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l-Wade Hudson, r-Cheryl HudsonThis interview was conducted by Nancy Sanders via WordPress, March 4, 2008.

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Meet Editor Cheryl Willis Hudson!
Featured Publisher: Just Us Books
E-mail: cheryl_hudson@justusbooks.com
Web site: Just Us Books

Bio:
Author, publisher and entrepreneur, Cheryl Willis Hudson has more than 30 years of experience in the children’s book industry. A native of Portsmouth, Virginia, and a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio, Cheryl began her career doing text book design for publishers such as Houghton Mifflin and Macmillan.
Noticing a lack of quality Black-interest books for her own two children, in 1988, Cheryl and her husband Wade formed Just Us Books, Inc., a publishing company that specializes in children’s books that focus on Black history, culture and experiences. Cheryl serves as publisher and art director for Just Us Books. As an author, she has written 20 books for children, including Bright Eyes, Brown Skin; the What a Baby! board book series; and Hands Can.
An active member of her community and publishing industry organizations, Cheryl serves on the advisory boards of the Small Press Center and the Langston Hughes Library at the Alex Haley Farm, operated by the Children’s Defense Fund. She is a recipient of the Stephen Crane Award and is a 2003 inductee of the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent. A member of the Author’s Guild, PEN America and the Society of Book Writers and Illustrators, Cheryl also serves as a parenting expert for ClubMom. She and Wade were recently interviewed for HistoryMakers, an oral history collective of African American achievers. Cheryl lives in New Jersey with her family.

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Interview Questions:

Q: Can you tell us a little about Just Us Books and its history as a publishing house?
A: Just Us Books was born out of a personal and community need. As parents, Wade and I were constantly looking for books for children’s books that reflected the diversity of Black history, heritage and experiences. We were disappointed by the limited number and their unreliable availability, so we decided to produce the kind of positive, vibrant Black-interest books that we wanted for our own two children. Combining my experience in graphic design with Wade’s background in marketing and writing, in 1987 we self-published the AFRO-BETS A B C Book, a concept book that teaches the alphabet using Afrocentric themes and images. The book received a tremendous response from teachers, parents, librarians and children. A year later, we published AFRO-BETS 1 2 3 Book and launched Just Us Books along with it.

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Just Us Books, Inc. is an independent press that publishes Black-interest books for young people. We publish concept books, picture books, chapter books, poetry, non-fiction, biographies, and young adult fiction. We are a full service company, as are the majority of larger commercial children’s book publishers. That is, we do every thing from acquiring and editing manuscripts, giving them creative direction, to handling the production, manufacturing, promotion, distribution and sales of our titles.
Just Us Books has given a number of talented new authors and illustrators their start in the children’s book publishing industry, and we’ve had the honor and pleasure of publishing important titles that celebrate the diversity of who Black people are, and what we have accomplished. As a company, Just Us Books has helped prove that there is a year-round need and viable market for Black-interest children’s books—that we shouldn’t limit our book buying to Black History Month or holidays.
This year marks Just Us Books’ twentieth anniversary and we’re very proud of that accomplishment.
Q: Describe your visions and goals you hope to accomplish through the books you publish.
A: We are committed to publishing the best children’s literature possible and our titles appeal to children and adults of all backgrounds and ethnicities. African-American history, culture and children, however, are the centerpieces of our publishing program. I think what distinguishes us from others in the marketplace is the level of our commitment to reflecting authenticity in our titles through the voices of our authors and the vision of our illustrators. These authors and illustrators and editors create from their own experiences as people of African descent. Our publishing policy and practice encourages us to tell our own stories.
Prior to the establishment of our company, other houses published African- American literature within their lists but did not give these titles special attention. Just Us Books responds to a hunger and a need from the African-American community to see more of our lives and interests reflected within children’s books that are being published as a whole. The themes of our books are universal but they reflect a sensibility that is unique to an African-American experience.
Q: Name a personal highlight you’ve experienced as the Editorial Director/Publisher for Just Us Books.
A: One of the most important highlights of my career is having my daughter Katura and my son Stephan work with Wade and myself in the family business. For us, Just Us Books isn’t just a business, it’s a legacy, and I’m proud that our children are helping us to carrying it on. Another highlight came just last month when one of Just Us Books’ newest titles, The Secret Olivia Told Me, was named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book for illustration. It’s the first Coretta Scott King honor for Just Us Books, and for the illustrator, Nancy Devard, as well. As Art Director of the book, it’s a great accomplishment.

