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2010 Newport Annual – Call for Entries

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Members’ Juried Exhibition
                              February 6 – May 24, 2010

Members’ Preview Reception  •  Friday, February 5  •  5 – 7 pm

JUROR:                  The juror selecting works this year is Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, Curator of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Previously Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design at the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, NYC, she holds a Ph.D. in Theory and History of Architecture.


PRIZES:                 Ms. Ramírez -Montagut will award “Best-in-Show”, as well as first prizes and honorable mentions. First prizes come with a cash award.  The Museum’s curator, Nancy Whipple Grinnell, will award The Newport Art Museum Award, a future solo show for the winning artist.

ELIGIBILITY:      All entrants must be current members of the Newport Art Museum.  Membership dues will be accepted when work is delivered.


                                 Each artist may enter one work, executed during the past year, and not previously exhibited in this museum.  There are no restrictions on size or media; however, this is a group show. Each work must be clearly labeled on the back with the artist’s name, title and medium. All works must be exhibition ready; the Museum reserves the right to deny entry to any work not properly framed, wired, ready to install or “wet” work.  The Museum will insure accepted work (for up to $1,000) while on exhibition; the Museum will not be responsible for works in transit. Artists are responsible for transportation of their work to and from the Museum. The Museum cannot accept work earlier or later than the designated times, nor can it accept work that is mailed, so please make alternate arrangements.

NOTIFICATION:  Accepted work will be listed on our website, www.newportartmuseum.org, by number.  For those without internet access results will also be provided by calling 401-848-8200, January 27, 2009. 


ENTRY FEE:         A fee of $15 is required with your entry.


CALENDAR:          Receiving:                  Thursday         January 21                  12 – 7

                                                                     Friday             January 22                  10 – 4 

                                 Juror’s selection:        Monday           January 25


Notification posted:   Wednesday     January 27                 


Pick up for works       Thursday         January 28                  10-7

not selected:               Friday             January 29                  10-4


Opening reception:     Friday             February 5                  5 – 7               


Pick up for                  Tuesday          May 25                        10 – 7

exhibited works:         Wednesday     May 26                        10 – 4

Uncollected work becomes the property of the Newport Art Museum and may be sold to benefit the Museum’s programs.

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Contemporary Music Fund Project Grants

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

French American Cultural Exchange Accepting Applications for Contemporary Music Fund Project Grants


Administered by the French American Cultural Exchange, the French American Fund for Contemporary Music supports contemporary music projects — commissions, residencies, performances, tours, and master classes — that foster cultural exchange between France and the United States.

The fund awards project grants to nonprofit institutions celebrating the work of living composers in both countries. Collaborations combining new French and American works are especially encouraged.

Go to: http://www.facecouncil.org/music/guidelines.html

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Commentary from Phili on the Arts Stimulus Funds

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Philadelphia arts create real jobs

By Peggy AmsterdamSens. John McCain and Tom Coburn recently criticized how some of the federal stimulus money has been spent. They took specific aim at several National Endowment for the Arts grants for arts employment across the country, highlighting two Philadelphia-based groups, Pig Iron Theatre Co. and Spiral Q Puppet Theater.

The $25,000 grant for Spiral Q supported a portion of the salary of the organization’s production manager. The $25,000 grant for Pig Iron allowed it to retain the position of associate artistic director and to fund actors’ salaries for its world-premiere production of Welcome to Yuba City.

Were the grants worth it?

To read the rest of this article click here:



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Providence Art Club Call to Artists

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009




HONORARY CHAIR: Senator Jack Reed

COMMUNITY AWARD JURORS:Mike McCauley, Head Trader, Pyramis Global Advisors; John Simmons, Executive Director, Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council; Senate Majority Leader Dan Connors

EXHIBITION JURORS: Diana Gaston, Associate Curator, Fidelity Investments; Beth Kantrowitz, Independent Curator, BK Projects; Meg White, Director, Gallery Naga

FIDELITY INVESTMENTS has a strong history of supporting local, living artists. The result of this commitment is a diverse collection of regional, contemporary art that includes more than 14,000 pieces housed in 125 sites around the world. In Rhode Island, more than 800 original works by local artists are displayed at the firm’s Smithfield campus and Providence locations.

Co-sponsoring this 12th Annual All Media Juried Exhibition is one way Fidelity Investments continues its tradition of supporting and showcasing the depth of artistic talent in Southeastern New England.

