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Above All Things with Tanis Rideout

Tanis Rideout Talk about lofty aspirations - Canadian author Tanis Rideout set out to recreate in fiction the real life experiences of George Mallory and his crew during their fateful 1924 attempt to summit Everest. Read an interview about trying to put herself at that altitude.


 

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Ayelet Tsabari's Best Place on Earth

Ayelet Tsabari There's poetry in the short story of Toronto's Ayelet Tsabari. The Israeli-Canadian author's debut collection The Best Place on Earth speaks in a language all its own, and explores the individuals and relationships going on behind climate, politics, wars and more, whether in Israel, or on either Canadian coast.

 



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All About Y: Marjorie Celona Interview

Marjorie Celona Victoria, BC-born author Marjorie Celona talks to us about growing up, belonging, being nominated for the Giller Prize, and the importance of a dog at one's feet - and of course, all about her debut novel, Y, which has critics buzzing with excitement.

 

 

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Madeline Miller and The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller Madeline Miller has a bright future in literature. Enjoy our interview where she discusses Achilles, the power of grief in literature, the Illiad, Watership Down and the thrill of winning the Orange Prize in London ahead of the likes of Ann Patchett, Esi Edugyan and Anne Enright.

 

 


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Someone Fierce: Carmen Aguirre


Carmen Aguirre
Vancouver actor and playwright Carmen Aguirre did not have the typical Canadian childhood. Instead, her family participated in the resistance in South America against Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in the 80s.

 


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Gareth Gaudin: The Real Comic Book Guy

Gareth Gaudin: The Real Comic Book Guy Co-owner of a comic shop, and author/illustrator of the Magic Teeth Dailies (as well as creator of The Perogy Cat), Gareth Gaudin talks to us about comics, being in the book industry, and the joys and challenges of going to work every day doing what he loves.

 



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Susan Briscoe's Birds


Susan Briscoe
Canadian poet Susan Briscoe talks to us about the gradual changing of the seasons, line breaks, love and birds, as well as her poetry book, The Crow's Vow, whose strikingly simple pink cover won our beautiful book battle in March Madness.



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A Thorough Man: John Vaillant

John VaillantWhether it's the madness-fueled destruction of a unique and spiritually significant old-growth spruce tree or the terrifying saga of a vengeance-crazed tiger stalking people in the woords of Southeastern Russia, John Vaillant's meticulous detail and talent for anticipation brings a story to life like nobody else.


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Esi Edugyan's Half Blood Blues


Esi Edugyan
Esi Edugyan is a Victoria-based novelist whose second book Half Blood Blues, earned more critical acclaim and attention than Edugyan ever expected. Set in the smoky backdrops of WWII Europe jazz clubs and bars, the story is unforgettable and creative. Meet the woman behind the words.

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Emma Donoghue and Room

Author Emma DonoghueIrish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue's 2010 novel Room created a bigger buzz than anyone anticipated. A novel with a message of hope despite its incredibly dark subject matter, It made the NYT bestseller list, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Governor General's Literary Awards - and Donoghue isn't done yet.

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The Plans of Terry Fallis


Terry Fallis
Terry Fallis, author of The Best Laid Plans which won both the Leacock Medal for Humour in 2008 and the 2011 Canada Reads competition, talks to us about unusual publishing methods, political paradoxes, and the most fun parts of writing - as well as whether we've seen the last of some memorable characters.

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Lynne Stonier-Newman Explores the Past

Canadian author Lynne Stonier-NewmanBC author and historian Lynne Stonier-Newman tells us about her non-fiction book Peter O'Reilly: The Rise of a Reluctant Immigrant and how she became fascinated by and compelled to write about the life of one of Victoria's early settlers, including the hard luck stories and get rich tales of the gold rush, and disputes between settlers and First Nations bands.

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Alan Bradley is Still Sweet


Alan Bradley
Award-winning mystery writer Alan Bradley's second novel The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag is proving as popular as his first. The 71-year-old Canadian tells us what's new, what's next, and about the irresistible Ms. Flavia de Luce.


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Billy Lombardo on Baseball and More

Billy Lombardo, author of The Man with Two ArmsBorn and raised in Chicago, author Billy Lombardo loves baseball. His latest novel, The Man with Two Arms, follows a unique pitcher with an unusual trait - true ambidextrousness. Lombardo's novel explores the ups and downs of life, love, and America's favorite pastime.



