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Book Nook with Vick Mickunas
Book Nook with Vick Mickunas

Book Nook with Vick Mickunas

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Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them.

Latest Episodes

Best of the Book Nook: Salt: a World History, by Mark Kurlansky

Mark Kurlansky made his one and only appearance on the program to discuss his fascinating study of a substance that seems ubiquitous to us in "Salt: a World History." Kurlansky has distinguished himself by publishing scholarly studies that are treasure troves of trivia. In the past the people who had access to large quantities of salt possessed enormous power. You can learn so much from reading this book and Kurlansky gives a great interview. He has published a number of books since this

28 MIN3 d ago
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Best of the Book Nook: Salt: a World History, by Mark Kurlansky

Book Nook: Desk 88 - Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America, by Sherrod Brown

Our senior U.S. Senator from Ohio is Sherrod Brown. When he was first elected to the U.S. Senate he was brought on to the floor of the Senate chamber along with the other newly elected first-time Senators. They were there to choose their desks. The desks are numbered. In this interview he described the moment when he decided he wanted to be seated at a particular desk. Over the past century or so many of the legislators who have been seated in that assembly have carved or written their names

49 MIN1 w ago
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Book Nook: Desk 88 - Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America, by Sherrod Brown

Book Nook: The Long Call, by Ann Cleeves

Since I began interviewing authors on WYSO in 1994 I have kept a list of people I would really like to have on the program. Now and then I'll get to check a name off my list but it doesn't happen that often. Some names I simply have to cross off without ever having done an interview. Obviously when authors die that forces me to remove them from my list. Then there are the writers who are simply so famous that I do not realistically have a chance of ever interviewing them. Stephen King would be a

28 MIN1 w ago
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Book Nook: The Long Call, by Ann Cleeves

Book Nook: The Library Book, by Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean made her first appearance on the program to discuss the paperback reissue of her bestseller "The Library Book." I had wanted to interview Susan for some time. A number of years ago she wrote a book about Rin Tin Tin and I really wanted to interview her for that non-fiction history of the 1950's canine TV star but I could never arrange to get her on the schedule to do that. Then when "The Library Book" came out in hardcover I tried again to get an interview but had no luck again. I

49 MIN2 w ago
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Book Nook: The Library Book, by Susan Orlean

Book Nook: If I Live to Be 100: Lessons from the Centenarians, by Neenah Ellis

Some years before Neenah Ellis came to WYSO to become our station manager she passed though our region on a publicity tour for her book "If I Live to Be 100: Lessons from the Centenarians." I liked the book so much that I had her on the program twice, once for the initial hardcover release, then again when it came out the following year in paperback. This collection of interviews that Neenah conducted with Americans who had been living for over a century was originally conceived to be a radio

28 MIN2 w ago
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Book Nook: If I Live to Be 100: Lessons from the Centenarians, by Neenah Ellis

Book Nook: Music - a Subversive History by Ted Gioia

The music historian and scholar Ted Gioia returned to the program to discuss his monumental new study of what he describes as the subversive history of music. This book was many years in the making, Gioia originally got the idea to write it during the early 1990's. The author takes us back to the beginning, to prehistoric caves in France, where those early cave artists executed their paintings in the portions of the caves which had the best acoustics. Why would they do that? Because they were

49 MIN2 w ago
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Book Nook: Music - a Subversive History by Ted Gioia

Best Of The Book Nook: Kahlil Gibran: A Spiritual Treasury edited by Suheil Bushrui

Dr. Suheil Bushrui made a number of appearances on the program. He was an eminent scholar and an authority on the works of William Butler Yeats and Kahlil Gibran. It was always a distinct pleasure to have a conversation with him because you never knew where any particular discussion might lead. His intellect was radiant-it was truly an honor to speak with him. Dr. Bushrui died a few years ago. I would like to dedicate this particular podcast, number #600 in our archive by my calculation, to him.

