Books & Beats

Book reviews and concert previews brought to you by Betsy Burton and Dan Nailen. Saturdays at 7:35 a.m. and 9:35 a.m. during Weekend Edition.

Arts & Entertainment
2:33 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Books & Beats: July 19, 2014

The Polyphonic Spree will play live at In the Venue in Salt Lake City on July 25, 2014.
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Experience the sound and atmosphere created by all 22 members of The Polyphonic Spree and take a hilarious satirical romp through the pretentious world of literary prizes with “Lost for Words” by Edward St. Aubyn (Farrar Straus and Giroux) – Dan Nailen and Betsy Burton bring you the details.

Betsy Burton is the co-owner of The King’s English Bookshop and Dan Nailen blogs about music and culture at SLCene.com.

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Arts & Entertainment
10:57 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Books & Beats: July 12, 2014

The Hold Steady will play at Urban Lounge on July 14, 2014.
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Dan Nailen previews the upcoming show by indie rockers The Hold Steady, and Betsy Burton reviews "Flying Shoes" by Lisa Howorth (Bloomsbury) - an honest, vivid and memorable novel...perfect reading for a lazy summer day.

Betsy Burton is the co-owner of The King’s English Bookshop and Dan Nailen blogs about music and culture at SLCene.com.

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Arts & Entertainment
10:03 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Books & Beats: July 5, 2014

Lauryn Hill launches the 2014 Twilight Concert Series on Thursday, July 10th with a live show at Pioneer Park.
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This weekend's edition of Books & Beats features a preview of the launch of the 2014 Twilight Concert Series featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill. And just in time for Independence Day, dispel the myths you learned in grade school about the Statue of Liberty with a review of "Liberty's Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty" (Atlantic Monthly Press) by Elizabeth Mitchell.

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Arts & Entertainment
9:37 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Books & Beats: June 28, 2014

Fitz and the Tantrums will play live at Red Butte Garden on June 30, 2014.
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This weekend on Books & Beats, Dan Nailen previews the upcoming concert by neo soul / indie poppers Fitz and the Tantrums and Betsy Burton reviews Emma Healey’s first novel, “Elizabeth is Missing” (Harper) – where we meet Maud, an octogenarian whose mind and memory may be slipping, but nonetheless - she continues her search for her dear friend Elizabeth who seems to have disappeared.

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Arts & Entertainment
9:02 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Books & Beats: June 21, 2014

Merle Haggard will play live at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City on June 24, 2014.
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Dan Nailen previews the upcoming concert by country music legend and "Poet of the Common Man" Merle Haggard, and Betsy Burton reviews the new novel by Laura McBride, "We are Called to Rise" (Simon & Schuster) - a story set in Las Vegas that  explores the realities of war and poverty, saints and sinners, and those so down and out that churches and casinos are hardly a factor.

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Arts & Entertainment
9:07 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Books & Beats: June 14, 2014

World Party plays The State Room in Salt Lake City on June 18, 2014.
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Dan Nailen previews World Party's first concert in Salt Lake City, along with shows by Fishbone and Jason Isbell. And Betsy Burton reviews "Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: a Nisei Youth Behind a World War II Fence" (University of Utah Press) by Lily Nakai Havey, about her coming of age in two Japanese American internment camps.

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Arts & Entertainment
8:48 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Books & Beats: June 7, 2014

Janelle Monáe plays Red Butte Garden on June 8, 2014.
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Betsy Burton explores our capacity to love as well as hate in Anthony Doerr's novel "All the Light We Cannot See" (Scribner) and Dan Nailen previews the Janelle Monáe concert at Red Butte Garden, along with upcoming shows by The Mountain Goats and Jessica Lea Mayfield.

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Arts & Entertainment
10:01 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Books & Beats: May 31, 2014

This weekend's edition of Books & Beats takes us to a surreal and sophisticated Parisian nightclub circa 1932 as Betsy Burton reviews "Lovers at the Chameleon Club: Paris, 1932" by Francine Prose (Harper Publishing). And Dan Nailen previews the launch of Red Butte Garden's 2014 Outdoor Concert Series featuring legendary singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris.

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Entertainment
1:22 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Books & Beats: May 24, 2014

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This weekend on Books & Beats, Betsy Burton reviews Peter Heller’s “The Painter” and Dan Nailen previews the upcoming tUnE-yArDs show.

Peter Heller, author of the critically acclaimed novel “The Dog Stars” and longtime contributor to NPR, will read from his new novel “The Painter” at The King’s English in Salt Lake City on May 29, 2014 at 7 p.m.

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Entertainment
11:09 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Books & Beats: May 17, 2014

Band of Skulls
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Books & Beats is a new short feature highlighting book reviews and concert previews. This weekend, Betsy Burton reviews Roz Chast’s graphic memoir “Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?” and Dan Nailen previews the upcoming show by Band of Skulls. Books & Beats airs Saturdays at 7:35 a.m. and 9:35 a.m. during Weekend Edition on 90.1.

Betsy Burton is the co-owner of The King’s English Bookshop and Dan Nailen blogs about music and culture at SLCene.com.

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