Donna Tartt Wins Pulitzer for "The Goldfinch"

One of my favorite reads, the Goldfinch was announced Monday as the winner of the Pulitzer Prize

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Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch," already among the most popular and celebrated novels of the past year, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. One of the country's top colonial historians, Alan Taylor, has won his second Pulitzer, for "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War In Virginia."

Annie Baker's "The Flick" won the Pulitzer for drama, a play set in a movie theater that was called a "thoughtful drama with well-crafted characters" which created "lives rarely seen on the stage."

The award Monday for general nonfiction went to Dan Fagin's "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation," a chronicle of industrial destruction in a small New Jersey community that was praised by The New York Times as a "classic of science reporting." Megan Marshall's "Margaret Fuller: A New American Life," about the 19th century intellectual and transcendentalist, won for biography; and Vijay Seshadri's witty and philosophical "3 Sections" received the poetry prize.

The Pulitzer for music was given to John Luther Adams' "Become Ocean," which judges cited as "a haunting orchestral work that suggests a relentless tidal surge, evoking thoughts of melting polar ice and rising sea levels."

Tartt's novel, a sweeping, Dickensian tale about a young orphan set in modern Manhattan, was published last fall to high praise and quick commercial success that has not relented. "The Goldfinch" has been nominated for a National Book Critics Circle prize and an Andrew Carnegie Medal and on Monday was in the top 40 on Amazon.com's best seller list even before the Pulitzer was announced.

Fans of the 50-year-old Mississippi native, many of whom still had strong memories of her 1992 debut, "The Secret History," had waited a decade for her to complete her third novel. "The Goldfinch" was published after the disappointing "The Little Friend." The Pulitzer will likely ensure her place among the elite of contemporary fiction writers and make "The Goldfinch" a million seller.

"I am incredibly happy and incredibly honored and the only thing I am sorry about is that Willie Morris and Barry Hannah aren't here. They would have loved this," said Tartt, referring to two authors who had been early mentors.

Rare Book Dealer Scholium Raises GBP8 Million In IPO

 source: ILSE London South East

LONDON (Alliance News) - Rare antiquarian book dealer Scholium Group PLC Monday said it has successfully raised GBP8 million in its initial public offering, having priced its shares at 100 pence each, giving it a market capitalization of GBP13.2 million.

In an exclusive interview with Alliance News in early March, the company said it was planning to raise up to GBP10 million in the IPO, funds it would use to increase its stock, develop the business, and set up a new trading division that will branch out into the wider rare and collectibles market.

Chief Executive Phillip Blackwell told Alliance News at the time that he wants to grow the business organically and through further acquisitions, having founded the company in 2009 and already built it up through three acquisitions.

"We want to accelerate the growth and profitability of the rare books business. It has high growth potential, but it is very working capital intensive," he told Alliance News before its IPO.

Scholium said Monday that dealings are expected to commence on AIM at 8.00 am on March 28.

WH Ireland is acting as nominated adviser and Whitman Howard is acting as the company's broker.

"Being traded on AIM with supportive shareholders creates an excellent platform to expand our existing trade in rare books and works on paper. It will also allow us to extend our activities trading alongside reputable dealers in the more general rare and collectibles market," Blackwell said in a statement.

Scholium's IPO was one of three new issues to take place Monday, as the recent pickup in London IPOs continued unabated.

Scholium's is a holding group for several well known London booksellers:

Shapero Rare Books

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Rare book sales providing water for Syria’s refugees

Source: Thame Gazette   -    Published on the 10 March 2014 14:55

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Bookshop manager Dick Jennens

The books were donated to the Cornmarket shop in Thame towards the end of 2013.

Now they have been sold and the money received will go towards providing water for half a million refugees in Syria.

A first edition J.M. Keynes book on economics was bought online for £900 by a customer from Surrey and a set of surreal art magazines – VVV – was also sold over the internet to a Japanese customer for £550.

A book written by Margaret Thatcher, including the former prime minister’s autograph, was also sold in store for £175.

