Book Nook

Friday, 1:30-2pm and Sunday, 11-11:30am

Vick Mickunas created the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1300 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities.

He has interviewed historians (Studs Terkel, David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin), politicians (Mario Cuomo, George McGovern, John Kasich), movie stars (Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Peter Ustinov), astronauts (John Glenn, Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan), diplomats (Richard Holbrooke, Jose Ramos Horta), humorists (Garrison Keillor, Dave Barry, Sarah Vowell), and music legends from bands like The Animals, The Doors, and The Rolling Stones.

Vick has interviewed some of the leading writers of our time, people like Amy Tan, Denise Mina, Pat Conroy, James Lee Burke, Donald Ray Pollock, Ian Rankin, Andre Dubus III,  Joe Hill, Kate Atkinson, and Gary Shteyngart.

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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11:58 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Book Nook: All There Is - Love Stories from Storycorps, by Dave Isay

Over the past eight years Storycorps has recorded over 40,000 stories inside their recording booths. These recordings preserve memories and evoke emotions. One recurrent theme is the subject of love. Love that was found. Love that was lost. Precious love.

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10:04 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Book Nook: Lord of Misrule, by Jaimy Gordon (Part 2 of 2)

Jaimy Gordon's novel "Lord of Misrule" won the National Book Award in 2010. Gordon is a 1966 graduate of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. In this second segment of our two part interview Gordon reads from a
novel she published in 1990 that was inspired by her time in Yellow Springs. She also talks about the Antioch College professors who inspired her. And she offers listeners a glimpse of some of the themes from a novel which she is currently writing.

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11:49 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Book Nook: Lord of Misrule, by Jaimy Gordon (Part 1 of 2)

Jaimy Gordon's novel "Lord of Misrule" is set in 1970 at a small horse racing track in West Virginia. Gordon once worked at such a place-her book immerses readers in a lost world of language and dialect as we experience a series of claiming races and the  dramatic intrigues that are unfolding.  She has created a cast of unusual and highly memorable characters here.

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11:18 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Book Nook: Hope: a Tragedy, by Shalom Auslander

Anne Frank was the most famous, the most tragic, and the most iconic victim of the Holocaust. She would have remained merely one of the millions of little known victims - then someone found her "Diary" and her story became well known. That book has sold over 30 million copies so far.

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11:58 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Book Nook: The House That War Minister Built, by Andrew Imbrie Dayton and Elahe Talieh Dayton

In their novel "The House That War Minister Built" Andrew Imbrie Dayton and Elahe Talieh Dayton have written a fictional history of a family which unfolds with all the drama of great cinema. Over the course of a century we observe as this family experiences the joys and the tragedies of life.

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