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Q: Do you have any special events planned for the year ahead to celebrate your 20th year in the publishing industry?
A: Twenty years in publishing is an accomplishment we’re really proud of and we plan to celebrate all year long—into 2009. We’re kicking off the celebration this spring with a children’s bookfair that we’re hosting right here in East Orange, NJ, where Just Us Books is based. We also have exciting plans for the fall and encourage people to check out our web site for forthcoming announcements.
Q: What kind of manuscripts would you like to receive from prospective authors?
A: Our greatest need is for young adult manuscripts. We are also looking for middle reader titles for readers age 9-12. Manuscripts must feature:
* realistic, contemporary characters
* compelling plot lines that introduce conflict and resolution
* high-interest readability
* cultural authenticity
We would also like to receive more manuscripts that reflect Caribbean/West Indian culture and other aspects of the diaspora.
Q: Share one tip you’d like to give about writing for the African American market.
A: There are a number of key elements we look for in submissions, and they are listed on our web site, www.justusbooks.com. Some of the most critical elements:
-Positive images that leave lasting impressions.
-Cultural authenticity and cultural specificity. The cultural references in children’s material should reflect the authentic experiences and background of African Americans. Children should be able to see that the material is specific to them.
-Meaningful stories that reflect a range of African-American values and lifestyles. Stories should include an attitude of respect for our ancestors, as well as give respect and accountability for our audience.
Q: You are inundated with submissions on a daily basis. How do you filter through these and what would make a submission stand out from the crowd?
A: We pay careful attention to all manuscript submissions whether solicited or not. Typically, those that stand out have short, cover letters, and a clear focus. These manuscripts are neatly typed, are proofread and show some knowledge or familiarity of our publishing program. Non-fiction titles are well researched and fiction submissions reveal a unique voice. The stories are child-friendly and read well silently as well as aloud. Outstanding entries are well written; show attention to craft and respect for the reading audience. They are not simply cutesy, stereotypical or throwaway stories. They do not reinforce racial stereotypes. Since we hear from agents as well as individual writers and illustrators a query letter is preferred to a complete manuscript. Currently, we are looking for contemporary YA fiction. Two years ago we were looking for chapter books for middle readers. In the future we will be looking for picture books. We have a very small staff so this process requires patience.
A sure-fired turn off for our editorial review board is an impatient, first-time author who wants an immediate response. This author calls or emails us frequently to check his or her manuscript’s status; wants referrals to another publisher who can help him or her faster than we can, and is looking for large advances because he or she knows “we can make a lot of money from this book.” We encourage aspiring writers to visit our website and review our guidelines before contacting us. Always send that SASE for return of the manuscript.
Q: What should a first time author expect once a manuscript has been accepted?
A: After a manuscript has been accepted, a first time author can expect to have a close working relationship with our staff. He or she may be asked to re-work certain portions of the script. The author will see working layouts of the book and will be expected to respond to sketches and the whole illustration process if it is a picture book. He or she may be asked to rewrite once illustrations have been commissioned. There will be meetings and conferences with the assigned editor, review of pages, review of copyedits, marketing data, review of cover art, etc. If the work is nonfiction, the author will be expected to provide leads and documentation for the visuals. Just Us Books is a very hands-on company and we tell all of our first time authors that publishing is a process, not an event. Although we consult with the author and illustrator during every phase of the process, the final decisions are ultimately the publisher’s. A minimum of nine months is generally required for production and sometimes it takes as long as two years from the date of acceptance until publication. Most of all, a first time author should expect to do a lot of waiting. The birth of the book, however, is usually a beautiful thing. We give our authors a lot of tender, loving care and there’s a great deal of follow-up once a book has been published.
The contents of this interview are copyrighted by Cheryl Willis Hudson. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. For more information contact: justusbook@aol.com.
Note: This interview was originally published here on my blog on March 4, 2008. Please visit the website for current and updated information.

