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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11:49 am
Sat November 23, 2013

Book Nook: A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps, by Chris West

Chris West has been a stamp collector for many years. His collection includes some of the first postage stamps that were issued in Britain. West has written "A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps." He selected particular stamps that seemed to speak to him about the history of the particular time periods in when each one was printed.

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10:23 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Book Nook: Wordbirds - an Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century, by Liesl Schillinger

As we surge headlong through this crazy culture do you ever feel the need for some new words to describe what you are seeing and experiencing? Fortunately for us Liesl Schillinger has stepped forward to plug some of these linguistic gaps.

In her book "Wordbirds" Schillinger coins new expressions to relieve some of these vocabulary shortfalls. Do you hate television or at least pretend to loathe it? According to Schillinger you have a case of "telaversion."

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4:53 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Book Nook: One Summer - America, 1927, by Bill Bryson

When Bill Bryson was mulling over his next project he was thinking about writing a dual biography of Charles Lindbergh and Babe Ruth. Lindbergh flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean to Paris during the summer of 1927. Nobody had ever done that before. He became an instant celebrity.

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1:12 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Book Nook: "JFK, Earl Long, and Blaze Starr: Washington, DC" by Ken Bode

Credit Cover Art by David Battle

This essay appears in The Antioch Review's Fall 2013 edition Cartography 101 with a Twist.

Here's an excerpt:

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1:52 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Book Nook: A Good Man, by Larry Baker

The central character in Larry Baker's novel is Harry Ducharme. Harry was once at the top of the radio world but his fortunes have taken a real hit. Harry washes up in Saint Augustine, Florida. He's living in his car. He drinks. A lot.

Then Harry hears this voice coming out of the radio. Her name is Nora James. She hosts a cooking show on WWHD, the tiny little radio station in town. Harry feels compelled to meet Nora. He goes to WWHD and asks for a job.

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