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Book Nook: The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett


Vick Mickunas' 2020 interview with Ken Follett

Over the years I have kept a list of authors I would love to interview. I try to be realistic about it. I used to think I could get an interview with Bill Clinton but I gave up on that idea a long time ago. There was a time when I might have been able to interview a former president. About 20 years ago I did come very close to getting to talk to Jimmy Carter. The Secret Service was in the process of vetting me. Then he canceled his book tour. Jimmy is still with us but that was definitely my last shot.

The novelist Stephen King has never been on my list. He rarely does interviews. He's simply too famous. I have never interviewed James Patterson but I would not rule it out. I think that one is still possible. Ken Follett had never been on my list. For one thing, he lives in England. He's also super famous and has sold millions of books. I suppose I assumed he would never be offered to me as a guest. But I was wrong. He just published a new novel and I was offered an interview. I leaped at the opportunity.

He was a wonderful guest. I thoroughly enjoyed our chat. His book is marvelous. And it will come as no surprise that this book is another instant best-seller. It debuted last week at #1 on the New York Times fiction list.

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.