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(from the UK)

Cheryl Willis Hudson
Editorial Director
Just Us Books, Inc.
Tell us about Just Us Books, Inc. What does your company stand for and how does it differentiate itself from others in the marketplace?

Just Us Books, Inc. is an independent press that publishes Black-interest books for young people. We publish concept books, picture books, chapter books, poetry, non-fiction, biographies, and young adult fiction. We are a full service company, as are the majority of larger commercial children’s book publishers. That is, we do every thing from acquiring and editing manuscripts, giving them creative direction, to handling the production, manufacturing, promotion, distribution and sales of our titles.We are committed to publishing the best children’s literature possible and our titles appeal to children and adults of all backgrounds and ethnicities. African-American history, culture and children, however, are the centerpieces of our publishing program. I think what distinguishes us from others in the marketplace is the level of our commitment to reflecting authenticity in our titles through the voices of our authors and the vision of our illustrators. These authors and illustrators and editors create from their own experiences as people of African descent. Our publishing policy and practice encourages us to tell our own stories.Prior to the establishment of our company, other houses published African- American literature within their lists but did not give these titles special attention. Just Us Books responds to a hunger and a need from the African-American community to see more of our lives and interests reflected within children’s books that are being published as a whole. The themes of our books are universal but they reflect a sensibility that is unique to an African-American experience

Wade Hudson and yourself are the founders of Just Us Books. How did this partnership come about and what does the future hold?

Just Us Books, Inc. was founded by my husband and myself in 1988 and we’ve just celebrated 16 years in business together. Actually, the name of our company reflects the fact that it was just the two of us who started the
business: Wade is a writer and has a public relations background and I am a graphic designer. Before we started our company we had created stories for our two children that were a reflection of our community. They were stories populated by children who looked like them. Although there were some African American books available for children, there were not nearly enough to meet our needs and demands. We thought there should be many more titles that reflected the variety and diversity within the Black experience.

Prior to forming our own company, Wade and I had collaborated on several book ideas and proposals that were turned down by a number of trade publishers. Because the focus was culturally specific, i.e. AFRO-BETS® ABC BOOK, the editors who responded to our proposals, for the most part, did not see a viable market for Black interest books. They thought that “Black titles would not sell,” and that Black parents would not buy books for their children. Our personal experience was quite the opposite. Our friends, who were also parents, were always looking for children’s books that featured children who looked like their own, but they could almost never find relevant titles. Many of the Black interest books published at that time were biographies. Some of the stories promoted stereotypes or unflattering images of Black people.

In the USA, February is Black History Month. The few Black interest books that were published were made available in libraries and bookstores during that month. Wade and I knew there was a need to have African-American literature available all year round. We also felt there was a need for real-life and contemporary stories rather than solely standard biographical treatments of the same historical personalities who were presented over and over again.

After rejections from major publishers, we decided to self-publish. The successful publication of our first title, AFRO-BETS® ABC Book, which sold 5,000 copies in less than 4 months time, convinced us that we could do more and our press, Just Us Books, Inc. was born in 1988. We followed the AFRO-BETS® ABC Book with AFRO-BETS® 123 Book and our all time best seller, AFRO-BETS® Book of Black Heroes From A to Z. Our first picture book, Bright Eyes, Brown Skin, followed soon afterward, and it has become a favorite for the pre-school set. It’s clear that Just Us Books has succeeded in establishing a strong presence within the publishing industry with both the quality of our titles and our aggressive marketing and post-publication support. Not only have we published veteran authors and illustrators, but we’ve also introduced new talent to the field. Other major publishers have taken note and followed suit. So here we are and we continue. Now some larger publishers have established imprints dedicated to African-American titles.

How does Just Us Books Inc compare to rival publishers in terms of advances and royalty fees?

Our company matches industry standards in terms of royalties. Our advances vary depending on the author, illustrator and level of experience. I would say that for the most part our advances are modest. Many of our authors and illustrators however, appreciate the modest advances because their books remain in print and yield good returns over the long haul.

You are inundated with submissions on a daily basis. How do you filter through these and what would make a submission stand out from the crowd?

