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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.

Books & Beats: May 23, 2015

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The Decemberists play at Red Butte Garden on Tuesday, May 26.

Jim Shepard’s new novel The Book of Aron(Knopf) takes us back to the Warsaw Ghetto, where Jews are being rounded up by the invading Nazis.  We follow young Aron, as he and other children scavenge and barter for food to give their families.  In her review, Betsy Burton says that “this novel, which is by turns incandescent and chilling, funny, morally repellant, and compassionate, is a book you’ll never forget.”

For Austen Diamond, nothing says it’s springtime in Salt Lake City better than the start of the Red Butte Garden concert series.  Upcoming shows include The Decemberists, who play on Tuesday, May 26.

On Wednesday, May 27, Chromeo takes the stage with ODESZA.

Then it’s local dub-step violinist Lindsey Stirling on Friday, May 29.

And Ryan Adams takes the stage on Tuesday, June 2.

**Please note: at time of posting, each of these shows were listed as sold out.**

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