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Best of the Book Nook: The Breweries of Dayton and The Terrible Resurrection by Curt Dalton


Dayton historian Curt Dalton has written more books about Dayton history than anybody I know. It isn't even close. In 2002 I had him on the show twice over a period of five months because that's how prolific he was, he had two books that came out during that short period.

The first book was a history of Dayton's beer brewing industry from the heyday when Dayton had numerous breweries to the total decline that had occurred by 1960 when the Dayton beer brewing scene had essentially vanished.

The second book was a bizarre history of 19th century grave robbers in SW Ohio. The central theft involved a robbery involving the corpse of a man who was the son of one US president and the father of another. I'll give you a clue; his name was Harrison.

We had a little extra time to fill at the end of the program so I took the liberty of reading my new short story "The Woman in 36-B."

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 Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

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.