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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2:30 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

Book Nook: Very Bad Men, by Harry Dolan

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.

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Books
1:25 pm
Mon July 4, 2011

Book Nook: The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, by Paul Dickson

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).

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1:27 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Book Nook: The Poacher's Son and Trespasser, by Paul Doiron

Paul Doiron has published the first two books in a murder mystery series that features the Maine game warden Mike Bowditch. The first book, "The Poacher's Son" (Minotaur Books) recently came out in paperback. The second novel, "Trespasser" (Minotaur Books) was released in hardcover last week.

While it isn't crucial to read these books in chronological order it might be more fun. I read them out of order so I was excited about going back and reading "The Poacher's Son" so that I could gain some added insights into
the latest book.

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PoliticsOhio
1:35 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

Book Nook: The Tiger’s Wife, by Téa Obreht

In this archived edition of the Best of the Book Nook we reprise an interview that was recorded earlier this year. At the time that this recording was made Téa Obreht was preparing for her first book tour. Her debut novel, "The Tiger's Wife" was one of the most anticipated novels of 2011. The book wasn't out yet and this young writer was eager to embark on this grand adventure.

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1:27 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Book Nook: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

Tom Franklin has written a novel about long-held secrets, mysterious disappearances, race relations, and a complicated friendship.

The friends are Larry Ott and Silas Jones. Larry is white. Silas is black. They live in the fictional town of Chabot in southeastern Mississippi. Larry is a mechanic. Silas is the town cop. Their friendship began when they were kids. But it ended because something bad happened.

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