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October 24, 7pm
2289 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
From shining shoes to shining portrayals on the silver screen (Moonstruck, The Godfather II, Do the Right Thing), Danny Aiello delivers his autobiography, I Only Know Who I Am When I Am Somebody Else.

 

October 27, 7pm
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003

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Whether she’s playing Hillary Clinton to Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin on SNL or climbing walls (real or metaphorical) on Parks & Recreation, Amy Poehler rides a wave of ironic, yet upbeat humor. In this much-awaited debut, the multi-talented celeb writes with winning candor about sundry topics under the sun including, but not limited to, her experiences as a child of two Massachusetts teacher parents, early career calamities, television fame, movie fortune, and family happiness. This aptly-titled affirmation qualifies as the perfect shelf companion to Fey’s Bossypants.

Note: A limited amount of wristbands will be distributed at 10:00 am with purchase of Yes Please to enter the event space.
October 28, 1pm
555 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017

Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac
Mick Fleetwood not only contributed his last name to the famous rock band, but the Fleetwood Mac drummer is its only member who has been there ever since in its 1967 beginnings. In this candid memoir, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer describes the group’s complicated, often fractious relationships as they created their music and toured. He also frankly describes the effects of fame and sudden wealth had on him personally. (P.S. Fleetwood and Fleetwood Mac are still thriving. Their 2013 tour was their most successful outing ever.)

October 27, 7pm-8pm
The Strand, 828 Broadway at 12th Street, 3rd floor. Unknown
Just in time for Halloween! Strand hosts an all-star roster of horror hotshots moderated by New York Asian Film Festival co-founder and Horrorstör author Grady Hendrix. Joining Grady for the evening will be horror director JT Petty; Ellen Datlow, World Fantasy Award Winner, consulting editor at Tor.com and editor of the collections Lovecraft’s Monsters and The Best Horror of the Yearseries; John Langan, Sarah Langan, and Laird Barron.

Buy a copy of Horrorstör or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. All options admit one person. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout.

 

October 30, 6:30pm-9:30pm
A Conversation with Edward Norton & Samson Parashina Moderated by Fred Guterl

Join Absolute Travel for an intimate conversation on the intersection of travel, conservation and sustainability with Edward Norton, award-winning actor and UN Ambassador for Biodiversity; Samson Parashina, MWCT’s President, Chairman of the Board & Champion of the Earth recipient; Katie Losey, Absolute Travel Director of Marketing and Founder of Absolute Awareness; and moderator Fred Guterl, Executive Editor of the Scientific American.

Tickets are available from the Absolute Travel website. All tickets for this event must be purchased through Absolute Travel. 100% of profits go toward supporting the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust’s anti-poaching efforts.


jobs

Lukeman Literary Management Ltd.

Title: Assistant Literary Agent

Location: NYC/Remote

Requirements:

  • Very tech-savvy and highly detailed oriented, with excellent organizational skills
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Proficiency with Windows and Mac, and advance knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Adobe Photoshop, PDF and FTP uploading and Epub conversion
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and on multiple tasks simultaneously in an organized manner.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven ability to exercise considerable discretion in handling information of a confidential and/or sensitive nature
  • Strong and meticulous follow-up
  • Ability to troubleshoot technical problems
  • Ability to be flexible, and to learn quickly

Preferred Experience

  • Previous office experience in publishing and/or in handling similar tasks strongly preferred.
  • Experience in a technical and/or production department of a publisher or literary agency
  • Experience uploading to Amazon KDP, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play and B&N.
  • Experience with an FTP program like Filezilla, and experience working with metadata in Excel
  • Experience with EPUB conversion and ebook layout, and ideally with Altantis and Stanza
  • Experience with Ingram/Lightning Source and/or POD layout and uploading
  • Experience with online publicity and social networking
  • Experience with website design, such as Frontpage
  • Foreign languages a plus
  • Knowledge of contracts and comfort in working with them

 

Description:
we are seeking a tech-savvy and self-motivated individual for the position of Assistant Literary Agent, answering directly to the President. The position will be primarily focused on all-things ebooks related—converting and formatting files ready for ebook production, uploading them to various platforms, social networking, online publicity, jacket design, POD layout, and overseeing a network of domestic and international distribution. The position will also be heavily focused on books in translation, so while the candidate is only required to speak English, he/she must also be at least comfortable in working with titles in other languages. While the position is tech-heavy and primarily focused on ebooks, it will also sometimes include the traditional duties of an assistant literary agent, administrative and editorial, dealing with authors, editors and others, and assisting the President as needed. It will also require working with contracts and overseeing a network of freelancers. The position will entail an endless and ever-changing array of technical duties, and as no two days will be the same, we need someone who is flexible, adapts easily to change, fast-working, and open to constantly learning in an ever-changing tech environment. This is an exciting opportunity to learn the workings of a literary agency and ebook publishing, in a hands-on position with much responsibility.

