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Book Nook: A Private Cathedral by James Lee Burke


Vick Mickunas' 2020 interview with James Lee Burke

"A Private Cathedral" by James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke returned to the program to discuss his latest novel in his Dave Robicheaux series, the 23rd installment in a series which began in 1987 with "The Neon Rain." The three most recent books in this series were written as a trilogy of flashbacks that were set during the period just prior to 9/11. In these books Burke is waxing prophetic as he warns his readership about the coming of a leader who will seem like a combination of Huey Long, Joseph McCarthy, and George Wallace. This charismatic individual will acquire power while advancing nativist and racist beliefs.

Originally scheduled for a release in May, this book's publication date was delayed by the pandemic. Due to that delay James Lee Burke has already completed his next book and during this interview he talked about it. This was my 19th interview with the author and that was the first time he had ever been willing to talk about his next book because on every other occasion they had still been works in progress.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library, Clark County Public Library, Dayton 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.