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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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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1:44 pm
Fri October 15, 2010

Book Nook: Tall Tales and Short Ones, Bill Hooper

Bill Hooper being interviewed

Bill Hooper came to Yellow Springs to attend Antioch College. He liked it here. So he decided to stay on for a while.

Over the course of his long career as a building contractor Bill was responsible for the construction of over 300 homes, many in the Yellow Springs area. As a long-time member of the Antioch Board of Trustees he has overseen the construction of buildings for Antioch University here in Yellow Springs and across the country.

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1:25 pm
Fri October 1, 2010

Book Nook: Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shteyngart

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:

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1:30 pm
Fri September 24, 2010

Book Nook: Kossoye: A Village Life in Ethiopia, Andrew J. Carlson and Dennis G. Carlson

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.

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11:30 am
Fri September 17, 2010

Book Nook: The Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke

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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