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Denise Chong on Writing About Rights

Canadian author Denise Chong, author of Egg on MaoCanadian author Denise Chong's third book is a nonfiction account of the three Chinese men who threw paint-filled eggs at a giant image of Chairman Mao shortly before the government suppression of democracy campaigners and the infamous Tiananmen Square massacre.

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The Amazing Rabindranath Maharaj

Canadian author Rabindranath Maharaj, author of The Amazing Absorbing BoyRabindranath Maharaj is a Trinidad-born Canadian author. His fourth novel, The Amazing Absorbing Boy, was published in January 2010. Here, Maharaj talks with us about his influences and inspirations, the importance of perception, and the similarities between immigrants and superheroes.


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Amy Stewart's Wicked Plants

Amy Stewart, author of Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical AtrocitiesPsychotic shrubs, vicious vines, and poisonous petals - Amy Stewart's fascination with the beasts and boogeymen of botany makes for a captivating read, complete with stunningly beautiful copper etchings accompanying. Read about her favourite venomous stems, and how she got into poisonous plants in the first place.

The Queen of Historical Fiction, Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory, author of The White QueenMost famous for her bestselling novel The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory has published fifteen novels in total, the latest of which, The White Queen deals with murder, mystery and the fight for the English throne. Read about Gregory's book tastes, research methods, and obsession with the past.

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Michael Crummey's Stories Galore

Michael CrummeyMichael Crummey grew up in Newfoundland and Labrador. His third novel, Galore, is a vast, intricate story full of twists and turns and folklore. With superstitions, grudges and traditions, the book successfully encapsulates the stories and experiences of generations in a small fishing village in Newfoundland.


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A Quiet Interview with R.J. Ellory

R.J. Ellory, author of A Quiet Belief in AngelsR.J. Ellory is a Birmingham, UK author with seven published thrillers under his belt. As far from boastful as possible, Ellory is grateful for his fans and will happily talk about his books anywhere - even a 15 person book club, if they'll have him. But beware, he has a dark past - he revealed to us that he once did prison time for stealing and eating a chicken from a monastery.

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The Sweetness of Alan Bradley

Alan Bradley
Canadian author Alan Bradley talks about idealism, writing, and his experiences with travel and the media. And of course, all about his novel The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, which won Britain's 2007 Crime Writer's Association Debut Dagger Award.


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The Forbidden Erica Johnson Debeljak

Erica Johnson DebeljakIn 1993, Erica Johnson Debeljak married and moved from New York City to Ljubljana, Slovenia where she became a literary translator (from Slovenian into English), writer, and occasional interpreter of all things American. Her 2009 memoir Forbidden Bread was published by North Atlantic Books.

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Kenneth Whyte

Kenneth Whyte Publisher and editor-in-chief at Canada's Maclean's Magazine, Kenneth Whyte is no stranger to print media himself. Now he brings us The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst: an in-depth look at the life and success of William Randolph Hearst, the most famous - or infamous - newspaper mogul of all.

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Jeff Rubin and the Shrinking World

North American leading economist and author Jeff RubinIn Jeff Rubin's new book Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller, the economist discusses alternate energy sources, and how the key to our future is going to be energy usage reduction. What does that mean? We'll need to look a lot more to our own backyard for our needs.

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Christian Lander

Christian Lander

A blog that became a book, Stuff White People Like is a tongue-in-cheek, list-style discussion of... well, stuff that white people like. Christian Lander talks about its success, its detractors, and how it all began.

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Daniel Kalder on Strangeness

Thriller author Chris Knopf
Daniel Kalder is no stranger to uniqueness. From a self-proclaimed Jesus to a Russian 'mole', Kalder weighs in on interesting people, and their places in his second book, Strange Telescopes.


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Digging Deeper

Roderick Gordon & Brian Williams

Step into the dark world of Tunnels with Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams. The co-authors talk to AbeBooks about Deeper - the follow up to their 2007 fantasy bestseller, Tunnels, where teenage hero Will Burrows travels deeper underground and deeper into trouble.

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Chris Knopf on Himself and Sam Acquillo

Thriller author Chris Knopf
When it comes to mysteries, Chris Knopf is old school. The author tells us about creating Sam Acquillo and why he himself prefers hardboiled, noir detective stories to the modern thrillers usually published today.

