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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: January 16, 2016

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Half Moon Run play at Urban Lounge on Friday, January 22.

In Your Heart is a muscle the Size of a Fist (Lee Boudreau Books), the debut novel by Sunil Yapa, Victor, who’s been roaming the globe since he was sixteen and hasn’t seen his parents in years, is living under an overpass in Seattle in 1999.  From there, he sees an historic protest.  Betsy Burton says Yapa’s book “brims with compassion for the worst of its characters and also asks the unanswerable questions at the heart of our existence, then and now.”

Then, Austen Diamond is seeing big things for the band Half Moon Run, especially since the release of their second album Sun Leads Me On.  They’ll play at Urban Lounge on Friday, January 22nd.

Blues innovator Bobby Rush has been playing for decades, and he’s still as good as ever.  He’ll play at The State Room on Wednesday, January 20th.

Finally, Def Squad member Keith Murray brings his solo rap to the Urban Lounge stage on Thursday, January 21st.

Music heard on this Books & Beats:

Intro: “Another Murder in New Orleans” by Dr. John, Bobby Rush, and BlindDog Smokin’

1: “Turn Your Love” by Half Moon Run

2: “Chicken Heads” by Bobby Rush

3: “The Most Beautifullest Thing in this World” by Keith Murray  

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