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Best of the Book: Straight Man, by Richard Russo

If there is one thing that I have learned during the time that I have hosted this program it is this; when I have an opportunity to interview an author I admire I had better try to do it because one never knows if there will ever be a second chance to do so. Richard Russo is one of those authors. He passed through the area on a book tour in July of 1997. Dayton was his final stop. He came out to Yellow Springs to do a live interview that afternoon. And I have never had another opportunity to interview him.

As I winnow the piles of cassette tapes of author interviews I recorded during the 1990's I am always somewhat shocked to realize that many of the voices preserved on those tapes have been stilled. Many writers who have appeared on the program have moved on to that great library in the sky. Fortunately, Richard Russo is still very much with us. He doesn't put out books very often. When he does they tend to be literary events.

This was quite an enjoyable conversation that we had back on July 24, 1997.

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.

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.