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Book Nook: Gun Island, by Amitav Ghosh


Amitav Ghosh returned to the program to discuss his latest novel, "Gun Island." The first two times he appeared on the show it was to talk about this second and third books in his Ibis Trilogy. Those massive volumes were set during the period of the Opium Wars and were works of historical fiction that had me presuming that "Gun Island" would also be set during some long ago era. However this is not the case.

"Gun Island" takes place during our current times and the main themes in the book are climate change and immigration. The book is also quite a bit shorter than the books in the Ibis Trilogy. While many authors might consider a 300 page book to be fairly lengthy this one is actually somewhat terse for Ghosh.

I admire the works of Amitav Ghosh. This is a timely book.

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.