Book Nook

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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.

He has interviewed historians (Studs Terkel, David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Gary Wills), politicians (Mario Cuomo, George McGovern, John Kasich, Donald Trump), pundits (Karl Rove, Ann Coulter, Ralph Nader, Christopher Hitchens), movie stars (Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Peter Ustinov), romance writers (Nora Roberts, Janet Dailey), astronauts (John Glenn, Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan), diplomats (Richard Holbrooke, Jose Ramos Horta), humorists (Bill Bryson, Garrison Keillor, Dave Barry, Sarah Vowell), food writers (Amanda Hesser, Michael Ruhlman, Judith Jones), poets (Galway Kinnell, Frances Mayes, Billy Collins), crime writers (P.D.James, James Lee Burke, Robert Crais, Denise Mina, Ian Rankin, Philip Kerr), and music legends from bands like The Animals, Joy Division, The Doors, and The Rolling Stones.

Vick has interviewed some of the leading writers of our time, people like Pat Conroy, Aleksandar Hemon, Anne Lamott, Donald Ray Pollock, Tom Robbins, Kate Atkinson, Gary Shteyngart, and Amy Tan.

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.

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

Lisa Scottoline made the transition from being an attorney to becoming a novelist in 1994 when she published her first legal thriller. I hosted my first author interviews on WYSO in 1994 so I feel like Lisa and I have been on parallel paths. Lisa appeared on some of those early programs and it has been a wonderful thing to observe as she has become one our best-selling authors. She's also one of the hardest working writers that I know.

I just looked up Dave Barry's new book on Amazon and noticed that it is the #1 best seller in the "Mid-Life Management" category. I wish I had known to mention that to Dave when I interviewed him. I'm certain he would have had something funny to say about that.

Lois Walker West remembers the way things used to be. In her memoir "The Appalachian Way in Coal Country" she recalls a simpler life that her family lived in a remote hollow in Kentucky during the waning days of the Great Depression.

The family lived on a hillside. There was no electricity and no running water. They burned coal for heat and went to their spring house for water. You could not drive to their house. They did not own a car. The family grew lots of their own food. They had a big vegetable garden.

If you are someone who looks for author interviews on the radio, TV, internet or wherever then you probably have noticed many programs tend to feature mostly fiction or primarily non-fiction. Over the years that I have been talking to authors I have tried to include a variety of selections from both fiction and non-fiction categories.

Shuly Cawood
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Shuly Cawood returned to the program for her fourth interview in less than two years. The first time I had her on the show it was to talk about her memoir "The Going and Goodbye." Shuly returned to the program last year to share some of her poetry with us. Then late last year we had Shuly back on again for her book "52 Things I Wish I Had Told Myself When I Was 17."

The Miami Valley has been a hotbed for aviation ever since the Wright Brothers were making test flights on a prairie that is now located on Wright Patterson Air Force Base. One of the lesser known local aviation stories is that of the pioneering aviator Neal Loving.

During the 1850s rural Athens County, Ohio was briefly a center for some spiritualist activities. The spiritualism movement had begun to sweep across America during the late 1840's and Jonathan Koons became something of a rock star on the scene as he demonstrated his psychic powers for hundreds and possibly thousands of people who made the difficult journey to his farm in southeast Ohio to spend time in his spirit room.

A century ago the suffragettes who were trying to win the right to vote were drawing closer to victory in their long campaign. The Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution was finally passed as the state of Tennessee became the last state needed to ratify for the cause to be won. The drama that took place in Nashville was truly amazing.

A free press is one of the key elements in maintaining a healthy democracy and in-depth investigative journalism is a crucial aspect of a free press. Elaine Shannon is one of our truly gifted investigative reporters. It was really a pleasure to interview her about her new book. Here's my review of it which ran recently in the Cox Ohio newspapers:

Charles Cumming made his first appearance on the program recently when he called in to our studios from London, England. I was somewhat embarrassed to admit to Charles that I had not been aware of him before reading his latest spy novel, "The Moroccan Girl." Now I have some catching up to do; Charles has been penning novels for some time and has amassed an impressive body of work.