We pay careful attention to all manuscript submissions whether solicited or not. Typically, those that stand out have short, cover letters, and a clear focus. These manuscripts are neatly typed, are proofread and show some knowledge or familiarity of our publishing program. Non-fiction titles are well researched and fiction submissions reveal a unique voice. The stories are child-friendly and read well silently as well as aloud. Outstanding entries are well written; show attention to craft and respect for the reading audience. They are not simply cutesy, stereotypical or throwaway stories. They do not reinforce racial stereotypes. Since we hear from agents as well as individual writers and illustrators a query letter is preferred to a complete manuscript. Currently, we are looking for contemporary YA fiction. Two years ago we were looking for chapter books for middle readers. In the future we will be looking for picture books. We have a very small staff so this process requires patience.

A sure-fired turn off for our editorial review board is an impatient, first-time author who wants an immediate response. This author calls or emails us frequently to check his or her manuscript’s status; wants referrals to another publisher who can help him or her faster than we can, and is looking for large advances because he or she knows “we can make a
lot of money from this book.” We encourage aspiring writers to visit our website and review our guidelines before contacting us. Always send that SASE for return of the manuscript.

What should a first time author expect once a manuscript has been accepted?

After a manuscript has been accepted, a first time author can expect to have a close working relationship with our staff. He or she may be asked to re-work certain portions of the script. The author will see working layouts of the book and will be expected to respond to sketches and the whole illustration process if it is a picture book. He or she may be asked to rewrite once illustrations have been commissioned. There will be meetings and conferences with the assigned editor, review of pages, review of copyedits, marketing data, review of cover art, etc. If the work is nonfiction, the author will be expected to provide leads and documentation for the visuals. Just Us Books is a very hands-on company and we tell all of our first time authors that publishing is a process, not an event. Although we consult with the author and illustrator during every phase of the process, the final decisions are ultimately the publisher’s. A minimum of nine months is generally required for production and sometimes it takes as long as two years from the date of acceptance until publication. Most of all, a first time author should expect to do a lot of waiting. The birth of the book, however, is usually a beautiful thing. We give our authors a lot of tender, loving care and there’s a great deal of follow-up once a book
has been published.

What key industry events do you attend annually and why?

We attend Book Expo, ALA, NEA, NABSE, IRA, The Black Child Development Institute and a variety of other national and local conferences and conventions. Book Expo is the trade show in the US and it’s essential for making contact with bookstores, chains, independents, distributors, other publishers, and industry professionals as a whole. It’s a great place to showcase forthcoming titles. ALA is the national association of librarians and is essential for that market. NEA is a national teachers’ organization.
IRA is a national association of reading professionals. There are other conferences that give us marketing opportunities for specifically African American audiences or niche markets.

2004 brought about the launch of SANKOFA BOOKS, a Just Us Books imprint.
Can you tell us a little about this new imprint and the strategy/reasoning behind it?

We are very proud of the establishment of our SANKOFA imprint. Through SANKOFA Just Us Books is bringing back books that helped to lay the foundation for Black-interest children’s literature, These books are timeless classics—as important, relevant and necessary today as when they were first published. The first four authors we’ve signed are literary leaders and innovators who’ve produced tremendous bodies of work. We see it not only as a responsibility, but an honor to keep books like these in print. SANKOFA (represented by a bird that looks back while walking forward) illustrates the importance of learning from and building on the past to create a better future. That’s exactly what we’re trying to do through this new imprint. In making these books available again, we hope new generations of readers will be inspired to celebrate the diversity of Black history, heroes, and culture—just like their readers were years ago.

There are so many wonderful books by talented writers that are out of print. So we’re bringing back titles by Camille Yarbrough, James Haskins, Robert Miller, Rosa Guy, Mari Evans, Eleanora Tate and others.

This is a very exciting area for us.

What can we expect from Just Us Books Inc in 2005-2006?

We plan to expand our list in the area of young adult fiction and have several titles in the pipeline that are exceptional works. I’m Late, a story by Mari Evans, about teen pregnancy is forthcoming. We will acquire more titles for our SANKOFA imprint. We will introduce more concept books that feature AFRO-BETS® Kids. Robo, Glo, Nandi, Tura, Langston and Stef are the characters who were the basis for our first published books and they will continue to tell their personal stories.

