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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: July 16, 2016

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Grimes's Twilight Concert performance is on August 25th.

The author Kent Haruf died in 2014.  All of his novels take place in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado.  On Books & Beats this week, Betsy Burton looks back at one of his greatest books—Plainsong (Vintage).  She says it’s “a plainly told tale that packs such punch with its simple syntax and laconic dialogue that it will shimmer in your memory forever.”

Then Austen Diamond’s looking forward to this summer’s Twilight Concert Series in Salt Lake City’s downtown Pioneer Park.

Australian electronic musician Chet Faker kicks things off this year on July 21st.

Big Grams is a collaboration between indie rockers Phantogram and the rapper Big Boi.  They’ll play on July 28th.

Claire Boucher is the woman behind the multimedia project called Grimes.  Her Twilight Concert date is August 25th.

Music heard on this Books & Beats:

Intro: “The Dead Vineyard” by Signal Hill

1: “No Diggity” by Chet Faker

2: “Fell in the Sun” by Big Grams

3: “Flesh without Blood” by Grimes

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