Shop manager Dick Jennens said: “The signature was just what you would expect. Beautifully neat and extremely well formed.

“I saw the lady looking at the book and she went away to make a phonecall.

“When I returned from lunch, one of the volunteers said it had gone so I assume it must have been her!”

Mr Jennens admitted he first wondered if the books were worth keeping.

He even offered them to occasional customer Boris Johnson when the mayor of London visited at the start of the year.

But the rare book sales have raised valuable funds and the bookshop continues to receive unique donations.

Mr Jennens said: “A lady staggered in with a book of artwork from Venice, which is lavishly illustrated.

“We also have a series of books by Allan Mallinson at the moment, who was an army officer in the Light Dragoons.

“But we continue to provide water tanks, taps, buckets and toilets in places like Zaatari in the desert.

“There are 130,000 people in need there. That’s 10 times the size of Thame!”

Elmore Leonard estate sale includes signed, first edition books

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TORONTO — Famed author Elmore Leonard’s personal items are up for grabs this week in Michigan.

The Get Shorty writer died last August at 87.

The estate sale at his home in Bloomfield Hills — about 30 minutes outside Detroit — runs Thursday until Saturday and features first edition and signed books as well as furniture, lamps, linens and rugs.

Photos of what’s available for purchase can be found at estatesales.net.

Many of Leonard’s 45 novels were adapted into movies, including Be Cool, Jackie Brown and the made-in-Toronto Killshot.

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March 7 & 8, 2014
Rare Books, Maps, Prints, Autographs and More      Distinguished Dealers Times:       March 7       5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.       $14 valid both Friday & Saturday.       March 8       10:00 am to 5:00 pm       $8 for Saturday only Location:       Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge       1900 North Fort Myer Drive       Arlington, VA 22209.       Phone: 703/807-2000

