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.



11:18 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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3:15 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Book Nook: The Whore of Akron - One Man's Search for the Soul of LeBron James, by Scott Raab

Scott Raab is accustomed to having his heart broken by the failures of his beloved Cleveland sports teams. The Browns. The Indians. The Cavaliers.  Cleveland fans are used to having their hopes crushed.

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12:55 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Book Nook: Catherine the Great - Portrait of a Woman, by Robert K. Massie Part 2

In part two of our conversation with Robert K. Massie we discuss some of the fascinating events which occurred during the 40+ years in which Catherine the Great ruled Russia.

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11:50 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Book Nook: Catherine the Great - Portrait of a Woman, by Robert K. Massie Part 1

Catherine the Great was the legendary last empress of Russia. Nobody imagined that she could rise from up from such humble origins as a princess from an obscure German principality to become the ruler of the largest country in the world of that time. Catherine's reign during the late 18th Century provides readers with a fascinating story.

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