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.
Whenever I start reading a book, I begin it with the hope that it will be so much fun to read that I won’t want to put it down. I never want certain books to end.
Books like “A Man Without Breath,” the latest installment in Philip Kerr’s noir series that features the long suffering homicide detective Bernie Gunther. Bernie is German. He was solving homicide cases in Berlin when Hitler took power in the early 1930's.
Frank Bill writes tough, gritty fiction that is informed by his experiences living in southern Indiana. Economic hard times have taken their toll on that region. As the manufacturing base has declined some folks have out of desperation resorted to committing crimes. Bill's first book was "Crimes in Southern Indiana," a collection of short stories that showed that this author is a rising force. The man can really write.
Lisa Scottoline published her first novel twenty years ago. Scottoline's early books were mostly legal thrillers. Her background as an attorney informs some of her complex story lines. Ever prolific, Scottoline is currently putting out 2 to 3 books a year; legal thrillers, crime novels, and a series of non-fiction titles that are collaborations with her daughter.
"On the Ropes" is a graphic novel that is the long awaited sequel to a book called "Kings in Disguise." Both books were written by James Vance and illustrated by Dan E. Burr. In this interview with James Vance we find out how technological changes have vastly altered the collaborative process that took place for "On the Ropes" when compared with how that original book came together. The internet has really streamlined their process.
One of the joys I derive from reading books is the sense of euphoria I experience when I realize a book I'm reading is something quite special. We book reviewers dig and dig through the stacks of books. There are some very good ones. And now and then there's a book like Ben Miller's memoir about growing up during the 1970's in the Mississippi River town of Davenport, Iowa. I felt like I had stumbled upon an old trunk up in the attic. When I opened it up I was delighted by the gleaming treasure inside.