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Book Nook: Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob by Russell Shorto

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Vick Mickunas' 2021 interview with Russell Shorto

I have always admired the work of Russell Shorto so when I had the chance to interview him I did not hesitate to schedule him. I was not disappointed. Russell is a fabulous writer and he gives a great interview. And this project, "Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob," was one of those amazing instances when a captivating account of mobsters who dominated the illegal gambling racket in a town in Pennsylvania, had been sitting there unexplored until the author had a chance meeting with a relative who asked him when he was planning to cover a story that was literally right under the author's nose.

This is one of my favorite non-fiction titles of the year so far.

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.

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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.