Marketing possibilities via the Internet are tremendous and we will continue to utilize this medium to bring more of our books to a wider audience. Whether that audience is an individual just surfing the web, a parent looking for relevant reading material for a child or a teacher looking for classroom materials in a specific subject area, we will continue to publish Black interest books for that audience. Wade and I and the Just Us Books staff (which now includes our children and other family members) love what we do and we plan to do more of it.

What kind of feedback do you get from parents who have bought your books for their children and in what way do these letters influence future projects?

Our favorite words are, “OOOOOh, I love this book!” Whether it comes from a 5 year old, a new parent who is now purchasing Bright Eyes Brown Skin or Jamal’s Busy Day for his or her own children because he or she read it as a child, it feels good to know that our work is appreciated. New parents reinforce the views we had as parents over twenty years ago. Grandparents also have a great appreciation for being able to buy the kinds of books that were never available to them in their own childhoods. Ma Dear’s Old Green House by veteran author Denise Lewis Patrick and the new illustrator, Sonia Lynn Sadler, for example, has gotten rave reviews from young children and grandparents alike. We’d like to publish more beautiful picture books like this that resonate with the positive images and rhythms of Black life.
In many areas of the Black community, Just Us Books is seen as an institution. So, parents feel comfortable sharing many things with us, especially ideas for new titles. When parents told us, for example, that they needed more books that would appeal to boys we published Sharon Draper’s adventure series, Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs and Dwayne Ferguson’s Kid Caramel: Private Investigator. SANKOFA was a response to parents who couldn’t find certain books that were just available only a year or so ago. They want to build their own home libraries with books that have lasting value for their children.While we can’t do everything that parents and teachers want, we do respond to their feedback. There’s a great need and there’s tremendous talent waiting to be tapped. Our readers have grown with us. The greatest satisfaction for Just Us Books as a publishing company is knowing that we have made a difference.We’re thankful that our efforts have been so well received are inspired to do a lot more.


Thank you for the opportunity to share some of our story with you.Cheryl Willis Hudson
Editorial Director
Just Us Books, Inc.

Just Us Books

Celebrates a Legacy:

An Interview with Cheryl Willis Hudson

BCALA Newsletter • November/December 2009

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Roland Barksdale-Hall

Roland Barksdale-Hall interviewed Cheryl Willis
Hudson, Editorial Director and Publisher, about the
publishing company’s founding, development and
early distribution on the occasion of Just Us Books’
Twentieth Anniversary. Just Us Books, Inc.,
founded by husband and wife team Wade Hudson
and Cheryl Willis Hudson, currently celebrates
twenty years of continuous independent publishing.
The Oral History Project of Black Librarians and
Publishing Pioneers attempts to document and
preserve the history and memorabilia of librarians
and publishers of African descent who have held
leadership positions and/or been engaged in the
struggle for either human or civil rights. The
Wade and Cheryl Willis Hudson, husband and
interview below was held on October 1, 2003.
wife team and founders of Just Us Books lo-
cated in East Orange, New Jersey.
http://www.justusbooks.com/modules/content/index.php?id=227
What changes in the publishing industry, if any, have you
time. I think it has a lot to do with the ground-
work laid by places like Third World Press that
Oh! There have been quite a few. But some things
have made it really possible. You will see a lot
have remained the same. I would say when we
more development of adult titles and much more
started out our company in 1988 there were a hand-
progressive marketing of black books by the
ful of Black publishers. And that remains true today
white publishers or, what are commonly called,
in terms of companies that publish maybe more
commercial presses now with the phenomenal
than three or four books a season. There was Third
success of Terri McMillan, Toni Morrison, and a
World Press. There was Black Classic Press. There
number of other adult writers. These publishers
were Writers and Leaders Press, which had just been
have come to see that there indeed is a large Black
formed around that time, Kitchen Table, Women of
reading public who have been supportive of those
Color Press, and Open Hand Publishing, LLC.
Black writers and who are hungry for materials
There were maybe five or six people who came to-
coming from the African American experience
gether in the early days. And those five or six pub-
and the Diaspora. Certainly the larger publishing
lishers—some of them are no longer around—they
companies have discovered that we do have a
are still the core of Black publishers in the country.
voice, that we do have a presence and they —I
really think— are anxious to capitalize on the
There have been a lot more individuals, however, as
discovery of what a lot of them wouldn’t admitted
a result of collaborative efforts that we have made
in the early days.
with either ALA or through the American Book-
sellers Association, who have helped to expand the
During the early years I was looking for materials with
pool of Black publishers. Now there is E. Curtis
Black images for our children and I could only find Just
Alexander’s publishing company. There is Tony
Us Books in our African American bookstores. I was
Rose. There is Genesis. There are a number of
wondering if you could discuss the early distribution. Was
other publishers that have emerged since that
everyone open to having these materials in their bookstores?_____________________________________________________________________________________