In addition to the cash prizes, one piece from the exhibition will be purchased by Fidelity Investments for its permanent collection. This piece will be selected by Diana Gaston, Fidelity’s associate curator.

THE PROVIDENCE ART CLUB, founded in 1880, was created to stimulate the appreciation of art in the community. Located on Thomas Street, in the shadow of the First Baptist Church, the Art Club is a picturesque procession of historic buildings, home to studios, galleries, and a clubhouse. Through its public programs, its art instruction classes for members, and its active exhibition schedule, the Providence Art Club continues a tradition of supporting the visual arts in Providence and beyond.

GALLERY HOURS: Monday through Friday 12-4 pm, Saturday and Sunday 2-4 pm

MORE INFO: 401.331.1114, www.providenceartclub.org,


For more information go to: www.providenceartclub.org

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Two new public art projects in Florida

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Deadline: January 15, 2010

CALL TO ARTISTS – Dept of Revenue Office Complex, Tallahassee.  Florida’s Art in State Building Program announces a new public art project with a budget of $60,000. The Revenue project’s Art Selection Committee has identified several potential sites for artwork on the walls of the lobbies of the three buildings in the office complex. They intend to select artists from whom to commission several works.  Interested artists should visit the Call to Artists page of the ASB Program’s web site to read more about this project and see how to submit their qualifications by the deadline date – www.Florida-Arts.org/programs/statebuildings   If there is need for further information, contact the ASB Program Manager, Lee Modica, at lmodica@dos.state.fl.us or 850-245-6476.

Deadline: February 12, 2010

CALL TO ARTISTS – FSU William Johnston Building, Tallahassee.  Florida’s Art in State Buildings Program at Florida State University announces a new public art project with a budget of $97,000.  The Johnston Building’s Art Selection Committee seeks one or more experienced artists to create artwork for the facility’s interior public spaces.  Interested artists should read about the project and submit their qualifications and examples of previous work according to the instructions found on the FSU Call to Artists page at http://www.mofa.fsu.edu/pages/participate/asb/index.shtml   If there is need for further information about this project, contact the ASB Administrator at FSU, Allys Palladino-Craig, at apalladinocraig@fsu.edu or 850-644-1254.

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Call For Middle School/High School Playwrights

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

The VSA arts Playwright Discovery Program invites middle and high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others and express their views through the art of playwriting. Playwrights may write from their own experience or about an experience in the life of another person or fictional character.  Scripts can be comedies, dramas, or even musicals—be creative! The winning play will be professionally produced or staged at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The winning playwright receives $2,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., to see his or her play performed. The deadline to apply is April 15.  For more information please click here.
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Call For Non-Profit Arts Organizations

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
Mayor David N. Cicilline’s Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative is now accepting applications for the 2010 season.   The Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative awards funds to non-profit organizations to create and perform high quality programs designed to respond to the unique characteristics of neighborhoods and foster a sense of community pride.  The deadline to submit is February 5 @ 4pm.  For a complete list of guidelines and to download an application please click here.
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NYC public art call for artists – DOT plaza sites

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) Percent for Art Program in conjunction with the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and Department of Transportation (DOT) invites artists to submit qualifications and letters of interest to be considered for panel review and the opportunity to be considered as finalists for the commission of permanent artwork for DOT plaza sites throughout the city. Please read the following PDF document for more information and submission guidelines. You may also paste the following address in your browser to be connected to the call:


All submissions must be received by 5:00 PM EST on Monday, February 22nd, 2010. Any questions should be emailed to NYCplazas@culture.nyc.gov

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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Studio Visit Logo

Postmark Deadline, February 5, 2010
Free to Enter!!!

All Regions, All Mediums…
Dina Deitsch,
Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art,
deCordova Sculpture Park + Museum

Studio Visit is a nationally focused publication that presents all two- and three-dimensional work. Each volume includes approximately 150 artists. Selected artists will be provided with one full-page that will include a full-color image, contact information, and a brief artist statement. Each volume of Studio Visit is juried by a professional curator and produced to the highest quality standards.

Once published, Studio Visit is mailed to 2,000 of the nation’s top galleries and curators and a growing subscriber base.

Additional Benefits to Participating Artists:
All winners will be listed on the Studio Visit website with direct links to their sites.
- Participating artists will also announced in a full page advertisement placed in the nationally distribute publication, New American Paintings.