The ideal candidate will be very tech-savvy, an independent worker with outstanding administrative skills, a personable demeanor and a love for books, especially commercial fiction. The position will require the candidate to work with highly confidential and sensitive manuscripts, files, passwords, and sales and financial data, so the candidate must be highly trustworthy and have references demonstrating such. This position will also require the candidate to work remotely much of the time, so the candidate must feel comfortable being self-motivated and highly-disciplined. It will allow the candidate great freedom and flexibility of work days/hours—but also require that work goals are met. This position may also occasionally entail editing and/or copyediting, so editorial experience is preferred. The accuracy of every technical detail is crucial, so the candidate must be meticulous and detail-oriented. The position offers room for growth for the right candidate.

To Apply: 
Please email your cover letter and resume to noah@lukeman.com

 

 

mms-logo-header1Metro Media News

Title: Copyeditor

Type: Part-time

Location: NYC

Requirements:

  • 3 years of experience editing or proofreading for a newspaper or magazine
  • Knowledge of InDesign and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Excellent knowledge of AP Style
  • Good writing skills, including headline writing
  • Comfortable working on a deadline
  • Newspaper design skills a plus

Description: 
Metro, the world’s largest and fastest growing online and print media company, is seeking a part-time copy editor for the New York office. This position will be responsible for proofreading pages in all three editions of Metro US. The position requires excellent knowledge of AP Style as well as grammar, spelling and attention to detail. The candidate should be familiar with a wide variety of topics, as you’ll be responsible for reading news, entertainment and sports pages. The position also will require flexibility in scheduling

To Apply: Visit this site to apply.

 

 

Little Bee Books

logoTitle: Editorial Assistant

Location: NYC

Requirements: 
• Bachelor’s degree
• Prior internship or 1–2 years publishing and/or office experience in children’s publishing
• Exceptional writing skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Must have an understanding and awareness of general children’s marketplace and publishing industry
• Self-directed and independent with the ability to follow through consistently on assignments
• Good time management skills, organized, capable of multi-tasking across departments, activities, and projects
• Detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of their daily activities are handled with accuracy
• Excellent grammar, spelling, communication, and writing skills
• Copyediting/proofreading experience preferred
• Mastery of email and calendar management tools, specifically Outlook
• Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Must be available to start within four weeks

Description:
We are currently seeking an Editorial Assistant to provide administrative and editorial support to the Editorial Director of little bee books.

Main responsibilities:
• Traffic and log editorial materials on active projects. Update editorial commissioning schedules on a weekly basis and circulate to relevant staff.
• Organize Editorial Director’s calendar as necessary. Make travel arrangements, set up meetings, and book meeting rooms.
• Liaise with other departments (design, production, sales and marketing, publicity, etc.) to relay messages, follow-up on requests for information, and in general, anticipate when to proactively act on messages.
• Communicate with authors, artists, and agents.
• Create tip sheets, budget drafts, and cover copy for children’s books.
• Proofreading, collating advances, keyboarding text corrections.
• Create and send standard letters/acknowledgements – e.g. proposal rejections/freelance applications.
• Read and evaluate manuscripts or drafts and write reader’s reports.
• Answer phones, e-mail, photocopy, mail material, file correspondence, log invoices, process expenses, and handle general editorial tasks as needed.

To Apply: 
Please email your résumé and cover letter to careers@littlebeebooks.com


link of the weekWe’ve all had moments when we wished we could talk to an author about their work, their process, their life. Author events are common enough, especially in cities like New York and Boston, but they tend to be executed on a more formal level.

If discussing a book with its author sounds appealing, then BooktheWriter.com might be the perfect resource for you. With genres ranging from memoir and poetry to fiction and food, there’s something for everyone. The list of authors to choose from is packed with those whose books have been on the New York Times Bestseller list, and authors who may not have always been writers, like Christina Haag, who is still in acting, and former investment banker William D. Cohan. Authors are magazine and newspaper writers too, which provides for a variety of writing styles.

Click the banner below to visit and explore Book the Writer’s website!

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Stories are cornerstones of culture, whether they be communicated orally, by manuscripts copied by hand, or through the modern publishing system. What we produce is said to be a reflection of who we are as a society. So what does the lack of diversity in publishing say about the industry and its important role as a promoter of culture?

