Book Nook Vick Mickunas created the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1200 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities.He has interviewed historians (Studs Terkel, David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin), politicians (Mario Cuomo, George McGovern, John Kasich), movie stars (Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Peter Ustinov), astronauts (John Glenn, Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan), diplomats (Richard Holbrooke, Jose Ramos Horta), humorists (Garrison Keillor, Dave Barry, Sarah Vowell), and music legends from bands like The Animals, The Doors, and The Rolling Stones.Vick has interviewed some of the leading writers of our time, people like Pat Conroy, James Lee Burke, Richard Ford, Virginia Hamilton, Amy Tan, Anne Lamott, Tom Robbins, T.C. Boyle, and Gary Shteyngart.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.
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Vick Mickunas created the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1200 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities.He has interviewed historians (Studs Terkel, David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin), politicians (Mario Cuomo, George McGovern, John Kasich), movie stars (Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Peter Ustinov), astronauts (John Glenn, Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan), diplomats (Richard Holbrooke, Jose Ramos Horta), humorists (Garrison Keillor, Dave Barry, Sarah Vowell), and music legends from bands like The Animals, The Doors, and The Rolling Stones.Vick has interviewed some of the leading writers of our time, people like Pat Conroy, James Lee Burke, Richard Ford, Virginia Hamilton, Amy Tan, Anne Lamott, Tom Robbins, T.C. Boyle, and Gary Shteyngart.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.More from Book Nook »

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Book Nook: Czech Feminisms - Perspectives on Gender in East Central Europe

Iveta Jusova grew up in Czechoslovakia. She wasn't that aware of feminism until she went away to college. At the university she immersed herself in learning about it and her studies became the gateway to her future career. In this collection of essays readers will discover that the development of feminism in a socialist society and in what is now the Czech Republic bore some significant differences from the feminist movements in countries like England and the United States. The Book Nook on WYSO is made possible by five local library systems in southwest Ohio: the Greene County Public Library , Washington-Centerville Public Library , Clark County Public Library , Dayton Metro Library , and Wright Memorial Public Library .

Book Nook: Czech Feminisms - Perspectives on Gender in East Central Europe

Book Nook: Belle Dame Sans Merci, by Astrea Taylor

Astrea Taylor returned to our studios to discuss her latest book, "Belle Dame Sans Merci," an urban fantasy novel that showcases the author's vivid imagination. The main character is a woman who has become a demon. She is trying to improve her karma enough to be admitted to heaven. Until she does so she'll continue with her lethal labors for a truly devilish boss. Taylor's vision of the precincts of hell is complex and profoundly amusing. In this interview we learn how this story gushed out over a brief period and the process that transformed her manuscript into this lovely finished novel. Paranormal fiction and urban fantasy are smoking hot genres these days and Astrea Taylor seems to be poised to become a breakout writer in this field or whichever one she chooses to try next. The Book Nook on WYSO is made possible by five local library systems in southwest Ohio: the Greene County Public Library , Washington-Centerville Public Library , Clark County Public Library , Dayton Metro

Book Nook: The Child, by Fiona Barton

Fiona Barton served notice with her debut novel "The Widow" that she is a rising star in the world of crime fiction. Her second effort, "The Child," is just as compelling as her first book. Barton had a long career as a journalist and that background has served her well. Kate, her fictional investigative reporter has returned in the second book but don't think that just because she is back that these two books mark the start of a series. They don't. These are stand-alone thrillers. "The Child" opens with a news report that the skeletal remains of a baby have been unearthed at a building site. Kate latches on to the story. She wants to know who that child was and what unfortunate circumstances caused that innocent to be concealed there. Kate isn't the only one who notices the news story. There are some other characters who are aware of the discovery and now considering what possible impact this gruesome find will have upon them. Barton is a clever plotter. If you love a good mystery you

Book Nook: How the Post Office Created America-a History, by Winifred Gallagher

The U.S. Postal Service has played a significant role in the history of our country. In her book "How the Post Office Created America-a History" Winifred Gallagher enumerates the many major impacts that our U.S. Mail has had upon the growth and development of our infrastructure, our industries, and our educational opportunities. It is a service that was founded by visionaries like Benjamin Franklin who brought their revolutionary thinking to the creation of an organization that is as crucial and essential today as it was in the days of the pioneers, the early settlements, and vast wildernesses. I had the author on the show for the original release of the hardcover version and I brought her back again for the paperback release because this is a very important book. The Book Nook on WYSO is made possible by five local library systems in southwest Ohio: the Greene County Public Library , Washington-Centerville Public Library , Clark County Public Library , Dayton Metro Library , and

Book Nook: How the Post Office Created America-a History, by Winifred Gallagher

The Best of the Book Nook: I'm Just Getting Started-the Best of Frank Deford, by Frank Deford

Long-time NPR commentator Frank Deford began contributing his commentaries to National Public Radio in 1980. In May of this year he turned in his last radio piece for Morning Edition. He died later that month. Deford made a couple of appearances in the Book Nook over the years. Here's an interview Frank did with me in July, 2000. His dulcet tones will be missed. The Book Nook on WYSO is made possible by five local library systems in southwest Ohio: the Greene County Public Library , Washington-Centerville Public Library , Clark County Public Library , Dayton Metro Library , and Wright Memorial Public Library .

