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Macmillan’s 175th Anniversary

“If a large tree grows from this small seed we shall be grateful.” — Daniel Macmillan, London, 1843

“What Alexander handed down… was a tradition or, more truly, a marked character…” — Charles Morgan, The House of Macmillan, 1943

Macmillan is celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2018, starting with a celebratory toast at this year’s BookExpo at the Javits Center in New York City.

The global publishing powerhouse, which today publishes books in more than 120 countries, was founded in London in 1843 by two brothers, Daniel and Alexander Macmillan. The company grew to become one of the largest publishing houses in the world by the turn of the 20th century, with offices in the United States, Australia, and India. By 1999, the various companies founded by the Macmillan Family – including the independent US publishing house – were brought back together under the shared ownership of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, another independent, family-owned publisher based in Stuttgart, Germany.

The celebration continues online throughout the year with a social media campaign (@MacmillanUSA on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) using the hashtag #Macmillan175, featuring employees and authors telling their “Macmillan Story,” as well as notable historical facts about the organization.

Throughout its history, Macmillan companies have published some of the best-loved fiction, nonfiction and children’s authors of all time, including Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling, Madeleine L’Engle and the poetry of W.B. Yeats and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, to the more recent Vice President Joe Biden, W. Bruce Cameron, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Franzen, Atul Gawande, Kristin Hannah, Hilary Mantel, Liane Moriarty, Louise Penny, Nora Roberts, Marilynne Robinson, Brandon Sanderson, Oprah Winfrey, Gene Luen Yang and more.

“We try to keep that family feel within Macmillan,” said John Sargent, Macmillan’s CEO. “We believe that staying true to our roots as a family owned company brings out a positive and comfortable environment for not only our employees but for our authors too. It’s a place where you can feel at home and we hope to continue that for the next 175 years and beyond.”

ALA Midwinter 2018 – Saturday Events

Good morning, Denver! We look forward to seeing your smiling faces at the events below and in the Macmillan Adult booth #1741!

In-booth signing with Adrienne Young
9:30-10:00am
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #1741

Adrienne Young will sign complimentary advance copies of her debut YA novel, SKY IN THE DEEP.

Spotlight on Book Clubs: ARC & Finished Book Giveaway
2:00-4:00pm
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #1741

Visit our booth (#1741) and pick up complimentary copies of our favorite book club selections (don’t forget to download your copy of the free Winter 2018 Book Club sampler):

Fiction:
AFTER ANNA by Lisa Scottoline (ARCs)
ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood
CAMP AUSTEN by Ted Scheinman (ARCs)
THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by Sally Hepworth (ARCs)
FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah (ARCs)
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas
SALVAGE THE BONES by Jesmyn Ward
THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty
THE VENGEANCE OF MOTHERS by Jim Fergus

Nonfiction:
BEING MORTAL: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

In-booth signing with Donna Seaman
2:30-3:30pm
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #916

Donna Seaman will sign complimentary copies of her book, IDENTITY UNKNOWN: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists, in the Booklist booth (#916).

LibraryReads / AAP “Saturday with the Authors Panel” featuring Shobha Rao
3:00-4:00pm
Colorado Convention Center | Mile High 1A
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Co-hosted by LibraryReads and the AAP Trade Libraries Committee, this panel will feature seven authors including Shobha Rao (GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER). A book signing will follow the program. readmoreremove

Our #LibFaves17 Picks

We enjoyed seeing so many of you participate in #LibFaves17 (thanks for making Jane Harper’s THE DRY an official 2017 Top Ten pick!).

