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Composer Terry Riley turns 80 Wednesday. He's been called the father of minimalism for his groundbreaking 1964 work In C. But his influence has spread far beyond, sparking the imaginations of many artists, from cutting-edge electronic musicians to rock gods.

The 2015 Summer Book Series wraps up next Friday -- have you read any of the books yet?

You'll find links to the previous author interviews at the bottom of this article. Before the series ends, we wanted to give you a chance to hear Florencia Mallon read an excerpt from her novel, Beyond the Ties of Blood.

The story is about love, loss and the search for the "disappeared" in Chile during, and after, the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

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In 1965, the Saturday Review published a landmark study called "The All-White World of Children's Books." Author Nancy Larrick said 6.3 million non-white children were "learning to read and understand the American way of life in books which either omit them entirely or scarcely mention them."

This week, the 2015 Summer Book Series features the newly reissued Love-In-Idleness: The Poetry of Roberto Zingarello.

Zingarello is a poet looking for truth, love and revenge in Fascist Italy.

His creator is John Bradley, a poet and faculty member at Northern Illinois University. Bradley will discuss these poems, and his fascination with Italy during the dictatorship of Benito Mussolini. That's Friday, June 19, during Morning Edition.

"The harpsichord is an easy target, isn't it?" Those are the fighting words of Mahan Esfahani, a good-humored harpsichordist who is a proud defender of his instrument.

Internationally renowned musicians bring their brand of music to DeKalb

Jun 12, 2015

A taste of Latin America is coming to northern Illinois.  This weekend two artists will perform a collection of works for guitar and flute.  Fareed Haque and Marco Granados are warming up at WNIJ's Studio A. Haque is the guitarist and he's a music professor at Northern Illinois University.  Granados is a New Yorker from Venezuela and he plays flute.

"This is from an Argentinian composer, Pujol and it's called 'Suite Buenos Aires'...the feel for each movement is very different, it's very rhythmic," Granados said.

In 2000, dozens of U.S. Navy veterans arrived on the Greek island of Crete to restore a former American warship and sail it home. All were volunteers. Several served during World War II.

Their average age: 72.

One of the younger vets (at 61) was Robert Jornlin, who recounts the story in Bringing Back a Hero, a Summer Book Series selection for 2015.

If you see any blockbuster films this summer, chances are you'll hear Michael Giacchino's music.

Artistic revolutions are rarely born easy. They complained about cubism, they grumbled about the "talkies" — and boy, did they bellyache over Wagner's trailblazing operas, especially Tristan und Isolde, which debuted 150 years ago Wednesday.

"Quirky" is a descriptor that seems to have stuck to Danish composer Carl Nielsen, born 150 years ago on June 9, 1865.

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