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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: March 12, 2016

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The Porland Cello Project perform at The State Room on Saturday, March 19th.

In Innocents and Others (Scribner) by Dana Spiotta, a young woman pushes her documentary filmmaking as far as she can.  Betsy Burton says, “In one sense ‘Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman,’ Innocents and Others is a discerning evocation of the reality of being young and female—one all women should read.”

Then, Austen Diamond’s lined up a few choice concerts—all at The State Room, all with talented string musicians.

Darlingside performs on Wednesday, March 16th.

Catch Roosevelt Collier on Thursday, March 17th.

And The Portland Cello Project takes the stage on Saturday, March 19th.

Music heard on this Books & Beats:

1: “The God of Loss” by Darlingside

2: Roosevelt Collier performing in 2009

3: “Hey Ya!,” written by André 3000, performed by The Portland Cello Project

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