11-3Publisher’s Weekly held a panel discussion on October 16th to discuss diversity in the publishing industry workforce and the effect it has on what books are published. Publishing is not well-known for its racial and cultural diversity, and the discomfort regarding this problem is increasing. We Need Diverse Books, a “grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature” (Source) was launched last spring in a three-day campaign that was designed to raise awareness, brainstorm solutions, and take action on behalf of diversity. Even Buzzfeed and NPR have contributed to the discussion on why diversity is important to readers, culture, and the publishing industry.

One of the highlights taken from the discussion was the issue of power within publishing. Publishers often explain the lack of diversity in books as a problem of an unwelcoming market, but authors who are trying to wade into these controversial waters pin it on an unwelcoming industry. Blame for why there is a lack of diversity can be pinned on anyone and anything imaginable, but pointing fingers won’t bring change. As Jim Milliot, PW’s editorial director, said, “It can’t just be one segment of the industry working on this. We all have to get involved in changing this situation” (Source).

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PC: Oregon APWA Diversity Committee

Daniel José Older, a contributing writer at Buzzfeed, agrees that the responsibility to promote diversity falls on the shoulders of everyone who is involved, but he goes a step further. “Ultimately, editors and agents hold exactly the same amount of responsibility that writers do in making literature more diverse,” he said. “The difference is, editors and agents have inordinately more power and access in the industry than writers do. As Arthur A. Levine’s executive editor, Cheryl Klein said: ‘It’s important to have advocates at every stage, from editing to marketing, from librarians to authors, so it’s an industry-wide effort’” (Source). There’s something to be said about agents and editors who recognize the need for diversity and seek out ways in which they can affect change for both the author and for the industry as a whole. Agents and editors may not have the most power, but they are the ones that stand between authors and the publishers; they are the ones who have the power to make the industry listen.

“Your ability to imagine that there is a market has to do with your ability to imagine that those people exist. And if [you] can’t imagine that people of color actually exist and can buy books, then you can’t imagine selling books to them. That’s not just about a company corporate diversity policy; it’s about actually knowing what’s going on in communities of color.”
Ken Chen, poet and director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop

But what if the industry refuses to listen, and instead relies on the traditional, and increasingly out-dated, way of doing business? Johnny Temple is the founder of Akashic Books, an independent publishing company that is “dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction by authors who are either ignored by the mainstream, or who have no interest in working within the ever-consolidating ranks of the major corporate publishers” (Source). “If the industry doesn’t get more economically and ethnically diverse, it’s just going to be a pit that people are not going to be able to climb out of,” Temple said, “as this certain cultural sphere becomes less relevant to the population at large” (Source).

What good is a publishing industry that doesn’t maintain its responsibility to the culture as a whole? Diverse voices are relevant and necessary to shaping and reflecting modern culture as it really is. Diversity shouldn’t remain an option, or a “mission,” so to speak, but should become something that occurs organically. We’re not there yet, but with the changes that the digitalization of publishing is bringing, what better time to do some restructuring?

Also, check out our post on the 2013 Publisher’s Weekly Salary Survey.


CBC Children's Book CouncilA Not-To-Be-Missed Event!

The CBC Forum Committee is pleased to present the final event in this year’s “Storm the Gates: Innovations in Direct-to-Consumer Branding, Publicity, and Marketing” Forum series:

CBC ForumMarketing: How outside companies can help you with outreach

Our Forum Committee has reached out to successful companies to hear about the different ways that they can help publishers’ marketing, publicity, and digital media teams engage children, teens, caregivers, librarians, and teachers.

This not-to-be-missed panel will offer key insights from companies including Riffle, Next Big Sound/Book, Book Bub, and Sanborn Media Factory, and will be moderated by talent from Masthead Media.

Alliance buildingDate & Time:

Wednesday, October 22 from 3:30-5 PM

Refreshments from 5-6 PM

Location:

Manny Cantor Center

197 E Broadway at Jefferson St.

New York, NY 10002

Easily accessible from the F train’s East Broadway stop!

The newly-renovated Manny Cantor Center is a gathering place and an inspired space for the entire community to learn, to laugh and to connect. Learn more.

Registration required here by Monday, October 20 at 5PM.

