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Book Nook: Like Lions, by Brian Panowich


When you walk in to a library or a bookstore you are always within reach of new discoveries; all those books just waiting to be read. When you tune in to this program I am hoping to offer you opportunities to experience the personalities of the people who are creating these works. We delve into their creative processes. We talk about their inspirations. We explore the books and writers that have been important to them. Sometimes we meander into unexpected places. I am never certain about our destinations for these conversations but I sure do enjoy making the journeys regardless of where they may lead.

Brian Panowich appeared on the program to discuss his second novel. I had not been aware of him before I read his gritty thriller "Like Lions." The story is set in North Georgia. The main protagonists are a county sheriff and his wife. Drug cartels are warring over the right to sell illegal drugs in the region. Our lawman is deeply conflicted; his family had been in control of the illicit trade in various substances in the region for generations. Now he's being asked to sign off on the expansion plans of a major drug ring and they assume that he's corrupt and he'll go for it. But he doesn't and that's when things really begin to explode. There are lots of wild action scenes in this book. The author assured me that the region is really quite tranquil, that he is writing fiction here. OK, I suppose I have to believe him.

I was intrigued by the fact that Panowich is a former firefighter. One of my favorite southern writers, the late Larry Brown, was also a long-time professional firefighter and this has always struck me as being a bit unusual. So here's another one.

This author is a writer on the rise. Watch out for him.

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.