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Book Nook: A Better Man, by Louise Penny


A few years ago I received an e-mail from the publicist for the author Louise Penny. She was wondering if I would be reviewing the latest book in Penny's massively popular series set in Quebec which features Inspector Armand Gamache. When I responded I asked her if Louise would be willing to be my guest on the radio. I wasn't expecting a positive response. I understood how an author who routinely tops the best-seller lists might be too busy to make an appearance in The Book Nook.

I was pleasantly surprised when her publicist answered by assenting to my request. We did an interview and I was completely charmed by Louise Penny. She is incredibly nice.

When her next book came out I was delighted to receive another e-mail from her publicist asking if I might want to interview Louise again. Of course I agreed and we had another lovely conversation about that book.

This summer her book "A Better Man" was about to be released and I was able to arrange a third interview with the author. We actually recorded it before the book came out. Once again I was amazed by how wonderful and articulate and charming Louise Penny can be. I love interviewing her. And I have to say that I'm growing quite fond of her publicist as well for making these interviews happen.

That's three interviews in a row now with Louise Penny. All three of those books have debuted at #1 on the New York Times fiction best-seller list. Louise Penny is immensely popular with her readers. She's quite popular with me, too.

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.