Books & Beats

Book reviews and concert previews brought to you by Betsy Burton, co-owner of The King's English Bookshop, and Austen Diamond, producer of 13% Salt. Books & Beats airs Saturdays at 7:35 a.m. and 9:35 a.m. during NPR's Weekend Edition.

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10:52 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Books & Beats: September 20, 2014

Neon Trees will play live at The X96 Toyota Big Ass Show on September 27, 2014.
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This week's edition of Books & Beats includes a preview of the four-piece New Wave pop powerhouse - homegrown in Provo - Neon Trees. And a review of Margaret Atwood’s collection of short stories, “Stone Mattress: 9 Tales” (Nan A. Talese). If you’re not a fan of short stories, you might want to give this collection a try - Atwood ties the stories together so that the book reads as a semi-detached novella.

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12:40 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Books & Beats: September 13, 2014

Tycho plays live on September 17, 2014 at The Depot in Salt Lake City.
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Austen Diamond takes you on an ambient, electronic trip with Tycho. And Betsy Burton reviews Emily St. John Mandel's novel "Station Eleven," a suspenseful, poetic vision of life after civilization’s fall to a pandemic (Knopf).

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4:06 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Books & Beats: September 6, 2014

Austen Diamond talks about Jai Uttal’s upcoming visit to Salt Lake City – he’s a world musician and a master of Kirtan, an ancient form of meditative chanting. And we’ll meet Fiona Maye, a High Court judge in London who’s confronted by her husband about his desire to have an affair – Betsy Burton brings us a review of Ian McEwan’s latest, “The Children Act" (publish date: September 9, 2014 / Nan A. Talese).

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11:51 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Books & Beats: August 30, 2014

New Books and Beats contributor Austen Diamond previews The Moth & the Flame’s upcoming show in their hometown of Provo, and Betsy Burton (co-owner of The King's English Bookshop) reviews “Fives and Twenty-Fives” (Bloomsbury USA) by Michael Pitre - a former Marine who recalls scenes of the Iraq war in his first novel.

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12:19 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Books & Beats: August 23, 2014

The Head and the Heart will play live at Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City as part of the Twilight Concert Series (August 28, 2014).
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Betsy Burton reviews "Painted Horses" by Malcolm Brooks (Grove Press). Brooks will be at The King's English Bookshop on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7 p.m. to discuss his book. And we wish a fond farewell to Dan Nailen, who's moving to greener pastures in the Pacific Northwest. Dan leaves us with a preview of the upcoming show by The Head & the Heart.

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1:05 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Books & Beats: August 16, 2014

Dave and Phil Alvin play live at The State Room in Salt Lake City on Friday, August 22, 2014.
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Dan Nailen previews the upcoming show by former Blasters members and brothers Dave and Phil Alvin, and Betsy Burton reviews “A Colder War” by Charles Cumming – a novel of the new cold war – of Russia and Eastern Europe, of spies and moles and honey traps, of complex relationships not just between East and West but among allies on both sides.

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10:06 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Books & Beats: August 9, 2014

Jenny Lewis plays live at The Depot in Salt Lake City on August 12, 2014.
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Dan Nailen previews the Jenny Lewis show – she’s a former member of Rilo Kiley and was featured recently on Morning Edition. And Betsy Burton reviews “The Great Glass Sea” (Grove Press) by Josh Weil…a story about twin brothers who live in the near future where capitalism reigns, so much so that a system of mirrors – a great glass sea – has been invented to transmit light so that night and productivity never fall.

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12:16 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Books & Beats: August 2, 2014

Chris Isaak plays live at Red Butte Garden on Tuesday, August 5.
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Dan Nailen previews the upcoming show by rockabilly hepcat Chris Isaak, and Betsy Burton reviews Ben Macintyre’s “A Spy Among Friends,” (Crown) which tells the story of British agent Kim Philby, the master spy who double-crossed the double crossers during World War II.

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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11:39 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Books & Beats: July 26, 2014

Wu Tang Clan play live at Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City on July 31, 2014 as part of the Twilight Concert Series.
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Dan Nailen previews upcoming shows by Motley Crue and The Wu Tang Clan, and Betsy Burton reviews “The Good Suicides” (Crown) by Antonio Hill, where you’ll meet Inspector Salgado of Barcelona, who’s investigating the suicides of several employees from a local cosmetics company upon their return from a motivational corporate retreat.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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