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2014 Exhibitors

  • Agriculture
    • Stroud Booksellers      21
  • Aeronautics
    • The        Bookseller, Inc.  27
  • Africa
    • Craftsbury        Antiquarian Books  61
  • Americana
    • 18th-19th        Century
      • Austin’s Antiquarian Books 16
      • Bickerstaff’s         Books, Maps &c.  48   
      • Colebrook         Book Barn 58
    • African        American
    • Civil        War
      • Bookworm         & Silverfish  9
      • Broadfoot's 65
      • Colebrook Book Barn 58
      • Jerry N. Showalter, Bookseller  63
    • General
      • John         Bale Book Company 12
      • Bauman         Rare Books 64
      • The         Bookseller, Inc.  27
      • Bartleby’s         Books 50b
      • Bookworm         & Silverfish 9
      • Broadfoot's 65
      • Colebrook         Book Barn 58
      • Glover's Bookery
      • Heartwood         Books 23
      • Sonny Ideker, Bookseller
      • Peter Luke Old & Rare Books 59
      • Read'Em Again Books
    • West         Side Book Shop 42a
    • Yankee         Peddler Bookshop 47
  • History
    • 19th Century Bookshop 8
  • Regional
    • The         Bookseller, Inc.  27
    • L         & T Respess Books 50a
    • The         Family Album, ABAA  2
    • Jerry         N. Showalter, Bookseller  63
    • Stroud         Booksellers  21
    • Ten         Pound Island Book Co. 44a
  • Appraisals
    • Bookworm        & Silverfish  9
    • The Family Album ABAA 2
  • Architecture
    • Johnnycake Books ABAA 18
    • Liber Antiquus 31
    • Roy Young Bookseller 69
  • Art/Artists
    • And        Books Too  45b
    • Brian Cassidy, Bookseller 10
    • The Family Album 2
    • Gilann        Books  49
    • Le Bookiniste
    • Joe        Maynard 60
    • Old Editions Book Shop 38
    • Lee        and Mike Temares 6
  • Asia & Pacific
    • Craftsbury Antiquarian Books 61
  • Atlases
    • Liber Antiquus 31
    • Rare Book and Print Gallery 68
  • Autographs
    • Edward        N. Bomsey Autographs, Inc.  36
    • Gilann        Books    49
  • Bibliography            
    • Rosenlund Rare Books
  • Bookbinding
    • Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding Lobby
    • Craftsbury Antiquarian Books 61
  • Books on Books
    • First        Folio    25
    • West        Side Book Shop     42a
  • Children’s & Fine       Illustrated
    • Johnnycake Books, ABAA 18
    • Gilann        Books  49
    • Boomerang Books
    • Joe        Maynard 60  
    • Kevin        T. Ransom, Bookseller  66
    • Read'Em Again Books
    • Tamerlane        Books  5
    • Lee        and Mike Temares 6
    • Yankee        Peddler Bookshop 47
  • Cooking
    • Lizzyyoung Bookseller
  • Economics
    • Bartleby’s        Books 50b
  • Ephemera
    • Bickerstaff's Books, Maps 48
    • The Family Album 2
    • Willis        Monie  4
    • Read'Em Again Books
    • L        & T Respess Books 50a
    • Tamerlane        Books 5
  • Fiction
    • War & Nautical
      • Sandra        & John Berryman Fine Books 19
  • Fine and Unusual Books
    • And        Books Too 45b
    • Brian Cassidy 10
    • The        Kelmscott Bookshop  24
    • Liber Antiquus 31
    • MOSHER        BOOKS  14
  • Fine Binding
    • Austin’s Antiquarian Books 16
    • John Bale Book Company 12
    • G. Davis Rare Books 37
    • The Family Album, ABAA 2
    • First Folio 25
    • First Place Books 44b
    • Gibson        Galleries 43
    • MOSHER        BOOKS  14
  • First Editions
    • Antique
      • Colebrook         Book Barn 58
      • 19th Century Bookshop 8
    • West         Side Book Shop 42a
    • Wilfrid         M. de Freitas—Bookseller 3
  • Literary
    • Alexander         Rare Books  53
    • Joe         Maynard 60
    • Oliver         & Co. Books  55
  • Modern        First Editions
    • Alexander Rare Books 53
    • Jeff Berman Books  31
    • Brian Cassidy, Bookseller 10
    • First Place Books
    • Glover's Bookery
    • Boomerang Books
    • Jeffrey         H. Marks Rare Books 26b
    • Kevin         T. Ransom, Bookseller 66
  • Folk
    • Brian Cassidy, Bookseller 10
  • General Antiquarian
    • The        Bookseller, Inc.  27
    • Colebrook        Book Barn 58
    • Heartwood        Books  23
