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Best of the Book Nook: Grand Eccentrics, by Mark Bernstein

One century ago Dayton, Ohio was a hotbed of industry and innovation. In his book "Grand Eccentrics - Turning the Century: Dayton and the Inventing of America" Mark Bernstein looked back at some of the men who were instrumental in making this area a thriving place during that period.

The men who Bernstein profiled were the Wright Brothers; Orville and Wilbur, John H. Patterson, Charles Kettering, Arthur Morgan, and James Cox. This book was recently reissued and we took the Book Nook on the road to record a second interview with Mark 22 years after this first conversation. The venue for our program was the Eichelberger Forum at the Dayton Metro Library. We had a live audience for that interview and we had hoped to be able to share it with our radio listeners but due to some unforeseen technical issues that was not possible.

Recently I recorded a third interview with Mark and we'll be sharing that one with you in the near future.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library,  Clark County Public LibraryDayton 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.