The competition is free to enter. However, selected artists will be responsible for a $225 production and distribution fee. Participating artists will receive a complimentary issue of the publication, and will be able to purchase additional copies at a discount.

Studio Visit Cover

For More Information, Visit our Website

Download Full Prospectus

Email Us Your Questions

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A Workshop for small + medium size arts organization on sharing services

Monday, December 21st, 2009
Collaborate, Cooperate, Innovate: Nonprofits Partnering for Success
**Space is Limited**

A workshop for small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations on fiscal sponsorship, sharing office space, sharing services, and other partnerships that can help you direct more energy to your mission.

To register, click on the following link:


Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Time: 5:00 – 8:30pm
Location: RI Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  One Davol Square, Providence, RI

      Sponsors include:
  • The Fund for Community Progress
  • The Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence
  • Narragansett Bay Estuary Program
  • New Roots Providence
  • Rhode Island Council for Humanities
  • Rhode Island State Council for the Arts
  • Rhode Island Land Trust Council
  • The Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University
  • United Way of Rhode Island
New Roots Providence
10 Davol Sq.
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
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Juried competition for digital art and photography

Monday, December 21st, 2009
Los Angeles Center For Digital Art
107 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Enter our juried competition for digital art and photography. Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work. All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. The competition is international, open to all geographical locations.

Registration fee is $30US (three images).
Multiple entries permitted, additional $30 entry fee for each three images.

The selected winner receives 10 prints up to 44×60 inches on canvas or museum quality paper (approximately a $1500-$2000 value) to be shown in a solo exhibition in our main gallery from February 11 – March 6, 2010. The show will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artist.

Second place prizes: Five second place winners will receive one print of their work up to 24×36 inches ($150-$200 in value) to be included in upcoming group shows. Second place winners will be scheduled into group shows within twelve months of announcement of winners. Consideration is given to placing these works in shows appropriate to their style, genre and/or content. These shows will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artists.

Special consideration will be given to all entrants for inclusion in future shows at LACDA. Many entrants from past competitions have already been included in our exhibits.


  • Edward Robinson, L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA)
  • Max Presneill, Torrance Art Museum
  • Rex Bruce, Director, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art

Deadline for Entries: January 19 | Winners Announced: January 26 | Exhibit Dates: February 11 – March 6

Contact: For questions email us at: lacda@lacda.com

Prospectus: http://lacda.com/juried/juriedshow.html

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Maine Arts Commission Seeks Proposals for two Percent for Art Calls

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Maine Arts Commission Seeks Proposals for two Percent for Art Calls


The Maine Arts Commission currently has two Percent for Art Competitions with January deadlines that are open to all artists.  Abbreviated details of these two calls can be found below. Full details of these and other Maine Arts Commission opportunities can always be found at http://mainearts.maine.gov/opportunities.aspx.


University Commons, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Percent for Art

The Maine Arts Commission is making an open call to all artists to submit proposals to design, create, and install artwork at the University Commons, University of Southern Maine, Portland. Total project budget is $50,000; submissions deadline is January 4, 2010.

The Percent for Art University Commons call for artists asks applicants to consider addressing one of three opportunities for the placement of art: Option A. exterior sculpture situated between the two buildings addressed in this call: the Osher Map Library / Glickman Library and the Muskie School/Wishcamper Center. Option B. the interior sites of the two buildings individually: the FORUM at the Muskie School/Wishcamper Center and the LIBRARY ARCADE in the Glickman Library/Osher Map Library. One or two artists or artist teams will be selected for the commission. The selection committee is interested in proposals that relate to the University’s interaction with the Portland community at large and its role in the state university system. Applicants should also consider that the work should be welcoming to the neighborhood, visitors, student population and community at large. Works of art that are too literal or predictable will not be favored.

More information about the site can be found at :http://www.usm.maine.edu/dfm/pages/engineering.htm
click on “University Commons Percent for Art”

There is approximately $50, 000 in Percent for Art funds available for this project. These funds will be used to commission work(s) from one or two artists. An artist’s budget proposal must cover all design, fabrication, transportation, documentation and installation expenses, including any building or site modification associated with the artwork.

All professional artists may apply for consideration to this project. Preference will be given to artists who are Maine residents. Artists who are employees of the University of Southern Maine or are members of the art selection committee and their immediate families are ineligible for Percent for Art projects at this location. The project is open to all artists age 18 and over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines. Contact Alison Ferris, Assistant Director, with questions at 207/287-2710, alison.ferris@maine.gov.