    • Wm. Hutchison 29
    • Le Bookiniste
    • Johnnycake Books 18
    • Liber Antiquus 33
    • Joe        Maynard 60
    • Willis        Monie  4
    • MOSHER        BOOKS  14
    • Old        Editions, ABAA  38
    • Kevin        T. Ransom, Bookseller  66
    • Second        Story Books 17a
    • Tamerlane        Books  5
    • Isaiah        Thomas Books & Prints 15
    • Roy Young Bookseller 69
  • History
    • 19th        Century
      • Bookworm         & Silverfish  9
    • General
      • Bauman         Rare Books 64
      • Edward         N. Bomsey Autographs, Inc. 36
    • Gilann         Books  49
    • Sonny Ideker, Bookseller
    • 19th Century Bookshop 8
    • MOSHER         BOOKS  14
  • Ideas
    • 19th Century Bookshop 8
  • Natural        History
    • Craftsbury Antiquarian Books 61
    • Wilfrid         M. deFreitas – Bookseller  3
    • Philadelphia Print Shop
  • Maritime
    • Ten         Pound Island Book Co. 44a
  • Illustrated Plate
    • Rosenlund Rare Books
    • White Fox Rare Books 67
  • Japan
    • Four Winds 52
  • Law
    • Bartleby’s        Books 50b
    • Edward        N. Bomsey Autographs, Inc. 36
  • Literature
    • T.A.        Borden Books 51
    • Bartleby’s        Books 50b
    • Bauman        Rare Books 64
    • Jeff Bergman Books 31
    • Gilann Books 49
    • Heartwood        Books  23
    • The        Kelmscott Bookshop  24
    • Liber Antiquus 33
    • MOSHER        BOOKS  14
    • D. T. Pendleton Fine & Antiquarian Books 20
    • Peter L. Stern & Co., Inc. 26a
    • White Fox Rare Books & Antiques  67
  • Maps
    • Bickerstaff’s        Books, Maps & c. 48
    • The Map Quest 62
    • Philadelphia        Print Shop, Ltd. 32
    • Rare Book and Print Gallery 68
  • Manuscripts
    • The Family Album 2
    • Lame Duck Books 7
    • L & T Respess Books 50a
  • Medicine
    • D. T. Pendleton Fine & Antiquarian Books 20
  • Military
    • Craftsbury Antiquarian Books 61
  • Miniature
    • Isaiah        Thomas Books & Prints 15
  • Nautical
    • First Place Books  44b
    • Ten        Pound Island Book Co. 44a
  • Original Art
    • The Family Album 2
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
    • The Family Album   2
    • Joe        Maynard   60
    • D. T. Pendleton Fine & Antiquarian Books 20
  • Poetry
    • Alexander        Rare Books  53
    • Brian Cassidy, Bookseller 10
    • Jett        W. Whitehead Rare Books (ABAA)  42b
  • Prints
    • And        Books Too  45b
    • Johnnycake Books, ABAA 18
    • Philadelphia        Print Shop, Ltd. 32
    • Tamerlane        Books 5
    • Yankee        Peddler Bookshop 47
  • Private Presses
    • First        Folio 25
    • The        Kelmscott Bookshop  24
    • MOSHER        BOOKS    14
  • Rare
    • Bikcerstaff's Books, Maps & C. 48
    • Colebrook        Book Barn   58
    • G. Davis Rare Books 37
    • First Folio 25
    • Gibson        Galleries     43
    • The        Kelmscott Bookshop  24
    • MOSHER        BOOKS    14
    • L & T Respess Books 50a
    • Ten        Pound Island Book Co.   44a
  • Religion
    • Early        Bibles
      • The         Family Album, ABAA  2
      • Liber Antiquus 31
    • Judaica
      • Liber Antiquus 31
      • Lee         and Mike Temares 6
    • Theology        & Church History
      • Bickerstaff's Books, Maps & C.  48
      • Liber Antiquus 31
      • Stroud         Booksellers  21
  • Repair/Restoration
    • Cat        Tail Run Hand Bookbinding Lobby
    • The        Family Album, ABAA  2
    • The Kelmscott Bookshop 24
  • Science
    • Liber Antiquus 31
  • Signed Books
    • Alexander Rare Books 53
    • Jeff Bergman Books 31
    • Le Bookiniste
    • Boomerang Books
    • Raptis Rare Books
    • Peter        L. Stern & Co., Inc. 26a
    • Isaiah        Thomas Books & Prints  15
    • Jett        W. Whitehead Rare Books (ABAA) 42b
  • Sport Books
    • Austin’s Antiquarian Books 16
    • Wilfrid M. deFreitas—Bookseller 3
    • L & T Respess Books 50a
  • Trade        & Technical
    • Bookworm         & Silverfish  9
  • Travel & Voyage
    • Sandra        & John Berryman Fine Books 19
    • Craftsbury Antiquarian Books 61
    • Sonny Ideker, Bookseller
    • West        Side Book Shop 42a

