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Book Nook: Ethics in the Gutter-Empathy and Historical Fiction in Comics, by Kate Polak

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By the time he was in the fourth grade my older brother had amassed quite a collection of comic books. I was in the second grade then and early in the mornings while my brother was still asleep I would sneak a few comics out of his stash and huddle up next to the heat vent and read them until it was time for breakfast and then our walk to school. I truly enjoyed those moments and it was always a bit crushing when my father, who was my hero, would notice me there, absorbed in my reading, and he would often make scornful comments like; "you'll never find a job reading comic books."

Well, my Pop left the planet many years ago but if he was still around I am sure he would be astonished to discover that these days there are actually scholars who study comic books. Comics scholarship is a growing field. I was delighted to have an opportunity to have the comics scholar Kate Polak appear on the program. In her book "Ethics in the Gutter-Empathy and Historical Fiction in Comics" the author analyzes a number of graphic narratives-we had a lively conversation about empathy and comics.

Sorry, Dad.

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.

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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.