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Book Nook: Kingdom of the Blind, by Louise Penny


Louise Penny had been an author on my bucket list for years. Last year I finally was able to book her as a guest on the program for her novel "Glass Houses." You can listen to that interview in our archive of podcasts here. She was absolutely wonderful to interview. I was charmed. On the Sunday morning that interview aired her book debuted at #1 on the New York Times fiction list.

When she published her latest novel in her series which features Inspector Armand Gamache, "Kingdom of the Blind," I never expected to be able to schedule her on the show again. But I did, and we had another delightful conversation. She has quickly become one of my favorite authors to interview.

And on the day we aired this interview her book debuted again at #1 on the New York Times list and it was also making a debut on the best seller list in her native Canada in the top fiction spot. So on our air date "Kingdom of the Blind" was the top novel in North America!

Wow. I cannot recall that ever happening before.

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.