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.



Arts & Culture
3:30 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Book Nook: By the Iowa Sea, by Joe Blair

Joe Blair has written numerous books but he had never actually gotten one published-until now. In this interview Blair talks about all the writing he has been doing. He tries to write every day. He sits down in a coffee shop with a friend and they write for a set amount of time. When their time is up they read aloud what they have written.

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11:28 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Book Nook: An American Spy, by Olen Steinhauer

With his Tourist Trilogy of espionage novels Olen Steinhauer has elevated the spy genre to levels that have been rarely seen since the demise of the Soviet Union. When the Iron Curtain came down it also shut the door temporarily on the spy vs. spy intrigues of the Cold War.

Fortunately for fans of this genre time passes. Olen Steinhauer has studied well. In his latest, "An American Spy," we find that the top-secret American spy cell within the CIA, the so-called Department of Tourism, has been virtually obliterated through the machinations of a Chinese spy master.

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Arts & Culture
11:33 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Book Nook: The Man From Primrose Lane, by James Renner

James Renner is an investigative journalist from the Cleveland area. He specializes in investigating unsolved murders. A few years ago Renner came upon a case that he describes as an "unsolved suicide."  That situation provided a seed that germinated into Renner's first novel, "The Man From Primrose Lane."

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1:11 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Book Nook: Burn Down the Ground, Kambri Crews

Kambri Crews grew up in a rather unusual family. Both of her parents are deaf. Kambri and her brother were granted extraordinary freedoms. Their parents couldn't hear what the kids were up to and Kambri and her brother could hear perfectly well. So they got into lots of mischief.

When Kambri was a young girl the family moved out to the middle of nowhere, a densely wooded Texas acreage. They lived in primitive conditions. Her parents were often on the verge of breaking up.

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5:23 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Book Nook: Townie, by Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus III grew up in poverty in a decaying New England mill town.  His parents were divorced when Dubus was young. His family struggled to get by. In "Townie," the author's first memoir, we learn how he was bullied until he decided to fight back. Dubus became a fighter before he ever thought of becoming a writer.

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