Moderator:

  • Julie Hochheiser Ilkovich, Managing Partner & President of Editorial Operations at Masthead Media


Panelists:

Sample questions for Forum panelists include:

  • Why do you think your particular approach to digital marketing can help publishers better market their books? Have you gotten direct responses from your clients and concrete data proving that your approach works? In other words, can you prove that what your company offers can directly move copies and generate revenue?
  • Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook have long been self-promotion tools for authors. How can authors take advantage of new avenues for promoting their brand and their books? Are there new digital tools on the horizon that you would recommend? How would you work directly with an author to help them take advantage of marketing themselves online and beyond?


Remote Access:

If you are a CBC member who is unable to attend in person, you may register to access the meeting remotely.

RSVP here by Monday, October 20 at 5PM ▸▸

Learn more about the CBC Forum Committee here ▸▸

Your CBC


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The feud between online retail giant Amazon and the Hachette Book Group does not seem to be making its way towards a resolution any time soon.  New York Times columnist and Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman recently weighed in with his opinion.  The following article in Publishers Weekly gives a brief overview of the situation:

publishers-weekly“Amazon’s ongoing dispute with the Hachette Book group over e-book sales terms seems to have turned into a litmus test on publishing in the digital era. It has also shone a brighter-than-usual light on Amazon itself, prompting a number of stories questioning the company’s size, and approach to doing business. Now New York Times columnist and Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has waded into the battle, declaring without reservation that Amazon ‘has too much power’ and that the company ‘uses that power in ways that hurt America.’

amazon“While Krurgman acknowledges that Amazon is not a monopoly, ‘a dominant seller with the power to raise prices,’ he says that it is actually a ‘monopsony,’ or a dominant buyer in a marketplace with enough power to push prices downward. Krugman dismisses Amazon supporters who contend that the e-tailer is just doing the business of capitalism and giving consumers what they want. To Krugman the issue revolves around the question of marketplace power and how that power is wielded.

HACHETTE“Krugman is more concerned with the market share and economic power Amazon has accumulated, even if it did so by being smarter than its competitors. He compares Amazon to a textbook example of the monopolistic abuse of power, J.D Rockefeller’s Standard Oil, noting Amazon has ‘immense’ market power, even beyond its market share, and says that, like Standard Oil, some of Amazon’s business practices are out of line.

“He declares, ‘So can we trust Amazon not to abuse that power? The Hachette dispute has settled that question: no, we can’t.’”

To read Paul Krugman’s original post in the Opinion Pages for The New York Times, click here.

To read our previous blog posts chronicling this dispute, click here and click here.


Quote of the Week

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“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
Gustave Flaubert

 

Gustave Flaubert


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October 18, 1pm
The Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th Street, New York, NY 10017
Ghost tour at the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage.
Come with us on an excursion to The Edgar Allan Poe Cottage where Poe spent his last days. Sean H. DoyleD. Foy, and Dolan Morgan will read their ghost stories first in the Poe Park Visitor Center, and then we will take a tour of Poe’s penultimate resting place.

Click here for full event details.

 

October 18, 7pm
KGB Bar’s Red Room, 85 East 4th Street New York, NY
10079098.47We love it when so many of our favorite poets get together, for two reasons: 1) It’s the classiest excuse for a drink we can think of, and 2) it reminds us of why we moved to New York in the first place. That might sound sappy and nostalgic for the long, long bygone, but there’s still nothing like gathering in the village for some original, irreverent, and unafraid stanzas. Tonight at InVerse: A Poetry Reading, Michael Robbins (Alien vs. Predator) will share from his new collection, The Second Sex, already receiving wide acclaim for bringing a pop readership to poetry. Also appearing is Aaron Belz, whose Glitter Bomb is a delightfully down-to-earth series, half art, half jokes (because you’ve got to have a sense of humor when writing poems about going to Starbucks), as well as Bianca Stone with her graphic-poetry hybrids. Vanessa Gabb, co-founder of Five Quarterly, and Jason Koo, founder of Brooklyn Poets, will also share from their newest books.

This event is free.

 

Oct. 19, 1pm-2pm
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, New York 10025
Reading and conversation with the treasured author of Number the Stars, The Giver, and many other favorite works for kids and teens. Number the Stars, the Newbery Medal-winning novel about the Occupation of Denmark in the Second World War, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Also appearing will be Sean and Christine Astin, who have purchased the film rights and are proud to be adaptingNumber the Stars for the screen. Ages 9 and up.

Tickets: $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers

 

October 20, 7pm
Union Square, 33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
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Bacon. McDonalds. Cinnabon. Hot Pockets. Kale. Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet (“choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover”) and decrying the worst offenders (“kale is the early morning of foods”). Fans flocked to his New York Timesbestselling book Dad is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave—hundreds of pages of his thoughts on all things culinary(ish). Insights such as: why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water, why pretzel bread is #3 on his most important inventions of humankind (behind the wheel and the computer), and the answer to the age-old question “which animal is more delicious: the pig, the cow, or the bacon cheeseburger?”

