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.
A tense Western featuring a story marked by a prison riot - Betsy Burton reviews Black River by S.M. Hulse (Houghton Mifflin). And Austen Diamond previews the upcoming show by songwriter Mark Kozelek, formerly of Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon.