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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In 1999 John Glenn published a book called "John Glenn: a Memoir." Glenn never intended to write down his life story but he changed his mind after deciding that some tape recordings he made for his grandchildren might merit a larger audience. Glenn and his wife Annie made the recordings so that their grandkids could know more about their lives.

Karl Rove was the man who engineered the election victories of George W. Bush. It was Rove who worked behind the scenes to get his candidate elected Governor of Texas and then to two terms as the President of the United States. This man lives and breathes politics.

The Rolling Stones are a legendary rock and roll band. After 50 years they are still touring, making albums, and playing their many hit songs. A few years ago the Stones guitarist Keith Richards published a well received memoir. There was one former Rolling Stone who didn't get mentioned very much in Keith's book, a guy named Brian Jones.

Rita Gabis had fond memories of her Lithuanian grandfather. She knew that he had come to America as an adult and that he had lived in Lithuania during World War II. After he died she began to want to know more about his life. In particular, she was interested in what he had done during the war. Her grandfather had been a policeman and he had maintained his police duties during the German occupation of Lithuania.

In 1996 Robert Crais embarked on his first national tour for his novel "Sunset Express." He came through Dayton and stopped by the WYSO studios for a live interview on the Book Nook. That was his 5th novel. He was really just getting started as a novelist following a successful stint as a Hollywood screen writer for programs like "LA Law" and "Hill Street Blues."

Has our society got you down? Is our culture depressing you? Have you been unlucky in love? Are you tired of feeling like somebody's punching bag? I have just the book for you. The eminently quotable Cheryl Strayed has put together a self-help book called "Brave Enough." You might know Strayed as the writer who brought us the mega-memoir "Wild." She has a terse, pithy, and succulent mode of expression.

Perhaps you spurn the "self-help" category? I know that I do. Don't ignore this book. This is an inspiring collection of Cheryl's most resonant quotes. Here's an example:

If you enjoy reading from the genre readers call cozy mysteries then I would suggest that you check out the wonderful series featuring the Victorian detective Charles Lenox. Charles Finch has crafted a delightful group of page turners that are perfect for those cold winter nights with a cat in the lap and a hot cup of tea close at hand. A steaming fire in the grate, if you have one, could make it almost heavenly.

Harold Holzer has dedicated much of his life to the study of one of our greatest presidents. Abraham Lincoln. Holzer has written many books about Lincoln and his recent book "Lincoln and the Power of the Press - the War for Public Opinion" was the one that finally delivered the ultimate honor for a Lincoln scholar. Holzer won the Lincoln Prize for it. 

Holzer writes exceptional books and he's an absolute delight to interview. I'm sure you'll understand what I mean as you listen to this one.

Crime novels are my mind candy. They provide lovely venues for escapism. When one is immersed in a good page turning mystery with lots of twists and surprises the worries of the world can just melt away for a bit. They offer a pleasant distraction.

And there are so many varieties to choose from. Many crime novels feature villains who are sociopaths. There are crime novels where the protagonists are criminals. There are thrillers with cops and detectives and private eyes. There are legal dramas with attorneys and prosecutors. One never knows what to expect next.

Kathi Reed makes her literary debut with this crime novel set in Cincinnati. Reed's sleuth, Annie Fillmore, is a mortgage loan officer at a big bank. She also has an uncanny talent for showing up right when murder victims are being discovered. In this case the dead body belongs  to her boss. Gosh, who  would  want to kill the most reviled man in the building? Lots of suspects. Very few clues. The cops want Annie to keep her nose out of this case.  But Annie just cannot stay away.

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