The Best of the Book Nook: I'm Just Getting Started-the Best of Frank Deford, by Frank Deford

Book Nook: Who Is Rich? by Matthew Klam

We are living in the age of the "selfie." Some of us are self-absorbed. President Trump epitomizes the "selfie" lifestyle. It's really all about him. This is the perfect moment for a humorous novel featuring a protagonist who is dealing with all the stress and pressure of modern life and not handling it too well. "Who is Rich" by Matthew Klam is set during the summer of 2012. That seems like a zillion years ago. Barack Obama was running for re-election and his opponent was Mitt Romney. In retrospect those seem like innocent times. Rich, Klam's protagonist, a fellow in his early 40's, has just escaped from his family to spend a week teaching cartooning at an annual conference. There's a seaside setting and an opportunity for Rich to reconnect with a woman who is unhappily married to a hedge fund billionaire. Rich has been suffering from sleep deprivation, low self esteem, financial worries, and the many tensions of existence in our modern world. Matthew Klam's sense of humor carries

Book Nook: Magic and Loss - the Internet as Art, by Virginia Heffernan

Virginia Heffernan grew up with the Internet. She was on-line before any of us were. In this interview she explains how that happened and how her zealous participation in that strange and sometimes magical world has been a transporting endeavor. I wanted to interview Virginia when this book first came out last year but I wasn't able to make that happen. Fortunately when books are issued again as paperbacks we obtain second chances to discover them. I persevered. Virginia agreed to an interview. This is one of my favorite non-fiction titles from the last couple of years. I learned so much from reading it. After you listen to this program I predict that you'll want to read it, too. Virginia gives a marvelous interview. She's erudite, articulate, and stiletto sharp. She kept bringing up Donald Trump. You have to love that, right? The Book Nook on WYSO is made possible by five local library systems in southwest Ohio: the Greene County Public Library , Washington-Centerville Public Library

Book Nook: Take Out, by Margaret Maron

Don't you love it when somebody has the good grace to go out at the top of their game? It can be depressing to watch former star performers embarrassing themselves because they didn't know when to quit. We have all seen them, the baseball players who strike out on pitches they used to hit or the lead singer who wrote the lyric "I hope I die before I get old" still out there on stage 50 years later gamely strumming away. Some writers keep plodding along, putting out books long after inspiration has faded. Margaret Maron has enjoyed a wonderful career as a mystery writer. Her most recent novel, "Take Out," is the final book in her series which features a New York City police detective named Sigrid Harald. A couple of years ago Maron published the last book in her popular series that featured Deborah Knott. Then she decided to put out one more book featuring Sigrid. In this interview the author explains her reasons for ending each popular series. She's still going to write short stories

Book Nook: The Last Place You Look, by Kristen Lepionka

This book is the debut in a new crime fiction series set in Columbus. Roxane Weary is a private eye with lots of issues. Her dad was a hard drinking cop who died recently while fighting crime. The two of them didn't get along. His sudden death has left his daughter with unresolved "Daddy" issues. He drank a lot. So does she. Her love life is a mess, too. Her father's demise has even served to complicate that aspect of her existence. Business is bad. When Roxane is contacted by a prospective client with a case involving a man who is about to be executed for a double murder she almost turns it down. Fortunately her dwindling finances convince her to take the case. The man on Death Row has steadfastly professed his innocence and when a woman is sighted who might be his former girlfriend, the one who had been missing since this convict supposedly killed her parents Roxane has all that she needs to pursue this case to what is ultimately a dramatic and irresistible conclusion. Roxane Weary

Book Nook: Life on the Co-Op Plan - Lessons from a 167-Year-Old Startup, by Bill Newman

In 1968 an eighteen-year-old youth named Bill Newman arrived in Yellow Springs to begin his freshman year at Antioch College. Bill's first Antioch co-op education experience took place in New York City. He was supposed to return to Antioch after three months but the experience he was having in New York was so thrilling and important to him that he ended up staying away for nine months. Bill Newman describes that experience in his book "Life on the Co-Op Plan - Lessons from a 167-Year-Old Startup." That original co-op adventure was a defining moment and the first step upon what would become his career path as an attorney. In his book and in this interview Bill shares how his Antioch College education and experiences provided the impetus for many of the accomplishments that lay ahead. This book contains essays that were written over the course of the last 45 years. The earliest ones date back to the author's time in Yellow Springs when he was deeply involved in the antiwar movement.

Book Nook: Life on the Co-Op Plan - Lessons from a 167-Year-Old Startup, by Bill Newman

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