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.
The last time Jan Burke appeared on this program she came out to Yellow Springs to talk about her novel "Bones." The year was 2000 and "Bones" went on to win the prestigious Edgar Allen Poe Award that year for Best Novel.
Donald Ray Pollock spent 32 years working in the Mead paper mill at Chillicothe, Ohio. His father retired from that same paper mill after working there for 40+ years. Pollock figured he would do the same. Then he had another idea.
The author Harry Dolan returns with his second crime fiction novel featuring David Loogan, the editor of a noirish mystery magazine called "Gray Streets." Dolan currently resides in Ann Arbor and he has set this series in that rather unusual locale. As he notes in this interview, Ann Arbor's murder rate is nearly non-existent.
Paul Dickson has written a number of books about baseball. Weighing in at approximately four pounds and almost 1000 pages in length, the revised and updated Dickson Baseball Dictionary has just been re-issued in paperback.
In this interview Dickson explains why baseball continually generates a seemingly endless variety of imaginative words, descriptive phrases, and unique verbal expressions. Words like: "bopper" (a home run hitter), "foozler" (a lucky base hit), and "screwjack" (a player who is notoriously wacky).