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The Best of the Book Nook 'The Arcanum: The Extraordinary True Story' by Janet Gleeson

Podcast intro: Looking back a few centuries at the phenomenal story of porcelain and how it was so treasured then that they once called it "white gold."

(Original program recorded in 1999)

Janet Gleeson is an English writer who wrote a history of porcelain. When the book came out 25 years ago it became a #1 bestseller in the United Kingdom. After the book was issued over here the author embarked on an American book tour and one of the stops she made was at the studios of WYSO in Yellow Springs. We recorded an interview for posterity. That conversation was stashed away, never heard since the original broadcast, until now, as it now joins our Book Nook archive of over 900 podcasts.

She had written a lovely book and she made a charming guest. The porcelain story is a timeless one that continues to fascinate.

The Book Nookon WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Librarywith additional support from Washington-Centerville Public LibraryClark County Public LibraryDayton Metro LibraryWright Memorial Public Library, and Tipp City Public.

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.