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Best of the Book Nook: Last Man Out: The Story of the Springhill Mine Disaster by Melissa Fay Greene


In 1958 a mining disaster in Canada made headlines all over the world. The design of the mine had been a risky one and when it collapsed it did not come as a huge surprise. There were many fatalities that day but miraculously some miners remained alive, trapped inside the mine. In her book "Last Man Out: The Story of the Springhill Mine Disaster" Melissa Fay Greene describes the rescue efforts that followed and what it was like for the men who were struggling to survive down below. Their food was gone, their water was gone, things were looking very dire. This is quite a story.

Melissa Fay Greene has made numerous appearances on the program over the years. If I had to pick a favorite show that I have done with her I  think that this would be the one that I would choose.

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.