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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Over the years I have interviewed a number of romance writers. Nora Roberts has been on the show (I loved her!) and we even had the late Janet Dailey on the program (you might recall that she had famously been caught plagiarizing Nora Roberts).

I do love a good romance. Catherine Haustein has written a great one. Here's my review which ran in the Cox Ohio newspapers:

Steve Bennish is a great photographer. During his third visit to the program we talked about his third published collection of black and white photographs. His subjects are the residents of Dayton, Ohio. I like the challenges presented in trying to describe images, in making them come to life for you through your radios. When we are doing this well we are creating indelible images in your minds. Sounds becoming visions. Words making pictures. Steve Bennish knows his way around a camera. Click on this interview and see if anything flashes for you.

On August 9, 1974 Richard M. Nixon resigned from the office of President of the United States. It was that, or be impeached. Nixon flew off to California in disgrace.

I had been fascinated with Dick Nixon long before that. Perhaps it was his notorious Checkers speech during the 1950’s that first got my attention? There was just something about him. In 1960 when he ran against John F. Kennedy and lost we had the black and white images of Dick Nixon debating JFK on television. Nixon had a five o’clock shadow and he seemed to be perspiring profusely. Meanwhile Kennedy was calm.

Bill Coperthwaite was a most unusual fellow. This beautiful book is a tribute to this very unique and special individual. Listen to the interview and you'll hear what I'm talking about.

David McCullough's latest book about those flying brothers from Dayton, Ohio is one of the best selling non-fiction titles of 2015. So how was I able to get an interview with him? Do you think it was easy? It was not. Fortunately, I had several things going in my favor for this one. First off I contacted his publicist months before the book's publication and asked about an interview. I explained that I have interviewed David before for his biography of John Adams. His publicist mentioned that David would be coming to Dayton for an event. These were positive developments.

Norah Vincent is one of my favorite writers. Her new novel merits the widest readership possible. She has done something so very impressive in the writing of it. Here's my review which ran in the Cox Ohio newspapers:

After the Japanese launched their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor the morale of most Americans was quite low. The United States had finally been drawn into another war and in Washington, D.C. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was searching for something that could encourage Americans. FDR was looking for a way to strike back at the Japanese. James M. Scott describes the plans that were made and the astonishing result of that planning in his new work of history "Target Tokyo - Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor."

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave a speech in which he enumerated the four freedoms that every American should be able to recognize and realize. Do you know what those four freedoms were? Of course it has been many years since FDR delivered that speech, you cannot be expected to know what they were, right? Can you name even one of those four freedoms that FDR cited? You cannot!? (sigh)

Jerry Bechard is the pie guy. That's my nickname for him, at least. Bechard is the owner of the Norske Nook restaurants in Wisconsin. The Norske Nook is famous for their pies. This cookbook is filled with recipes for these magnificent desserts. In this interview I asked Jerry how many pies they bake in an average day? You will be amazed by his response. Bear in mind that every pie is made by hand. And after all these years and all those pies Jerry still has a sweet tooth. Don't read this book on an empty stomach.

Olen Steinhauer is my favorite writer of espionage novels. There, I said it. His "Tourist" series featuring Milo, his reluctant spy has catapulted the author to the front of the queue. He has no peers in my view. Sorry, Daniel Silva.