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.


1:30 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Book Nook: The Devil All The Time, by Donald Ray Pollock

Donald Ray Pollock and Vick Mickunas in Xenia
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Last year I reviewed Donald Ray Pollock's debut novel for the Washington Independent Review of Books. Here's an excerpt from what I wrote:

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1:23 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Book Nook: The Elements of Peace - How Nonviolence Works, by J. Frederick Arment

The 1995 Dayton Peace Accords ended that terrible war in Bosnia.  Ambassador Richard Holbrooke was the guiding force behind those successful negotiations which took place on the grounds of Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

In the first chapter of his latest book, "The Elements of Peace - How Nonviolence Works," noted peace activist J. Frederick Arment demonstrates how the art of diplomacy as it unfolded at WPAFB is just one of thirty methods he enumerates  that can help us to achieve peace or to at least maintain it.

12:39 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Book Nook: A World On Fire - Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War, by Amanda Foreman

As we mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War many new books are being published about it.  In "A World On Fire - Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War," Amanda Foreman gives readers a rather different perspective on this monumental conflict. Foreman examines the war through the eyes of the British.

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11:46 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Book Nook: Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, by Alexandra Fuller

Alexandra Fuller grew up in Africa. Her parents still live there.  "Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness" is her second memoir about her family. Fuller conducted extensive interviews with her parents. This is really their story.

We learn how her mother and father met. We follow their journey through Kenya, Rhodesia, and Zambia. They endured hardships. Some of Fuller's siblings died. There were wars and dislocations. At one point Fuller's mother nearly lost her mind.

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2:02 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Book Nook: Redshirts, by John Scalzi

Do you remember the original episodes of the TV show Star Trek? Whenever Captain Kirk would put together an away team to go down to the surface of the planet he would assemble the usual cast of star crew members; Spock,
Bones, Chekhov, etc. And usually there would be one more member of the away team, an unknown, some hapless fellow wearing a distinctive red shirt.

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