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.

Genre: 

Pages

Books
3:59 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Book Nook: Naked Wine- Letting Grapes Do What Comes Naturally by Alice Feiring

Do you know that winemakers can add up to 200 additives to wines that they are making? Many winemakers manipulate the wine making process through the addition of sulfites, sugar, oak chips, and even oxygen.

Wine writer Alice Feiring believes that these additives can ruin what should be a natural product made from fermented grapes and little else.  Her opinions have made her into a bit of a renegade within the wine industry.

Books
2:50 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Book Nook: Crimes in Southern Indiana by Frank Bill

Frank Bill lives in Corydon, Indiana. He works at a paint factory. He has observed as the economy has soured in his part of rural Indiana. The good factory jobs are vanishing. Meth labs flourish. Crime is soaring.

Bill keeps a notebook handy and he scribbles down story ideas inspired by the devastation he sees around him. His first book, "Crimes in Southern Indiana" is dark and violent and nearly impossible to put down.

In this interview Bill talks about his inspirations-the rejections-and how he finally broke through and got his stuff published.

 

Books
12:33 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Book Nook: Spycatcher by Matthew Dunn

Matthew Dunn knows quite a lot about the spy business. Dunn experienced the world of espionage first hand as an agent for MI6, Great Britain's top secret intelligence agency.

Dunn retired a decade ago to start a family. He has just published his first spy novel in a forthcoming series featuring the MI6 super spy Will Cochrane.

In this interview Dunn discusses his espionage background  and how he conceived of this series and his lethal protagonist.

Books
1:47 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Book Nook: Great House by Nicole Krauss

Nicole Krauss has established herself as one of our leading American novelists with books like "The History of Love" and "Man Walks into a Room." She has further solidified that status with the amazing "Great House" which is just coming out in paperback. It is the story of a desk and a lot more.

Books
12:09 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Book Nook: Stealing Mona Lisa by Carson Morton

On August 22, 1911 the Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. It took a couple of years to recover the painting. It had been taken by an Italian nationalist who hoped to repatriate the painting back to Italy.

Read more

Pages