That is an interesting question… One of the first
emerged such as Lee and Lowe that are multi-
things we did was to approach independent Black
cultural. Lee and Lowe Books, owned by Asian
Americans, publishes materials about Latinos,
African Americans and Asian culture. That’s
There is quite a bit of resistance in general to small
not the same focus that Just Us Books has.
presses having their works distributed in larger
bookstores rather than in independent bookstores
Now there are some packaging companies.
Scholastic, for example, does not have an im-
print specifically devoted to African American
That has a lot to do with the system of distribution.
culture but it does publish quite a few more
Distributors want to know if you are a reputable
African American writers. Scholastic has done
company, if you are going to publish more than one
specialized marketing to court that reading
book, if they will be able to get books when they
audience. I am thinking this was done through
need them, and if you will be able to supply enough
the distribution of a catalog, a multicultural
books. There is a whole cadre of things that go
catalog and some of its book club efforts. There
along with distribution. So it is very hard to get
are some other publishing companies who have
books distributed period. And it was much harder
made more of an attempt in the last several
in 1988. But African American bookstores are
years to find African American writers. Jump at
always very receptive of liberation books.
the Sun is a division of Hyperion, which is a
part of the larger Disney Corporation. And
Some of the bookstores are no longer in business.
Jump at the Sun has an imprint which is
But at the time, Third World Press had two
devoted to African American writers. To my
bookstores in Chicago, I think. There was a
knowledge this company is the only one that
network of independent African American
has an actual imprint for children’s books.
booksellers that we approached initially with a
flyer/mailing, saying, “We are coming out with this
Harper-Collins does have an imprint called
material; we are going to have it ready at x time, and
Amistad, which was actually purchased from
would you be interested in carrying it in your
Charles Harris. Amistad was an independent
store?” We usually added, “Here is a review copy or
Black publishing company and its major focus
review page or something from the book.” Black
was adult books. But in recent years Amistad
bookstores were very instrumental in helping us get
has also published children’s books and now the
distribution because they were open and, I do
company is a part of Harper-Collins. In term of
believe, knew how difficult it was for independent
the status, I think Wade can give a more exact
publishers and independent writers to get their
picture of who the leaders and shakers are.
How have you stayed the course for fifteen years?
What is the current status of Black Publishing as it relates
…It has not always been easy. But you do what
you have to do.
_____________________________________________
It is interesting… Right now we really believe that
Cheryl Willis Hudson, Editorial Director/Publisher of Just Us
Just Us Books is still the only Black-owned book
Books, is an entrepreneur and author of nearly 20 children’s books
publishing company, exclusively dedicated to
with more than 30 years experience creating books for children.
publishing children’s books and has done it
Ms. Hudson began her career doing text book design for publish-
ers including Houghton Mifflin and Macmillan. As an author, she
consistently with a growing list of authors every
crafts vibrant and encouraging books that help Black children to
year. There are some publishing companies that are
see themselves positively reflected in society.
comprised of one or two persons who publish their
Roland Barksdale-Hall, former BCALA News managing editor,
own books. But we publish a full service range that
is author of The African-American Family’s Guide to Tracing Our Roots:
goes from preschool to young adult. There are
Healing, Understanding & Restoring Our Families (Amber Books 2005)
some other publishing companies that have
and African Americans in Mercer County (Arcadia Books 2009).

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