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Theodore Low De Vinne - American printer and author on typography

Source: Wikipedia

Theodore Low De Vinne (December 25, 1828 – February 16, 1914) was an American printer and scholarly author on typography. De Vinne did much for the improvement of American printing.

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Life and career

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Theodore L. De Vinne was born at Stamford, Connecticut, and educated in the common schools of the various towns where his father had pastorates. He developed the ability to be a printer while employed in a shop at Fishkill, New York. He worked at the Newburgh, New York Gazette, then moved to New York City. In 1849 he entered the establishment of Francis Hart, and worked there until 1883 when the business was renamed Theodore L. Devinne & Co. In 1886 he moved to a model plant designed by him on Lafayette Place, which still stands.

De Vinne either commissioned Linn Boyd Benton, or co-designed in conjunction with Benton, the hugely popular Century Roman typeface for use by The Century Magazine, which his firm printed. For use at his own press, he also commissioned Linotype to produce De Vinne, an updated Elzevir (or French Oldstyle) type, and the Bruce Typefoundry to produce Renner, a Venetian face. However, his biographer Irene Tichenor notes that De Vinne's private correspondence shows he was not closely involved with the design of "De Vinne" and he ultimately was somewhat unhappy with the type.

He was one of nine men who founded the Grolier Club, and he was printer to the Club for the first two decades of its existence. He was also a founder and the first president of the United Typothetae of America, a predecessor of the Printing Industries of America.

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Works

A prolific author in the periodical printing trade press, De Vinne was also responsible for a number of books on the history and practice of printing. For years his publications ranked at the head of American presswork. His works include:

  • The Invention of Printing (1876)
    • An investigation of the claims of Laurens Coster to be inventor of printing with movable type, and awarding the honor to Gutenberg
  • Historic Printing Types (1886)
  • Plain Printing Types (1900) (The Practice of Typography, v.1)
  • Correct Composition (1901) (The Practice of Typography, v. 2)
  • A Treatise on Title-Pages (1902) (The Practice of Typography, v.3)
    • A revision of his earlier Title Pages as seen by a Printer, published by the Grolier Club in 1901
  • Modern Methods of Book Composition (1904) (The Practice of Typography, v.4)
  • Notable Printers of Italy during the Fifteenth Century (1910)

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References

  1. Jump up ^ Irene Tichenor, No Craft without Art: The Life of Theodore Low De Vinne. (Boston: David R. Godine, 2002), pp. 106-109. ISBN 1567922864
  2. Jump up ^ Mac MacGrew, "American Metal Typefaces of the Twentieth Century, Oak Knoll Books, New Castle Delaware, 1993. ISBN 0938768344
  3. Jump up ^ Tichenor, No Craft without Art, pp. 125-126.

Rare Book Week Comes to New York City in April

Source:  Luxury Travel Magazine

Rare Book Week Rare Book Week Comes to New York City in April

Antiquarian book dealers, collectors, and the intellectually curious will gather in New York City for Rare Book Week, April 1-8, 2014.

Coordinated by Fine Books & Collections magazine, Rare Book Week is the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the world.

Rare Book Week is headlined by the 54th annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair, which runs April 3-6, but is preceded by several rare book and manuscript auctions, including those at Christie's, Heritage Auctions, Sotheby's, and Swann Galleries. Several more auction houses, including Bonham's and Doyle New York, will offer collections to round out Rare Book Week after the fair weekend. Rare Book Week also includes The Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair, known as the "Shadow Show,"  and The Professional Autograph Dealer Association (PADA) Show.

Exhibits on tap during Rare Book Week include part two of the New-York Historical Society's highly successful tripartite series, Audubon's Aviary: The Complete Flock. The Rose Seder Book will be on display at the New York Public Library, and Columbia University is hosting a major exhibition focusing on the career of twentieth-century maverick publisher Samuel Roth. There will also be a total of four new exhibits at the Morgan Library & Museum including one on The Little Prince entitled The Little Prince: A New York Story. Additionally, The Grolier Club is hosting an exhibit on one of its founders, Theodore Low De Vinne, who was one of the most important American figures of the nineteenth-century book world.

According to publisher of Fine Books & Collections Webb Howell, Rare Book Week is, indeed, rare. "Throughout the year, there are book fairs, auctions, and events around the globe," says Howell. "But you simply cannot find anywhere in the world the confluence of antiquarian book events found in New York during the first week of April."

Fine Books & Collections will coordinate guest participation in events, including ensuring that people know when and where events are happening.

