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Best of the Book Nook: The Company-a Novel of the CIA by Robert Littell

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Vick Mickunas' 2003 interview with Robert Littell

Back during the days (1994-2003) when authors routinely made pilgrimages out to our studios in Yellow Springs to do live interviews we had many visitors coming in from afar. Ian Rankin came over from Scotland. Clive Barker was a long way from his home in Hawaii. Jeffrey Masson came all the way from New Zealand. Then there was the espionage novelist Robert Littell. He had come in from France to publicize the paperback release of his novel "The Company-a Novel of the CIA" but for some reason which I cannot recall he did not want me to say he was living in France. He had me say the more generic "Europe." This somewhat clandestine approach matched up quite well with the subject matter of his spy novel. I joked with him that perhaps his wish to be somewhat anonymous might be because he was really a spy himself.

Of course having guests come in from the Continent is now a thing of the past. "The Company-a Novel of the CIA" is a tremendous novel. This was the author's only appearance on the show. I looked him up just to make sure that he's still with us. He is. Still living in France. In his 80's. And still writing books!

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.