Vick Mickunas

Host - Book Nook

Vick Mickunas created the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1200 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.

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3:58 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Book Nook: Visitation Street, by Ivy Pochoda

Two fifteen year-old girls are feeling bored. It is a summer night in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, which is right on the waterfront. These two girls, June and Val, are close friends but their friendship appears to be fraying. One of them is more precocious than the other. That night they decide to set out on an adventure, just the two of them. Things get out of hand and something tragic occurs.

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5:13 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Book Nook: Fourth of July Creek, by Smith Henderson

After much deliberation I have decided to declare 2014 to be The Year of the Debut Novel. Every year I compile a list of my favorite fiction and non-fiction titles to share with readers of the Cox Ohio newspapers. I was going through my fiction stack and realized that half the books I'm considering to be my favorites from the past year are debuts. Now Smith Henderson's superb first novel "Fourth of July Creek" has landed upon that select stack. Wow, what a book!

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1:29 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

Book Nook: The Nixon Defense - What He Knew and When He Knew It, by John W. Dean

Richard M. Nixon fascinates us. He rose to the pinnacle of political power in 1968 when he was elected President of the United States of America by a narrow margin in a closely contested race in which he defeated Hubert Humphrey. In 1972 he won by a landslide in defeating George McGovern. He didn't get much of a chance to enjoy that resounding reelection victory. The event that ultimately led to Nixon's downfall had already taken place, a break-in at the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. 

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1:07 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Book Nook: Factory Man, by Beth Macy

Beth Macy is a journalist. She has a nose for the big story. She found one a few years ago. This story was so big that she decided to write a book about it. Here's my review which ran in the Cox Ohio newspapers:

One of this summer’s hottest books is by a writer originally from Urbana. “Factory Man” by Beth Macy came out on July 15 — it is already a New York Times best-seller. Bear in mind that this is her first book.

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12:11 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Book Nook: Wayfaring Stranger, by James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke has racked up more appearances on this program that any other author. There are some authors who have been on numerous times. Even so, it isn't even close. I hate to miss any opportunity to interview one of our greatest living novelists. Fortunately Burke keeps putting out books.

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