Book Nook

Saturday, 7-8am and Sunday, 10:30-11am

Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities.

He has interviewed historians (Studs Terkel, David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Gary Wills), politicians (Mario Cuomo, George McGovern, John Kasich, Donald Trump), pundits (Karl Rove, Ann Coulter, Ralph Nader, Christopher Hitchens), movie stars (Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Peter Ustinov), romance writers (Nora Roberts, Janet Dailey), astronauts (John Glenn, Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan), diplomats (Richard Holbrooke, Jose Ramos Horta), humorists (Bill Bryson, Garrison Keillor, Dave Barry, Sarah Vowell), food writers (Amanda Hesser, Michael Ruhlman, Judith Jones), poets (Galway Kinnell, Frances Mayes, Billy Collins), crime writers (P.D.James, James Lee Burke, Robert Crais, Denise Mina, Ian Rankin, Philip Kerr), and music legends from bands like The Animals, Joy Division, The Doors, and The Rolling Stones.

Vick has interviewed some of the leading writers of our time, people like Pat Conroy, Aleksandar Hemon, Anne Lamott, Donald Ray Pollock, Tom Robbins, Kate Atkinson, Gary Shteyngart, and Amy Tan.

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.

The Book Nook on WYSO is made possible by six local library systems in southwest Ohio:  the Greene County Public LibraryWashington-Centerville Public Library, MidPointe Library SystemClark County Public Library, Dayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

Gary Shteyngart is one of the funniest writers around. His new novel takes a hilarious and frightening look at our near future as avid consumers living in the greatest debtor nation on the planet. Gary came out to WYSO eight years ago to talk about his first book. Then he blogged about his visit. Here's what he wrote back then:

Andrew J. Carlson and his father Dennis G. Carlson have made a deep connection with the Ethiopian village of Kossoye. That bond has endured for 47 years. The Carlsons travel to Ethiopia frequently. This book is the product of their experiences in this particular African town. The Carlsons have examined numerous aspects of life in this community. They have studied the economic and cultural forces that have shaped the village and the challenges that villagers must face now and in the future.

James Lee Burke has spent the past forty years writing exquisitely crafted works of literary fiction. Burke is best known for his series of crime novels featuring the Louisiana lawman Dave Robicheaux. In his latest, "The Glass Rainbow," the 18th book in this series, Dave is plunged into a murder mystery that is based upon some actual unsolved crimes. Dave and his best buddy, the private investigator Clete Purcell, become entangled in the dark schemes of a serial killer. In "The Glass Rainbow" readers can savor the work of an author who it truly on top of his game.

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