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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Arts & Culture
1:24 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Book Nook: River of Smoke, by Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh recently published "River of Smoke," the second book in a planned trilogy. In the first novel, "Sea of Poppies," Ghosh transported readers back to 18th Century India. He introduced a number of characters who we meet again in the second book.

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1:21 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Book Nook: The End of Wasp Season, by Denise Mina

Denise Mina is on the leading edge (along with Ian Rankin) of the wave of Scottish crime novelists known as "Tartan Noir." Rankin hails from Edinburgh. Mina is from Glasgow. This is not a unified movement. They are
quite different writers.

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4:25 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Book Nook: Dead Man's Grip, by Peter James

Peter James has sold over 10 million books. Yet he's relatively unknown in the U.S. Expect that to change. James is one superbly gifted crime novelist.

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1:57 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Book Nook: What It Means to Be a Democrat, by George McGovern

George McGovern sees that America is at a crossroads. He has some strong feelings about the current state of our political system. In "What It Means to Be a Democrat" he expresses what he feels must happen within our two party system today.

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11:20 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Book Nook: Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes, by William Kennedy

A new book by William Kennedy is an event. It has been almost a decade since his last one. The latest, "Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes," is the eighth book in his now legendary Albany Cycle.

This one features a rare foray outside of New York State. His protagonist, Daniel Quinn is introduced in a brief prologue set in 1930's Albany. Bing Crosby makes an appearance. Kennedy explains in this interview how he had always wanted to include a particular Crosby song in a novel.

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