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Last Updated Jul 30, 2016 04:24PM

As a literary landscape, Utah often earns attention for our natural environment, rather than our distinctive characters. But three new novels, all set in Utah, draw upon our state’s peculiar history while unfolding fresh and interesting stories. These three books, …

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  • In this July 25, 2016 photo, actor Matt Damon poses for a portrait in Los Angeles to promote his latest film, ’Jason Bourne.’ (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) Matt Damon’s company is taking steps to address diversity crisis in Hollywood
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  • (Tribune file photo)   Rei Hotoda will lead most of the Utah Symphony’s community concerts this summer. A full plate for Utah Symphony’s Hotoda at Deer Valley this week
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  • FILE - This June 8, 2012 file photo shows soul singer Sharon Jones of Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings performing during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Jones is the focus of a new documentary, ’Miss Sharon Jones!’ that captures the stark difference between life on and off stage for the dynamic soul singer most often compared to James Brown. In 2013, Jones was diagnosed with stage-two pancreatic cancer. The film documents her transformation into cancer patient and, ultimately, back into a full-throated force. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File) The show goes on for cancer-stricken Sharon Jones
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