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Book Nook: Another Kind of Eden by James Lee Burke

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The first time I interviewed James Lee Burke he was still doing book tours. That was 24 years ago. He had come out to our studios in Yellow Springs to talk about a book that went on to win the Edgar Award the following year. Burke writes brilliantly and he has always been one of my favorite people to interview. Even in his 8th decade he's still prodigiously productive and still averages a new book every year. This interview with Jim was done by phone as they all have been for over 20 years. Jim stopped going out on book tours many years ago. He has chuckled about that because he has observed that his books actually started to sell better after he stopped touring to promote them. He maintains his sense of humor.

This was my 20th interview with James Lee Burke.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library, Clark County Public Library, Dayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

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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. 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.