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Book Nook: Discovery and Renewal on Huffman Prairie: Where Aviation Took Wing, by David Nolin

Huffman Prairie is just down the road from our studios in Yellow Springs. Have you ever been there? It is located at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and that is the spot where the Wright Brothers perfected their flying machines. In fact if they had not accomplished this modern miracle at that location Huffman Prairie as it is today would surely not exist.

Dave Nolin has made a few trips out there. Okay, Dave Nolin has made many trips out there. In his book "Discovery and Renewal on Huffman Prairie: Where Aviation Took Wing" he describes his first visit to the prairie remnant that still remained there decades ago. He even has photos of that eventful day.

This book is a loving tribute to this beautiful area and it provides an historical overview of the geological forces that have altered the landscape in our region over millennia and the efforts that went into restoring this wonder of the natural world.

The book is jammed with maps, photos, and a wealth of information about Huffman Prairie and prairies in general. The book is beautifully done and in this interview you'll get a good sense of the passion the author feels for that particular restoration project and others in the Miami Valley.

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 LibraryWright Memorial Public Library, and Microsun Lamps.


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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.