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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: September 12, 2015

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The Mynabirds play at Kilby Court on September 14th

In Did You Ever Have a Family (Gallery/Scout Press) by Bill Clegg, a family is devastated by a house fire.  June, the only survivor, grieves on the road.  Betsy Burton says Clegg “has a raw talent for shining light on the workings of people’s hearts and heads.”

The Mynabirds are coming to town in a few days.  Austen Diamond says that front woman Laura Berhenn can craft a good love song without resorting to schmaltzy sentimentality.  You can see their show at Kilby Court on Monday, September 14th.

Iconic guitarist and British singer-songwriter Mark Knopfler is the next act up at Red Butte Garden.  He’ll take the stage on Tuesday, September 15th.

And the very next night at Red Butte, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals play together for the first time since 2008.  It's this season's last concert at Red Butte Garden.  

Music heard on this Books & Beats:

1: "Wild Fire" by The Mynabirds

2: "What it is" by Mark Knopfler

3: "Steal My Kisses" by Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

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