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Best of the Book Nook: The Good German by Joseph Kanon


Vick Mickunas' 2001 interview with Joseph Kanon

Joseph Kanon returned to the program to discuss his novel "The Good German." Back in those days, 20 years ago, Dayton was still a hub for visiting authors. Hundreds of writers came through our region each year on book tours. Lots of those people were first-time writers. Joseph Kanon had been one of those. He had come through Yellow Springs for an interview when he published his first novel, "Los Alamos."

By the time he came through to talk about "The Good German," we were well acquainted. It was always such a joy to interview an articulate, erudite man like him. Before he became a novelist he had a long career in book publishing so we were able to talk about the book world from many different perspectives.

"The Good German" was set in Germany as WWII was ending. It was deeply researched and that made it a fascinating read.

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.