Vick Mickunas

Host - Book Nook

Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them.  Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.

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Beth Macy was scrolling through her Facebook feed when she saw the photo. It was a picture that had been taken nearly a century ago, a photograph of two brothers. Macy recognized them. They were the Muse Brothers, George and Willie. Over a century ago the brothers had been taken away from their home and family and then were made to perform as freaks in a circus sideshow.
Macy had first become aware of the bizarre tale of the Muses when she had been a newspaper reporter in Roanoke...

On occasion I like to ask authors for tips on books that they have enjoyed recently. The other day I asked Lee Child for some reading suggestions. He said he always can count on John Sandford and Michael Connelly to provide him with entertaining reads. Then he suggested that I should read "The Drifter," a debut novel by Nicholas Petrie. I just finished reading it and I enjoyed it. Petrie's protagonist is a bit like Lee Child's Jack Reacher.
I have interviewed John Sandford twice during...


"Night School" is the latest Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child. Child is one of the hottest authors on the planet. This book went straight to #1 in the United Kingdom and the USA. Child's many fans know what they will be getting in every book; non-stop, seat of our pants, relentless thrills and entertainment.

This latest novel is actually a prequel. It is a massive flashback to Reacher's last days as an elite military policeman. It is set in the mid 1990's and Reacher is...


Tiffany McDaniel has spent years honing her writing craft. She has had to focus with steely determination upon that most difficult of objectives; to see her work being published. Her novel "The Summer That Melted Everything" was recently issued by Saint Martin's Press.

This is a work of literary fiction. That is a term that is frequently abused but not in this case. What makes McDaniel's novel so striking is her originality-the language she employs is so vivid that it...

71 years ago the United States of America made the top secret decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan. The first bomb exploded above the Japanese city of Hiroshima. A short time later a second bomb was detonated over the city of Nagasaki. World War Two ended soon thereafter as Japan surrendered.
The 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki passed in August, 2015. At that time I spoke to Susan Southard about her book "Nagasaki - Life After Nuclear War." Southard conducted...


In this Book Nook edition we present two different authors presenting two very different books. Call it a Book Nook double header.

Tana French returned to the program to discuss her latest psychological thriller featuring the Dublin Murder Squad. French is considered to be the First Lady of Irish Crime and this series has become immensely popular. Each book features different investigators and in "The Trespasser" we find a pair of detectives who have been called in to...

"Children of the New World" by Alexander Weinstein is a collection of short stories that will take readers into some incredibly bizarre places. These futuristic tales will make you ponder the price that we pay for all this technology. One comes away wondering: are we the masters of this technology? Or, are we actually the slaves of it?
These alternative worlds that Weinstein imagines can be extremely shocking but fortunately he leavens each tale with just enough humor that as we are...

Peter James returned to the program to talk about his latest crime novel in his series featuring the English cop Roy Grace. In this latest offering, "Love Me Dead," Roy is trying to track down a woman who has been marrying rich men and then killing them. This Black Widow character has been trolling the internet searching for her victims. She's so busy that as the book opens she is preparing to kill one husband while she is already weaving her web to trap the next one. She also has a thing for...

When Harry Haskell was a boy he had heard about the letters. Harry's grandfather was also named Harry Haskell and he had received the letters from the woman who would become his second wife. She was Katharine Wright-they were love letters she had written to Harry Haskell's grandfather. Harry's sisters told him he probably would not be interested in what they considered to be mushy letters. He didn't read them until he was an adult.
Harry's grandfather died before he was born. When he...

Every week you can hear his dulcet tones on your radios. His name is Bill Felker and he's the man behind "Poor Will's Almanack" on WYSO. Bill returned to the Book Nook to talk about his latest edition of this print version of his work. In our interview Bill recalled how the idea for his original columns in the Yellow Springs News came about and he details the various features of his 2017 Almanack.

Each month's entry closes with a short story that was contributed by a reader. Bill...

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