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.



11:42 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Book Nook: Lost in Shangri-La, by Mitchell Zuckoff

Mitchell Zuckoff was conducting research for a book project when he stumbled upon a compelling headline from a Chicago newspaper. The dateline was 1945. Zuckoff was so astonished by this newspaper story that he read
that day that he dropped everything and began working on what became another book instead; "Lost in Shangri-La: a True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II."

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11:06 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Book Nook: The Lord God Bird, by Tom Gallant

Tom Gallant was inspired to write his novel "The Lord God Bird" after he heard about the reported sighting of an Ivory Billed Woodpecker several years ago in an Arkansas forest. Since this majestic species of woodpecker has been presumed to be extinct this news thrilled many bird lovers.  Unfortunately, it probably wasn't an Ivory Bill and the birds are likely to be gone forever now.

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8:03 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Book Nook: The Master Blaster, by P.F. Kluge

In P. F. Kluge's latest novel, "The Master Blaster," the author returns to familiar terrain, the Pacific island of Saipan. Kluge has written about Saipan before and he knows the island well. In this interview he recalls his first visit there as a member of the Peace Corps, and his many subsequent trips there.

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12:20 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Book Nook: Ashes to Dust, by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Yrsa Sigurdardottir's latest crime fiction novel "Ashes to Dust" features one of the more unusual murder investigations you'll find. A volcanic eruption in the 1970's covered a community beneath volcanic ash. Forty years later the houses are finally being unearthed. The skeletal remains of some unknown individuals are discovered in the basement of one of the houses.

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12:36 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Book Nook: It's Not About the Pom-Poms, by Laura Vikmanis (with Amy Sohn)

Laura Vikmanis grew up in Dayton, Ohio. When she was in college she met a man who professed to love her. They married and had two children.  Meanwhile their marriage was falling apart. Her husband verbally abused
her. By the time Vikmanis got out of the marriage her self esteem had been damaged.

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