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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 14, 2016

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Gingger Shankar plays at the Living Traditions Fesitival on Saturday, May 21st.

In Everyone Brave is Forgiven(Simon & Schuster), the new novel by Chris Cleave, Mary North wants to help fight World War II.  She winds up in an abandoned school, teaching the few children in London who haven’t been evacuated.  Betsy Burton says, “The writing is superb, the action nonstop, but it’s the people, their tangled relationships, the way they try and fail and succeed, try again and fail again, that involves us so totally[.]”

Then, this year’s Living Traditions Festival takes place May 20th, 21st, and 22nd.  Multi-instrumentalist Gingger Shankar will present “Nari,” a story about a mother and daughter.  It’s a mix of film, vocals, Indian percussion, and Shankar’s double-violin.  Gingger Shankar performs at the Living Traditions Festival on Saturday, May 21st.  

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