The full prospectus can be found at MaineArts.com by following this link: http://mainearts.maine.gov/oppdetail.aspx?Id=8202


Peaks-Kenny State Park Percent for Art
The Maine Arts Commission is making a call to all artists or artist-teams living in the United States to submit proposals to design, create and install artwork at Peaks-Kenny State Park in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. Special consideration will be given to Maine artists. Total project budget is $20,000; submission deadline is Friday, January 29, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.

BACKGROUND: Peaks-Kenny State Park lies on the shores of Sebec Lake just north of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. The 839-acre park lies in the Central Maine Highlands, an area renowned for its natural beauty and outdoor opportunities with Moosehead Lake, the Appalachian Trail, and the southern end of Baxter State Park. The Park encompasses more than a mile of shoreline along the clean, deep, spring-fed waters of Sebec Lake. A sandy swimming beach offers lovely views across the lake to Borestone Mountain, a 1600-acre nature sanctuary. The park is home to stately trees (old-growth hardwood forests, hemlock and pines) and large, magnificent glacial boulders. For more information about the park, please search for Peaks-Kenny State Park from: www.parksandlands.com.


The Percent for Art committee is interested in commissioning art that deeply responds to (rather than competes with) the park’s natural environment. In addition, the committee would like the art to enhance or heighten visitors’ experience of the park’s landscape and nature. The committee is open to all art forms and all media with the exception of two-dimensional work simply because there is no facility at the park in which it can be installed or exhibited. The art can be sited anywhere in the park as long as it is sensitive to the environment and to the manner in which visitors use the park.
Peaks-Kenny State Park is closed for the winter; however, the site may be visit by contacting Mike Leighton, Regional Manager of the Northern Region Parks at 207-941-4014 to set up an appointment. All other questions can be directed to Alison Ferris, Assistant Director of the Maine Arts Commission at: alison.ferris@maine.gov

Full details are available from MaineArts.com by using this link: http://mainearts.maine.gov/oppdetail.aspx?Id=8223


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NEFA Public Art Programs

Thursday, December 17th, 2009


NEFA logo
Public Art Updates
Lauren Johnston
Public Art Coordinator
617.951.0010 x528

NEFA NetworkNEFA Network
NEFA announces the Public Art Forum on the new NEFA Network, a free online community forum for the arts.  The Public Art Forum is an online resource and discussion center for artists, administrators, community members and anyone interested in Public Art.  Visit the forum to find and post calls to artists and communities in New England, share information on your public art project and get connected to public art resources.  We rely on your posts and contributions to make this a dynamic forum for the field so make your first posting today!
Fund for the Arts Guidelines available! 
NEFA’s Fund for the Arts guidelines and application forms due February 26, 2010 are now available for organizations in Greater Boston.  *New this year* Fund for the Arts will accept proposals for temporary public art.  Find out more at www.nefa.org/grants_services/fund_arts.
Public Art WorkshopSave the Date! 
Mark your calendars for the fourth Public Art Discussion Series on Grant Support for Public Art, which will take place on Wednesday, January 27th from noon to 1:30pm at NEFA. This session will feature public art grant makers in the Boston area.
NEFA creatively supports the movement of people, ideas, and resources in the arts within New England and beyond, makes vital connections between artists and communities, and builds the strength, knowledge, and leadership of the region’s creative sector.  NEFA is a 501(c)(3) that operates with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England state arts agencies, and from corporations, foundations, and individuals.

NEFA administers nine grantmaking programs that support the performing arts, public art, and Native American artists. NEFA also leads projects and initiatives that range from the analysis of the impact of the creative economy to the creation of online tools which link and advance the regional, national, and international cultural community. For more information, please visit www.nefa.org or call 617. 951.0010.


New England Foundation for the Arts | 145 Tremont Street, 7th Floor | Boston | MA | 02111

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Drawing and Sculpture Class, Little Compton

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

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Call For Artists

Thursday, December 17th, 2009
RIPTA is now accepting proposals for the Hope Street Bus Shelter Project.  The goal of the Hope Street Bus Shelter Project is to enhance the experience of those traveling through Hope Street by providing seating and shelter from the weather while introducing unique design elements to the streetscape environment. The one-of-a-kind bus shelter will reflect the area’s design and cultural heritage. The scope of this project is to add a favorite piece of neighborhood art while enhancing the experience of the transit user.  The deadline to apply is January 29.  For more information please click here.
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Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism

The Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative is a partnership between the City of Providence, Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the Department of Public Parks. This initiative encourages Providence-based organizations and artists to create public programming for the City’s diverse neighborhoods.





