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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1:50 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Book Nook: The Human Division, by John Scalzi

John Scalzi is one of our bright young talents in science fiction today.  Scalzi is prolific and hard working. He just published his latest novel, "The Human Division," the latest installment in his "Old Man's War" universe of books. This book is classic Scalzi; witty, entertaining, and wildly imaginative.

In this wide ranging interview the author talks about this series, his influences and inspirations. And he describes the amusing chain of events that transplanted this city boy from southern California into a tiny community in rural SW Ohio.

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11:59 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Book Nook: Scrappers - Dayton, Ohio and America Turn to Scrap, by Steve Bennish

Steve Bennish is a reporter for the Dayton Daily News. Bennish has written extensively about the deterioration of the manufacturing base in Dayton and Montgomery County. Hundreds of manufacturers have closed or moved away. Thousands of jobs have been lost. That's why they call this region the Rust Belt.

Bennish observed another symptom of our industrial malaise; scrappers, people who are surviving by salvaging scrap metal and selling it for a few cents on the pound. Many of these scrappers once had decent jobs. Now they are struggling just to get by.

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12:56 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Book Nook: More Scenes from the Rural Life, by Verlyn Klinkenborg

Verlyn Klinkenborg is the author of a column called "The Rural Life," essays which appear on an irregular basis in the editorial pages of the New York Times. These pithy pieces are often inspired by his observations about life on the rural acreage that he owns somewhere in New York State.  The author can be a bit mysterious when it comes to describing the precise location of his small farm. It appears that he enjoys keeping his readers guessing in regard to that particular mystery.

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10:49 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Book Nook: The Civil War in 50 Objects, by Harold Holzer and the New-York Historical Society

150 years ago the Civil War was raging. During the first week of July, 1863 the battle of Gettysburg (Pennsylvania) marked a crucial turning point in the conflict.

Harold Holzer has made a career out of the study of President Lincoln and the Civil War. Holzer has written more than 40 books. I doubt that there is another author who has written more books about Lincoln than Holzer. He is the leading authority on our greatest president.

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12:24 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Book Nook: The Red Book, by Deborah Copaken Kogan

Deborah Copaken Kogan's most recent novel, "The Red Book," was recently issued in paperback.

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