More information about Rare Book Week can be found on the web at www.rarebookweek.org, where events will be continuously updated and added.

For more information about Fine Books & Collections visit www.finebooksmagazine.com

Stephen Hawking, Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan discuss the Big Bang theory, God, our existence

Stephen Hawking, Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan discuss the Big Bang theory, God, our existence

Some of these men are no longer with us. This remarkable interview was accomplished with video connections from several sites.

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Beinecke to Unveil Trio of Exhibits

Source: Yale Daily News
By Helen Rouner
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This season, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is closing the gap between the visual arts and the art of literature.

On Saturday, Beinecke will unveil a trio of new exhibits that will draw on materials from across its collections. According to Beinecke’s Research Librarian Elizabeth Frengel, who curated one of the exhibits, the three shows were conceived and planned independently but are connected by an emphasis on visual elements atypical of library exhibitions. “Under the Covers: A Visual History of Decorated Endpapers” features the designs on the inside covers and front or back pages of books dating from the 15th century to the present day. A second exhibit entitled “Blue: Color and Concept” explores uses of the color blue in arts and letters of the 19th and 20th centuries. A third exhibit, “Stephen Tennant: Work in Progress,” highlights the archives of upper-class 20th century bon vivant Stephen Tennant, who maintained close friendships with authors such as Willa Cather.

Curator of Poetry at the Collection of American Literature Nancy Kuhl, who curated “Blue,” called the connection between the three exhibits a “happy coincidence of visual cohesion.”

“All three new shows are about classic items you find in a library, but they display a new type of research interest,” Young said. “It’s about the visual impact of materials you find in a library.”

Perhaps the most explicitly visual exhibit in the trio is “Under the Covers,” which displays the art of endpapers, some made of marbled paper or silk and some printed with maps, photos or illustrations. Endpapers originally were used to protect illuminations at the beginnings of books from volumes’ rough, rudimentary covers, Frengel said, explaining that over time, endpapers began to serve decorative — and even narrative — functions. Good children’s books in particular, Frengel noted, use endpapers to invite readers into the tale: the map of the “100 Aker Wood” that appears in the endpapers of “Winnie the Pooh” inspired the exhibit, she explained.

Kuhl’s “Blue” includes both literary and historical artifacts pertaining to the word “blue” in its physical and metaphorical senses. The exhibit features blueprints of Coney Island, movie posters from Warhol’s “Blue Movie,” in which “blue” refers to pornographic materials, and Langston Hughes’s blue cigarette case. The exhibit draws heavily from the Beinecke’s extensive holdings dating from the Harlem Renaissance, a movement that prominently featured blues music.

Kuhl said that the variety of media “Blue” uses allows the exhibit to explore poetic connections and visual rhymes.

“The exhibit shows a different way to approach research — different ways to ask questions and to reveal associations,” she said. “The exhibit has something in common with the way poems work.”

Young said that “Stephen Tennant” takes a similarly evocative approach to research. Rather than displaying an end product or answering a question, Young explained, his exhibit is meant to provoke interest in Tennant’s archives — to suggest that there might be something in the materials displayed worth researching.

Tennant, an illustrator and an unsuccessful novelist, was never especially famous in his own right, Young said, explaining that Tennant’s archives are significant largely because of the letters from and portraits of famous literary figures they contain.

Celebrating books as visual objects is a concept that libraries have begun to embrace only in the last 10 or 11 years, Young explained.

“Libraries have started to pay attention to objects as objects and not just as conveyors of history or stories,” Young said. “We’re not afraid anymore to show books just for their beauty.”

Frengel said that it is unusual for the Beinecke to debut three individual exhibits simultaneously, adding that the library typically displays one main exhibit at a time, sometimes with one or two peripheral shows. She attributed this year’s trio in part to the great deal of work involved in launching the major exhibitions that celebrated the Beinecke’s 50th anniversary last year. Dividing the library’s display space among three independent exhibitions, each with its own curator, allows for “a breather,” Young said.

The opening reception for the exhibitions will take place on Friday, Jan. 24.