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Andrew Goodman was a young man from New York who went to Mississippi during the summer of 1964 to participate in the civil rights struggles that were taking place then in the South. Shortly after he arrived he vanished. Andrew and two other civil rights workers had been taken by members of the Ku Klux Klan and brutally murdered. Their bodies were found some time later.

Craig Johnson's series of crime novels featuring the Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire just keeps rolling along. His character has also become the inspiration for the popular TV series  "Longmire." In this interview the author explains how he came up with the idea for the first book and what has transpired since then. 

Roz Chast has experienced something that many Americans have experienced; caring for aging parents as they lived through their final days on earth. But Chast is different from the majority of Americans in that she is an incredibly gifted long-time staff cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine. So when Chast decided to write a memoir about the things she recalled about her parents and their final days she was able to depict those moments in graphic novel form.

One of the great joys of reading fiction is when one encounters that rare book that grabs you by the imagination and doesn't let go. "Young God" by Katherine Faw Morris is that kind of story. Her protagonist is a 13 year-old girl named Nikki. As the story begins Nikki has just gotten out of a group home and she's hoping to reunite with her father Coy Hawkins. This tale unfolds in the hill country of North Carolina in a place that is reminiscent of the area where the author grew up.

Philip Kerr's latest novel is quite a departure from his long-running series that features the Berlin detective Bernie Gunther. 'Prayer" is a stand-alone novel about an FBI agent in Houston, Texas who is trying to solve some mysterious murders.

Gil Martins is an agent working for the FBI's Domestic Terrorism Task Force. He's going through a spiritual crisis, his marriage is falling apart, and he's becoming romantically involved with someone who he is trying to protect from this mysterious killer (or killers).

Steve Bennish is a reporter for the Dayton Daily News. When Bennish is out on the streets of the city he always brings along his trusty camera and he takes many striking photographs. His new book contains numerous classic black and white photos of everyday street life in Dayton.

In this interview we tried to give listeners an opportunity to imagine what these photos look like.  Then Bennish describes the various situations which produced them.

Swoosie Kurtz has had a long career as an actor in movies, on television and on stage. Her book "Part Swan, Part Goose - An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work and Family" is not your typical Hollywood memoir, however.

Paul Dickson returns to the program to discuss his latest word book.  Dickson is the most prolific writer I know. You might recall his previous Book Nook appearances for his recent biography of Bill Veeck, "The Dickson Baseball Dictionary," and "Words from the White House-Words and Phrases Coined and Popularized by America's Presidents."

The Pinkerton Raid is preparing to release a new full length album later this summer, and in between writing and recording the album, songwriter Jesse DeConto also wrote and released This Littler Light, a memoir about his life, his faith, and of course music. DeConto spoke with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about combining stories from the book with song for an intimate tour, the audience's reaction and the band's forthcoming album.

The Pinkerton Raid will be at Red Tree Gallery near Cincinnati on June 3rd.

Dennis Tafoya sets his latest novel, “The Poor Boy’s Game,” in gritty neighborhoods of Philadelphia. His protagonist is U.S. Marshal Frannie Mullen. As the story opens Frannie is involved in a situation that goes terribly wrong. She ends up losing her job.

She is devastated. Things quickly turn from bad to worse. Her father had been a violent enforcer for a Philadelphia roofers’ union that is controlled by mobsters. He has just escaped from prison-now some of his former associates are turning up dead.

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