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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10:22 am
Mon November 22, 2010

Book Nook: Poor Will's Almanack for 2011, Bill Felker

Most WYSO listeners are probably familiar with the work of Bill Felker. Bill is the creator of the WYSO program "Poor Will's Almanack."

Bill has been observing the natural world for decades. His observations, reflections, meditations, and anecdotes appear regularly in a number of publications including the Yellow Springs News.

Every year he publishes a new edition of "Poor Will's Almanack." His 2011 edition was just published. In this Book Nook interview Bill explains his process for devising these annual almanacks.

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10:45 am
Mon November 15, 2010

Book Nook: The Phone Book-the Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But No One Reads, Ammon

Ammon Shea returns to the Book Nook for a third interview. On his initial visit Shea discussed "Reading the OED," a memoir recounting his marvelous dictionary marathon. Fueled by his love of language and massive volumes of espresso, Shea read the entire unabridged Oxford English Dictionary over the course of one year.

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12:37 pm
Mon November 8, 2010

Book Nook: You Had Me At Woof - How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness, Julie Klam

Julie Klam felt lost. She wasn't living the life that she wanted to live. Her job wasn't very exciting. The men she was dating were not that interesting. She felt at loose ends. Then one night she had the dream. It was a dream about Otto, a Boston terrier.

Klam's dream was the impetus for a search that led Klam to her dreamed of dog. They found one another. Klam's connection with Otto opened her heart to the potential of a happier existence.

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1:15 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

Book Nook: The Blessings of the Animals, Katrina Kittle

Katrina Kittle's fourth novel, "The Blessings of the Animals" is the story of a marriage. As the book opens Cami Anderson's marriage is falling apart. Anderson, a veterinarian, seeks refuge in her work. She discovers that her animal companions can be more dependable and affectionate than some of her human companions have been.

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12:45 pm
Fri October 22, 2010

Book Nook: The Book of Night Women, Marlon James

Marlon James will be in Dayton on Sunday, November 7 to receive the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction. He won the award for his novel "The Book of Night Women." Set on a Jamaican sugar plantation during the late 18th century, this book is the story of a fictional slave revolt that was organized by a group of women, the "night women" of the title.

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