Now here are OUR #LibFaves17 picks (aka our 2017 “Recommended Reads” from the newsletter):

Talia

THE MAP THAT LEADS TO YOU by J.P. Monninger
Also available in audio
Finally, a book version of that romantic trilogy of films that Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy collaborated on… And most especially reminiscent of BEFORE SUNRISE. I’m also fondly reminded of the first boy that I ever fell in love with, his name was Lenny Grant, we were both sixteen and attending a summer writing program in Boston. It may as well have been Europe…

THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
THE STANDARD GRAND is reminiscent of Frank Bill’s CRIMES IN SOUTHERN INDIANA in terms of its grittiness and the ragtag group of misfit anti-heroes trying to survive in the wilderness. And I’ve always loved reading novels that were written in a sort of rushed exuberance—as if the author just had to share his or her story…

KNIFE CREEK by Paul Doiron
Also available in audio
Paul Doiron’s Mike Bowditch (my favorite bad-ass—does everything on his own terms—Maine game warden) is back for more! In KNIFE CREEK, Mike and his girlfriend Stacy (a bit of a rogue operator herself) are hunting wild rampaging boars that are destroying their beautiful town and surrounding environs. During the hunt, the couple discovers a dead infant in a shallow grave. Mike is a game warden but he’s got the instincts of a seasoned detective and must find out who committed such a gruesome deed. He just can’t help himself. And I love him for that. A home explosion that nearly kills him, an encounter with two very strange “sisters” wearing matching red wigs—one of whom may or may not be a long-dead co-ed (or was she kidnapped?), and a small town that’s full of suspects… Mike’s clearly on to something here, but what?

FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
Also available in audio
I’ve always loved short story collections (see Shobha Rao’s AN UNRESTORED WOMAN, Tom Perrotta’s NINE INCHES, David Bezmozgis’ NATASHA, Helen Ellis’ AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, Lauren Holmes’ BARBARA THE SLUT, James Franco’s PALO ALTO). The intensity of dipping into a life, briefly, and popping right out of it again… Of meeting someone at a particularly vulnerable and strangely fascinating moment in their lives… Of sharing that moment with them but never fully knowing when it began or where it ends is particularly exciting to me. And in Jeffrey Eugenides’ new short story collection FRESH COMPLAINT, meditations abound on life at every stage and at its most banally bizarre moments. Readers are thrown into a period of post-college idealism (and dysentery), mid-life pregnancies (and an ensuing tragicomedy), rebuilding after failure, sex studies in the jungle (and leaving one’s inhibitions behind), the worshiping of a musical instrument, a green card marriage and finally death. And we are treated to it all with a healthy dose of slightly off-beat characters.

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Also available in audio
There’s a marketing specialist at Macmillan whose taste in books I trust completely. I will not name names, because she is my secret “book Santa” and I refuse to share her. Since 2004, she has very occasionally sent me manuscripts to read. She has always chosen a book that I end up loving, hating deeply, or at the very least ends up inciting an incredibly visceral reaction. I won’t list the favorites she’s sent, because her identity will most certainly be revealed. And now let’s talk about her latest manuscript, THE WIFE BETWEEN US. There is no train. There is no girl. There is drinking (all good stories need alcohol, right?). There is an unreliable narrator (but those are the most intriguing, aren’t they?). There is a handsome husband (marriages are always fascinating to dissect, good or bad!). There is “another” woman (a thriller always needs a mysterious “other,” right?). And that’s all I can tell you. Read it. And let’s talk about that ending.

INDECENT by Corinne Sullivan
An insecure shy teacher’s apprentice barely out of college at an all boys boarding school is tempted by the popular boy… He’s brash, he’s arrogant, he’s the leader of the pack… But, will she do what’s right? I can’t help but think of the only younger man that I ever dated. During the summer before I went off to college I dated a rising senior. He wore Polo cologne, had long hair and we spent most of that summer in hidden corners and behind closed doors. But it’s not the same, is it? readmoreremove

Booklist’s 2017 Editors’ Choice Picks

Over at Booklist, the Adult Books editors selected the following titles as representative of the year’s outstanding books for public library collections, including 13 Macmillan titles:
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Books, 2017 (full list)

