’ici», ne pas se retourner. Mais tout ne se passe pas comme prévu, et P’pa se retrouve dans le sous-sol de l’appartement, où il se met à creuser un trou. Ou est-ce un puits? Son esprit semble en transit entre deux continents. Pour Souleye, les questions fusent et les réponses n’ont pas de formes connues. Simplement, il faut reboucher la folie de P’pa.

Souleye, que sa nouvelle amie Charlotte a rebaptisé Soleil, réfléchit beaucoup et connaît le langage des yeux. Il pose un regard subtil et ouvert sur l’être humain. Par le récit de ses espoirs et de ses peurs, il nous transporte à travers l’histoire de l’humanité, «une lente histoire de dissolution et de transformation».

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James Bartleman

Bartleman, James Authors

James Bartleman is the former lieutenant governor of Ontario and the bestselling author of the novels As Long as the Rivers Flow and The Redemption of Oscar Wolf. A member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, he is also a retired ambassador and a member of the Order of Canada. He lives in Perth, Ontario. His latest book with Dundurn Press is Seasons of Hope.

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Noelle Allen

Allen, Noelle Authors

Noelle Allen is the owner and publisher of Wolsak and Wynn, a quirky little literary press based in Hamilton, Ontario. She is the past chair of the Literary Press Group and of gritLIT: Hamilton’s Readers and Writers Festival. She is the current chair of the Literary Advisory Committee of the Hamilton Arts Council, which promotes awareness of the literary arts in the city of Hamilton and coordinates the Hamilton Arts Council Literary Awards.

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Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm

Akiwenzie-Damm, Kateri Authors

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm is an Anishinaabe writer, poet, editor and the founder and managing editor of Kegedonce Press, an Indigenous publisher based in the territory of her people, the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation, Saugeen Ojibway Nation in southwestern Ontario. Kegedonce Press is the only established Indigenous publisher in Ontario and one of only four nationally. Her recent book, the collection of short stories The Stone Collection, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was a finalist for a Sarton Literary Award. She wrote the recent Globe and Mail opinion piece, The cultural appropriation debate is over. It’s time for action.

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