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David Andelman on History and Politics

David Andelman

David Andelman, a longtime foreign correspondent, looks at the Treaty of Versailles and how it influenced conflicts around the world.

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Ilana Stanger-Ross and Sima's Undergarments for Women

Ilana Stanger-Ross
Ilana Stanger-Ross writes about women's underpants. Her debut novel, Sima's Undergarments for Women examines the daily life struggles and relationships of modern life in Jewish Brooklyn.

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Getting Gritty with Elizabeth Hand

Elizabeth Hand

Meet Elizabeth Hand - a writer, a mother, a reader and a former winner of the prestigious science fiction Nebula Award.

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William Leith is Falling Apart

William Leith
Author William Leith talks to AbeBooks about being hungry, being a worrywart, likening his aging body to war invaders, and his wonderfully named memoir Bits of Me Are Falling Apart.

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Ranting & Raving With Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club talks about his new book Rant and why it might be a good idea to bring smelling salts with you to one of his readings.

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Jen Hadfield

Poet Jen Hadfield

Jen Hadfield is a 30-year-old British-Canadian poet whose second collection, Nigh-No-Place, won the 2008 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. We chatted with Hadfield about what inspired her, what's next, and a fish market as a muse.

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Mark Ames

Mark Ames

News of mass killings has everyone wondering "Why?" Mark Ames tells AbeBooks why we're seeing more rage than we did 30 years ago.

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Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell prefers to write about the mundane, but extremely influential, aspects of life rather than the exotic. Published in January, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking has cemented his position as a leading cultural commentator and is a best-seller across the world.

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Matt Haig: Family Matters

Matt Haig

Matt Haig, author of The Dead Fathers Club and The Last Family in England, tells us how he channels Shakespeare, MySpace, and the universal subject of death to write and promote his very original books.

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Andrew Davidson

Andrew Davidson

Andrew Davidson talks about his debut novel, The Gargoyle and how he is staying remarkably calm about all the hype and his worldwide book tour.

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Meg Tilly: Finding the Courage

Meg Tilly

Former Oscar-nominated-actress-turned-author Meg Tilly pulled no punches with her latest book, the heartbreakingly emotional Gemma.

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Beyond the Great Wall

Jeffrey Alford & Naomi Duguid

Is it a cookbook, a travel book or a coffee table photography book? Beyond the Great Wall: Recipes and Travels in the Other China is all of these things.

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Natalie Maclean

Natalie Maclean

Acclaimed wine writer Natalie Maclean talks about her global wine tasting adventures and what it's like to have the best job in the world. But is she really drunk all day long?

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Keeping Up With Sadie Jones

Sadie Jones

AbeBooks talks to Sadie Jones about her acclaimed debut novel, The Outcast, and how its success is changing her life.

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Rick Browne

Rick Browne

There may be an international flavour to Rick Browne's latest recipe collection The Big Book of Barbecue Sides, but in the barbecue master's opinion, nothing tops his Beer Butt Chicken.

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Seduced by Merline Lovelace

Merline Lovelace

Ever wonder who is behind a romance novel? Met Merline Lovelace, a former US Air Force colonel and a prolific writer of more than 70 romance novels.

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Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart

Have you ever wondered where the flowers in your florist or supermarket come from? The farm down the road perhaps? Think again. Amy Stewart talks to AbeBooks about her love affair with flowers.

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Yann Martel

Yann Martel

Yann Martel is back to talk about the illustrated Life of Pi, how his life changed with the success of the book, and the progress towards his new book.

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John Burns

John Burns

They say that there is a book inside all of us. For John Burns, that book turned out to be about a very lovable and well-mannered penguin named Pengey.

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Kiran Desai on the Booker

Kiran Desai - The Inheritance of Loss

AbeBooks talks to Kiran Desai about the luxury of the Booker Prize, life on the road and protests against The Inheritance of Loss.

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Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes, bestselling author of Arthur & George talks with us about Sherlock Holmes, his favourite bookshop, and not winning the Booker.

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On the Brink With Richard Gwyn

Richard Gwyn

AbeBooks talks to Richard Gwyn about his life on the edge, poetry and his newest book, Deep Hanging Out.

