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Best of the Book Nook: What Remains by Nicholas Delbanco


Once upon a time authors went out on book tours. They would travel around the country and meet their readers in bookstores and libraries and all sorts of literary venues. The prevalence of authors going out on book tours has been in decline since the financial crisis of 2008. After that publishers began tightening their budgets and if you were not an author with a big name they were much more reluctant to subsidize your plane tickets and hotel expenses.

Once upon a time even first time authors headed out on book tours. Once upon a time....now this global pandemic has brought physical book touring to a grinding halt. Ah, the things we once took for granted!

Twenty years ago a writer named Nicolas Delbanco came through our area on book tour. He was publicizing a novel called "What Remains" and it was clearly a deeply autobiographical work. I loved the book. The author came out to our studios for a live interview and it was one of those magical conversations that one always hopes will happen. That was my only interview with him and he was so appreciative that I was so engaged with what he had written. That day he did some readings from his novel and they were wonderful.

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.

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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.