Fiction
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
NO ONE CAN PRONOUNCE MY NAME by Rakesh Satyal
SOME RISE BY SIN by Philip Caputo

Poetry
DON’T CALL US DEAD by Danez Smith

Social Sciences
BUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young
THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg
Read Donna Seaman’s Carnegie Award shortlist interview with Ellsberg
I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet

Geography & Travel
NOTES ON A FOREIGN COUNTRY: An American Abroad in a Post-American World by Suzy Hansen readmoreremove

Macmillan Library @ ALA Midwinter 2018 (Booth #1741)

We can’t wait to see you in the Macmillan (adult) booth #1741 and at all of our great events at ALA Midwinter in Denver. Check out our schedule below and RSVP ASAP!
Friday, February 9

Opening Keynote with Patrisse Khan-Cullors
4:00-5:30pm
Colorado Convention Center | Mile High Ballroom 2 & 3
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Co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement Patrisse Khan-Cullors (WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir) will appear in conversation with Marley Dias, the girl-wonder who started the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign, to discuss activism and grassroots level solutions to tackle inequality. A book signing will follow the program.

In-booth signing with Ausma Zehanat Khan & Emily Littlejohn
5:30-6:30pm
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #1741

Ausma Zehanat Khan and Emily Littlejohn will sign complimentary copies of their mysteries, A DANGEROUS CROSSING and A SEASON TO LIE.

Saturday, February 10

In-booth signing with Adrienne Young
9:30-10:00am
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #1741

Adrienne Young will sign complimentary advance copies of her debut YA novel, SKY IN THE DEEP.

Spotlight on Book Clubs: ARC & Finished Book Giveaway
2:00-4:00pm
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #1741

Visit our booth (#1741) and pick up complimentary copies of our favorite book club selections:

Fiction:
AFTER ANNA by Lisa Scottoline (ARCs)
ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood
CAMP AUSTEN by Ted Scheinman (ARCs)
THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by Sally Hepworth (ARCs)
FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah (ARCs)
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas
SALVAGE THE BONES by Jesmyn Ward
THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty
THE VENGEANCE OF MOTHERS by Jim Fergus

Nonfiction:
BEING MORTAL: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

In-booth signing with Donna Seaman
2:30-3:30pm
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #916

Donna Seaman will sign complimentary copies of her book, IDENTITY UNKNOWN: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists, in the Booklist booth (#916).

LibraryReads / AAP “Saturday with the Authors Panel” featuring Shobha Rao
3:00-4:00pm
Colorado Convention Center | Mile High 1A
RSVP required, space is limited
Add to your schedule

Co-hosted by LibraryReads and the AAP Trade Libraries Committee, this panel will feature seven authors including Shobha Rao (GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER). A book signing will follow the program.

Details and RSVP here. You will receive an e-confirmation from the AAP if your request is accommodated.

Sunday, February 11

“Three’s Company: We’ll Be Waiting For You”: The Best in Adult Books from HarperCollins, Macmillan and Sterling
12:30-1:15pm
Colorado Convention Center | Book Buzz Theater (on the show floor)
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Join Talia Sherer as she presents her favorite forthcoming Adult Winter & Spring 2018 titles from Macmillan alongside the hilarious Virginia Stanley (HarperCollins) and always-entertaining Chris Vaccari (Sterling)!

RUSA Book & Media Awards Ceremony and Reception
5:00-7:00pm
Hyatt | Centennial A-D
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Attend RUSA’s Book & Media Awards Ceremony and Reception to find out the winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medals of Excellence for Fiction and Nonfiction, as well as selections for the Reading List, Notable Books, Listen List, and winners of the Dartmouth Medal for reference, the Sophie Brody Medal for Jewish literature, the Zora Neale Hurston Award for achievement in promoting African-American literature, the Louis Shores Award for book reviewing and many more. If you can’t attend, follow @ala_rusa on Twitter for announcements (hashtag #alabma).