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Douglas Glover

Douglas Glover

Meet Douglas Glover, author of Governor General Literary Award-winning Elle.Glover talkes to AbeBooks about his favorite reads (Canadian and otherwise), and what drew him to write the strange and fantastical story of Elle on the island.

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What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7?

Andy Gordon

Think you know everything about Harry Potter? Meet Andy Gordon, he's a contributor to the Harry Potter fan site Mugglenet.com and co-author to the book What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7?

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Lisa See

Lisa See

A language, kept secret for centuries in rural China, provides the back-drop to Lisa See’s latest novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - recently reviewed in USA Today & LA Times.

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MC Beaton

MC Beaton

MC Beaton takes a break from her cigarettes, coffee and writing to talk to us about her bossy heroine, Agatha Raisin, life in the heart of the English countryside, and her favorite authors.

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Iain Banks

Iain Banks has been one of the UK’s most productive and successful writers for the past 20 years. Find out why he’ll never leave Scotland and won’t be writing any more non-fiction books.

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Meg Gardiner

Meg Gardiner

Meg Gardiner tells us about what it’s like to not be published in your native country, Stephen King, and her international smuggling habits.

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Amy Ephron

One Sunday Morning is the latest offering from LA author Amy Ephron - find out why she thinks it is so hard to keep a secret in our exclusive AbeBooks interview.

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Lynne Truss

Lynne Truss

Lynne Truss took time out from her vacation to tell us about her favorite bookstore, why she hates cyclists and how she scored ringside seats to the Lennox Lewis/Evander Holyfield fight.

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Anne Perry

Anne perry

Anne Perry has been a published author since 1979 when The Cater Street Hangman hit the bookshelves. Now she has 50 books to her name with Long Spoon Lane – a tale of Victorian terrorism – published in April 2005.

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Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain is frank and often blunt, but he's always entertaining. The chef-turned-author-turned-TV star tells it like it is when it comes to vegans, Gordon Ramsay, and the worst restaurant in the world.

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Elizabeth Becka

Four long hard years spent as a criminal forensic scientist in Cleveland gave Elizabeth Becka the inspiration for her debut novel - a crime thriller called Trace Evidence.

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Nathaniel Fick

Nathaniel Fick

Former US Marine Nathaniel Fick reveals why he feels the US is in danger, and why leaving the Marines was the second best decision he has ever made.

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Elisabeth de Feydeau

Elisabeth de Feydeau

The world remains fascinated with the mystique of Marie Antoinette. Elisabeth de Feydeau's A Scented Palace - which traces the story of Jean-Louis Fargeon, Marie's devoted perfumer - offers a fresh scent on the French monarch, her extravagant life and her dramatic demise.

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Joshua Greene on George Harrison

Joshua Greene

Greene's new book, Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison, was sparked by his memories of a meeting with Harrison in December 1969 when the writer was a 19-year-old organ player and Harrison was one of the world's most famous musicians.

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Leonard Brody

Leonard Brody

Canadian author and entrepreneur Leonard Brody talks to us about start-up companies, online communities, and his fellow Canadians.

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Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith, creator of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, talks about gruesome fairytales, a scary book called Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare and much more in our exclusive interview.

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Richard Esposito

Richard Esposito

ABC TV journalist and author Richard Esposito talks about his novel The Bomb Squad and discusses the challenges faced while he was assigned to the New York bomb squad.

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Nancy Pearl

Nancy Pearl

Author Nancy Pearl is the go-to person when looking for the next great book to read. We spoke to her about her favorite books, celebrity authors, and her action figure.

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Laura Penny

Laura Penny

Meet Laura Penny, author of the bestselling book Your Call Is Important To Us as she reveals the alleged culture of spin and marketing.

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Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond - the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Guns, Germs and Steel and Why Sex is Fun - reveals why he loves birds and reading Italian in our exclusive author interview.

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Chelsea Cain

Chelsea Cain

Chelsea Cain is the author of Confessions of a Teen Sleuth – an entertaining parody of Nancy Drew, which exposes everything you always wanted to know about the heroine from River Heights.

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Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Amy Rosenthal

Amy Krouse Rosenthal has grabbed the attention of North America with her entertaining but highly insightful book Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life.

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Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton’s career has been spent writing books that tackle questions of everyday life. They refer both to his experiences and ideas – and those of artists, philosophers and thinkers of the past.

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