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Book Nook: As Good As Gone, by Larry Watson


Over the years that I have been hosting this program I have witnessed a lot of changes on the book publishing landscape. Technology has had an impact. Electronic books are now popular. Almost anybody can publish a book now if they want to do so.

Book publishing has been going through consolidations. Back in the 1990's there were many more authors who went out on book tours. We used to get several passing through the WYSO studios each week for live interviews. Those days are gone.

One author who appeared on the program a number of times back in the day was Larry Watson. He came through on book tours. He was publishing a lot of great books. Time marches on.

The last time I had Larry Watson on the program was for a phone interview 16 years ago for his novel "Laura." He's still writing books. I'm still interviewing authors. His latest novel "As Good As Gone" reminds me of some of his greatest work from the 1990's. When I realized how long it had been since my last interview with him I felt terrible. I had to book another interview with him. It had been far too long.

This is Larry's story about "the cowboy in the basement." Readers of his work will recognize the locale. The year is 1963. Writers like Larry Watson are like fine cognac, they just get better and smoother with age. I hope you like it because this is "as good as it gets."

The Book Nook on WYSO is made possible by six local library systems in southwest Ohio:  the Greene County Public LibraryWashington-Centerville Public Library, MidPointe Library SystemClark County Public Library, Dayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

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.