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Imago Foundation for the Arts issues call for open community exhibit in January

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Imago Foundation for the Arts is issuing a call to artists for an open salon-style exhibit to be held at IMAGO, 36 Market Street in Warren January 14 – 30.

The exhibit is open to all interested artists and all media. Work for the exhibit must be dropped off at IMAGO on Sunday, January 10 or Monday, January 11 from noon to 4 p.m. Each participant will be limited to three pieces measuring no more than 36 inches in any direction. All work must be original and ready to hang or display. Submitting artists must be at least 18 years of age.

A fee of $10 per piece will be charged. All proceeds from any sales will go directly to the artists. No commissions will be charged. Participating artists must pick up their work on Sunday, January 31 between 3 and 5 p.m.

IFA is a tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 organization whose goal is to make the arts a visible and active part of the lives of Rhode Island citizens by sponsoring public events, classes and workshops related to the visual and literary arts. All contributions are tax deductible.

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Open Call for Self-Portraits

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

You are invited to participate in: The Power of Self
Full details at: www.artistswanted.org/?asc

This competition is about your story, your images and the power they hold. From Salvador Dalí to Cindy Sherman the self has been the subject of most all the art world’s greats. The self-portrait transcends medium, style and period, existing in the vast space between the personal and prophetic. We all have a self-portrait. Show us yours!

Our panel of judges including actor Steve Buscemi, director/producer Chris Weitz, Guggenheim Curator Helen Hsu and Flavorpill Founder Sascha Lewis will select one portfolio of self-portraits for The Grand Prize:

  • six months of FREE living at The Edge in New York City or $7007 cash
  • an art-star reception in New York City
  • international publicity
  • a feature in 3rd Ward Magazine

The public will also cast their vote and the highest rated portfolio will receive The People’s Choice Award:

  • $1,000 in cash
  • an art-star reception in New York City
  • international publicity

This is your moment to be discovered, send us your best work: www.artistswanted.org/?asc

Accepting Submissions through January 14, 11:59 pm EST.

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Call For SciFi/Fantasy Writing

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Calling all Science Fiction & Fantasy writers! Library to Host an Advanced Writing Workshop 


PROVIDENCE, RI – Do you have a story or a novel chapter that needs polishing for publication? Need a group of dedicated readers to smooth the rough edges? Are you stuck in the middle, not sure where to take it?  Providence Public Library (Central Library) will host an Advanced Writing Workshop run by Paul DiFilippo, a Providence writer, reviewer and critic of science fiction. The course will be held Mondays, 5:45 – 8:45 pm, January 4 to February 22, 2010 (no classes on January 18, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and February 15, President’s Day).  


Admission is contingent on submission of a 6-page writing sample, e-mailed or postmarked by December 23, 2009.  Tuition is $250, payable no later than the first class.  In the event of withdrawal, an 80 percent refund will be given until January 11, after which no refunds will be made.  Interested writers should submit samples (including name, phone number and e-mail) to Paul DiFilippo (pgdf@cox.net) by December 23. 


Over a six-week period, the instructor and participants will take one short story manuscript from each writer and work to make it suitable for submission to a professional publication. 


Written critiques from the instructor and fellow writers in the class will alternate with examination of professionally published stories for the lessons they can offer, a survey of markets with tips on submission, and an examination of the tricks and tools of fantastical and speculative writing. Participants will submit six pages of their writing to allow the instructor to gauge their abilities to benefit from the course. The sample may be from any project. The story to be polished during the session should ideally be a complete narrative arc when the course begins, but may be unfinished if the desired help lies in resolving the plot and ending of the piece. Class will meet in a room TBA at Providence Public Library (150 Empire Street, Providence). 


The Instructor  

Paul DiFilippo sold his first story in 1977, and since then has amassed over 200 publication credits, leading to the publication of some 25 books. He has been a judge for the Philip K. Dick Award, and this year became a judge for the John W. Campbell Award.  In addition to his fiction writing, he has written numerous reviews for venues ranging from Asimov’s SF Magazine to The Washington Post Book World.  He currently has a column at The Barnes & Noble Review





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