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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2:33 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Book Nook: Flashover, by Victoria Carr

Vicki Carr has been investigating suspicious fires in the Dayton area for many years. Her thorough understanding of arson informs her debut novel "Flashover."

As the story begins a building is burning and this blaze has many telltale indications that it was intentionally set. Fire investigator Carly Crinshaw is on the case and we quickly find ourselves engulfed in her investigation.

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10:43 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Book Nook: My 1980's and Other Essays, by Wayne Koestenbaum

Wayne Koestenbaum writes widely and he thinks deeply. This latest collection of essays takes readers to some unexpected places. A random sampling of some of his essay titles from this collection might give you a sense of some of the areas that he explores here: "Heidegger's Mistress," "Susan Sontag, Cosmophage," "Privacy in the Films of Lana Turner," "Cary Grant Nude," and "Debbie Harry at the Supermarket."

Koestenbaum's insights can range from scintillating to provocative. Fortunately he's also quite entertaining. Please listen to this interview and see you if you don't agree.

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2:10 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Book Nook: Wild Once and Captured, by Jeff Epton

Jeff Epton recently released "Wild Once and Captured," a collection of his poetry. Epton's poems radiate a golden glow. Each one is like a highly polished bit of amber. These poems capture and preserve his musings on beauty, determination, and struggle.

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12:41 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Book Nook: "Light of the World" by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster)

Almost twenty years ago I had a life changing experience. An author walked in to the studio for an interview. I had loved his book and was looking forward to meeting him. When he passed through the airlock the first thing I noticed about him was a twinkle in his eye.

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3:40 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Book Nook: Thieves of Book Row, by Travis McDade

Nearly a century ago, during The Great Depression, there was rash of rare book thefts from libraries in New England and across the Midwest. Book thieves were stealing obscure treasures and then selling them to unscrupulous book dealers. The book sellers would try to conceal the provenance of these rarities by removing identifying markings so that they could then resell them to collectors. Some of these merchants operated in Manhattan in an area where there was a heavy concentration of rare book dealers. This area was known as Book Row.

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