Click here for event page.

 

October 22, 7:30pm-9:30pm
The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street, New York, NY 
Christopher Ricks gives three lectures hosted by the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers. The series is inspired by T. S. Eliot’s vision of the literary critic, as one who aims “to exhibit the relations of literature—not to ‘life’ as something contrasted to literature, but to all the other activities, which, together with literature, are the components of life.” On October 22, Ricks will lecture on “Just Like a Woman? Bob Dylan and the Charge of Misogyny.”

Tickets are $20; Click here for more details.

 

 


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Skyhorse Publishing

Title: Editorial Assistant

Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NYSkyhorse-Publishing-logo

Requirements: 
• 4 year college degree or equivalent experience
• Minimum 2 years trade editorial experience for the Assistant Editor level
• Excellent organizational skills
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
• Interest in fiction and nonfiction
• Ability to learn and adapt new systems a plus
• Excellent writing skills

Description:
The Editorial Assistant will also provide administrative support including answers phones, helps with editor’s schedule, keeps track of projects’ due dates, and liaise internally with departments including marketing, publicity, sales, and managing editorial.

To Apply:
Click Here to see original posting and apply online.

Title: Production Assistant

Type: Full-time

Location: NYC

Requirements:
• 4-year college degree or equivalent work experience
• Prior office experience; previous internship or employment in publishing a plus
• A demonstrated interest in book publishing; interest in production, printing, and manufacturing a plus
• Excellent communication and follow-up skills
• Ability to manage multiple responsibilities in a deadline driven environment
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
• Strong command of Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook

Description: 
1. Provides administrative support (files, scans text corrections, etc.)
2. Updates and monitors schedules with printers, typesetters, and in-house departments
3. Requests design templates, schedules, and pricing quotes from printers
4. Prepares and updates purchase orders
5. Reviews printer samples and advance copies for quality control
6. Provides support to the Manufacturing Manager for production/manufacturing duties as well as for select editorial tasks

To Apply: 
Click Here to see original posting and apply online.

 

 

 

Food and Wine

Title: Digital Freelancerlogo

Type: Full-time

Location: NYC- Midtown

Requirements: 

  • Proficiency with all social media platforms
  • Sharp accuracy and proofreading skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to meet daily deadlines
  • Familiarity with CMS and other database tools
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to coordinate with various teams to secure assets.

Description:
Food & Wine is seeking a full-time digital freelancer to assist with daily site upkeep, scheduling, social media platforms, QA, research and other various projects.
The ideal candidate will have excellent attention to detail, take initiative, possess a high level of organization, be able to multi-task and effectively collaborate with others as well as work independently.

To Apply: 
Contact Keri Hansen at kerianne.hansen@foodandwine.com

 

 

For those of you who are interested in procuring a job outside of New York

 

wiley-wordmark-headerJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc

Title: Marketing Coordinator

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Requirements: 
• Be qualified to a bachelor degree standard
• Have prior marketing experience implementing and managing marketing campaigns & promotions, ideally both online and offline
• Be able to demonstrate an understanding of how data can effect decisions made within a marketing division
• Be able to demonstrate understanding of the commercial factors and influences within a business, beyond just marketing
• Be able to identify priorities in workload, including the ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously
• Display strong relationship management skills, including the ability to build rapport successfully, form and maintain strong relationships and partnerships at all levels of business
• High level of computer literacy with Microsoft Word, Excel and an aptitude for learning in-house systems

Description:
We are looking for a motivated Marketing Coordinator to work within our innovative marketing department. The position will give you an opportunity to contribute directly to the overall growth of the business but also be directly responsible for a wide variety of marketing activities, from campaign implementation and management, to contributing to developing strategy across multiple channels, both digital and offline. You will be working closely with our wide range of retail, media & industry partners, supporting events while using communication channels such as email (EDM) and social media to grow and engage with communities. You will also work globally with our overseas offices developing marketing opportunities outside your primary focus of Australia and New Zealand.
This is a busy position so you must have exceptional organisational skills and have the ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously. We expect you to be commercially savvy, understanding the importance of data, ROI and measurable results.
As a key member of this highly skilled, tightly-knit group, you will be a critical player in our future growth and success as a team.

To Apply:
Please submit both your resume and cover letter in order for us to process your application.
‘Immigration sponsorship and international relocation support is not available for this position.’

 

 


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