Monday, February 12

LibraryReads / AAP “Booktalk Breakfast” featuring Sandra Dallas
8:30-10:00am
Colorado Convention Center | Room 605/607
RSVP required, space is limited
Add to your schedule

Join LibraryReads and the AAP Trade Libraries Committee for our annual ALA Midwinter Booktalk Breakfast. Hear from Sandra Dallas (THE PATCHWORK BRIDE) and five other fabulous authors! A book signing will follow the program.

Details and RSVP here. You will receive an e-confirmation from the AAP if your request is accommodated.

Consult LJ‘s Midwinter Galley Guide to know what to grab before you go to the show. 

Can’t be there in person? Follow the action on Twitter at @alamw and #alamw18.

NPR’s 2017 Book Concierge Picks

NPR’s Book Concierge is live and it includes nearly 50 Macmillan titles!!

300 ARGUMENTS: Essays by Sarah Manguso
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
AFFLUENCE WITHOUT ABUNDANCE: The Disappearing World Of The Bushmen by James Suzman
AGE OF ANGER: A History Of the Present by Pankaj Mishra
THE ANSWERS by Catherine Lacey
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz
BAKING WITH KAFKA by Tom Gauld
BASED ON A TRUE STORY by Delphine de Vigan
THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY AND THE MIDDLE KINGDOM: America And China, 1776 To The Present by John Pomfret
BOUNDLESS by Jillian Tamaki
BUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, And Fake News by Kevin Young
THE BUTCHERING ART: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris
DARE NOT LINGER: The Presidential Years by Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa
THE DARK DARK by Samatha Hunt
DRAFT NO. 4: On The Writing Process by John McPhee
THE DRY by Jane Harper
EAT ONLY WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY by Lindsay Hunter
FEN: Stories by Daisy Johnson
FIRE!!: The Zora Neale Hurston Story by Peter Bagge
FRESH COMPLAINT: Stories by Jeffrey Eugenides
GHOSTS OF THE TSUNAMI: Death And Life In Japan’s Disaster Zone by Richard Lloyd Parry
GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny
GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
HOSTAGE by Guy Delisle
ISADORA by Amelia Gray
KEEPING ON KEEPING ON by Alan Bennett
THE LAST KID LEFT by Rosecrans Baldwin
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr.
LOTUS by Lijia Zhang
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
MY LESBIAN EXPERIENCE WITH LONELINESS by Nagata Kabi
MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY by Coretta Scott King, as told to Barbara Reynolds
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
ONE DAY WE’LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER by Scaachi Koul
RIVER OF TEETH by Sarah Gailey
THE SEVENTH FUNCTION OF LANGUAGE by Laurent Binet
SOURDOUGH by Robin Sloan
TOO MUCH AND NOT IN THE MOOD: Essays by Durga Chew-Bose
TWIN PEAKS: THE FINAL DOSSIER by Mark Frost
UNIVERSAL HARVESTER by John Darnielle readmoreremove

New York Times Notable Books of 2017

The gray lady picked 14 Macmillan titles:

Fiction & Poetry
THE DARK FLOOD RISES by Margaret Drabble
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
SIX FOUR by Hideo Yokoyama
TRANSIT by Rachel Cusk
WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier

Nonfiction
AGE OF ANGER: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra
BUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young
FLANEUSE: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London by Lauren Elkin
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr. (a NYTBR Top Ten pick!)
NOTES ON A FOREIGN COUNTRY: An American Abroad in a Post-American World by Suzy Hansen
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser (a NYTBR Top Ten pick!)
YOU SAY TO BRICK: The Life of Louis Kahn by Wendy Lesser

See these and many more titles in Macmillan’s Best Books of 2017 Edelweiss collection. We’ll update it as more “Best of 2017” lists come in. #CollectionDevelopmentMadeEasy

Kirkus Best Books of 2017 – Fiction

Kirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2017 Fiction lists which include 19 Macmillan titles:

Best Fiction (full list)
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
THE FIFTH ELEMENT by Jorgen Brekke
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
DUKE WITH BENEFITS by Manda Collins
WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders
TRAIL OF ECHOES by Rachel Howzell Hall
THE DARK DARK by Samantha Hunt
THE ANSWERS by Catherine Lacey
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado (a finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize in Fiction)
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott (a finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize in Fiction)
RECLUCE TALES: Stories from the World of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz
A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
EXPOSED by Lisa Scottoline
WAIT TILL YOU SEE ME DANCE by Deb Olin Unferth
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas

Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2017 (full list)
EXPOSED by Lisa Scottoline
THE FIFTH ELEMENT by Jorgen Brekke
A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders

Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2017 (full list)
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
RECLUCE TALES: Stories from the World of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz
A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow

Best Literary Fiction of 2017 (full list)
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott

Best Romance Novels of 2017 (full list)
DUKE WITH BENEFITS by Manda Collins

Best Historical Fiction of 2017 (full list)
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott

Best Fiction of 2017 To Get Your Book Club Talking (full list)
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (10/3/17 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to these outstanding new releases!

FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
Longlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, plus two starred reviews! “These stories skillfully explore the often elusive quest for happiness and self-knowledge, along with the many complexities that attend relationships with family, friends, and lovers. Essential for all fans of literary fiction.” — Library Journal, starred review

HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
Longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award in Fiction, the #1 October 2017 Indie Next pick, one of Kirkus’s “Fiction Debuts & Breakthroughs That Live up to the Hype,” and two starred reviews! “Machado creates eerie, inventive worlds shimmering with supernatural swerves in this engrossing debut collection. Her stories make strikingly feminist moves by combining elements of horror and speculative fiction with women’s everyday crises… Machado’s slightly slanted world echoes our own in ways that will entertain, challenge, and move readers.” — Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

THE STOLEN MARRIAGE by Diane Chamberlain
An October 2017 LibraryReads pick! As young nurse Tess works to save the lives of her polio-stricken patients, she must untangle her husband’s mysterious behavior. “Combines the issue-driven style of Jodi Picoult, the romantic tension of Nora Roberts, and the life-defining-mistake motif of Amy Hatvany’s IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.” — Booklist

THE ORPHAN OF FLORENCE by Jeanne Kalogridis
In this irresistible historical novel set in the turbulent world of the Medicis, a young woman finds herself driven from pick-pocketing to espionage when she meets a mysterious man. “Betrayal, magic, and murder drive the brisk pace and create a dark atmosphere of uncertainty. Kalogridis’ clever inclusion of historical detail brings Florence to life (as she did in THE DEVIL’S QUEEN, 2009), while characters shift alliances, becoming ever more treacherous and violent.” Booklist, starred review

LONDON AND THE SOUTH-EAST by David Szalay
Never before published in the United States, the debut novel by the wildly talented author of Man Booker Prize finalist ALL THAT MAN IS. “Written with intense psychological acuity and inventive detail, the author turns a humdrum account of male malaise into an experience far more affecting—and universal—than it has any right to be.” — Publishers Weekly

Stars for Eugenides & Indridason!

Does your library have copies of these new books from these two bestselling authors? (You should!)

FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
“Pulitzer Prize–winning Eugenides’ first story collection, and his first book since THE MARRIAGE PLOT, is gifted with the strong voices and luminous prose his novels are known for. Readers will enjoy lamenting that this complete and utterly human collection must, after all, end.” Booklist, starred review

“These stories skillfully explore the often elusive quest for happiness and self-knowledge, along with the many complexities that attend relationships with family, friends, and lovers. Essential for all fans of literary fiction.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE SHADOW DISTRICT by Arnaldur Indridason
“Indridason provides a great window into Icelandic culture as he explores his recurring themes of greed and abuse of power.” Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

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