29 MIN3 w ago
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Best Of The Book Nook: Kahlil Gibran: A Spiritual Treasury edited by Suheil Bushrui

Book Nook: The Butterfly Girl, by Rene Denfeld

Rene Denfeld made her third appearance on the show to talk about her third novel "The Butterfly Girl." Denfeld's work defies categorization. Her latest effort springs in part from some deeply personal experiences. This is the story of a young girl who has fled an abusive life at home to survive as a homeless kid living on the streets of a Skid Row area in the Pacific Northwest. Denfeld knows what that feels like, she once found herself in a similar situation. After you listen to the interview

48 MIN3 w ago
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Book Nook: The Butterfly Girl, by Rene Denfeld

Book Nook: How to Catch a Mole - Wisdom from a Life Lived in Nature by Marc Hamer

Last spring I received an advance copy of a memoir by Marc Hamer. Marc lives in Wales in the United Kingdom. When I first glanced at the book I thought; why on earth would I want to read about how to catch moles? The whole notion seemed bizarre? Then I started reading it and was immediately drawn in. While there is plenty in the book about catching moles this is much more than that. Hamer has written an ode to nature. It is meditative and reflective and poetic. He ponders the changing of the

28 MINNOV 7
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Book Nook: How to Catch a Mole - Wisdom from a Life Lived in Nature by Marc Hamer

Best of the Book Nook: The Mile High Club by Kinky Friedman

Kinky Friedman made his only appearance on the program in 2000. The musician and novelist came through the area for a book signing followed by a performance at the Canal Street Tavern. The Kinkster strode into the studio wearing his signature ten gallon cowboy hat. He had an enormous unlit cigar clenched between his teeth. He was quite a sight. He went on to give one of the most hilarious and politically incorrect interviews in the history of the program. I hope you enjoy it. The Book Nook on

49 MINNOV 5
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Best of the Book Nook: The Mile High Club by Kinky Friedman

Latest Episodes

Best of the Book Nook: Salt: a World History, by Mark Kurlansky

Mark Kurlansky made his one and only appearance on the program to discuss his fascinating study of a substance that seems ubiquitous to us in "Salt: a World History." Kurlansky has distinguished himself by publishing scholarly studies that are treasure troves of trivia. In the past the people who had access to large quantities of salt possessed enormous power. You can learn so much from reading this book and Kurlansky gives a great interview. He has published a number of books since this

28 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Best of the Book Nook: Salt: a World History, by Mark Kurlansky

Book Nook: Desk 88 - Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America, by Sherrod Brown

Our senior U.S. Senator from Ohio is Sherrod Brown. When he was first elected to the U.S. Senate he was brought on to the floor of the Senate chamber along with the other newly elected first-time Senators. They were there to choose their desks. The desks are numbered. In this interview he described the moment when he decided he wanted to be seated at a particular desk. Over the past century or so many of the legislators who have been seated in that assembly have carved or written their names

49 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Book Nook: Desk 88 - Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America, by Sherrod Brown

Book Nook: The Long Call, by Ann Cleeves

Since I began interviewing authors on WYSO in 1994 I have kept a list of people I would really like to have on the program. Now and then I'll get to check a name off my list but it doesn't happen that often. Some names I simply have to cross off without ever having done an interview. Obviously when authors die that forces me to remove them from my list. Then there are the writers who are simply so famous that I do not realistically have a chance of ever interviewing them. Stephen King would be a

28 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Book Nook: The Long Call, by Ann Cleeves

Book Nook: The Library Book, by Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean made her first appearance on the program to discuss the paperback reissue of her bestseller "The Library Book." I had wanted to interview Susan for some time. A number of years ago she wrote a book about Rin Tin Tin and I really wanted to interview her for that non-fiction history of the 1950's canine TV star but I could never arrange to get her on the schedule to do that. Then when "The Library Book" came out in hardcover I tried again to get an interview but had no luck again. I

49 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Book Nook: The Library Book, by Susan Orlean

Book Nook: If I Live to Be 100: Lessons from the Centenarians, by Neenah Ellis

Some years before Neenah Ellis came to WYSO to become our station manager she passed though our region on a publicity tour for her book "If I Live to Be 100: Lessons from the Centenarians." I liked the book so much that I had her on the program twice, once for the initial hardcover release, then again when it came out the following year in paperback. This collection of interviews that Neenah conducted with Americans who had been living for over a century was originally conceived to be a radio

28 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Book Nook: If I Live to Be 100: Lessons from the Centenarians, by Neenah Ellis

Book Nook: Music - a Subversive History by Ted Gioia

The music historian and scholar Ted Gioia returned to the program to discuss his monumental new study of what he describes as the subversive history of music. This book was many years in the making, Gioia originally got the idea to write it during the early 1990's. The author takes us back to the beginning, to prehistoric caves in France, where those early cave artists executed their paintings in the portions of the caves which had the best acoustics. Why would they do that? Because they were

49 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Book Nook: Music - a Subversive History by Ted Gioia

Best Of The Book Nook: Kahlil Gibran: A Spiritual Treasury edited by Suheil Bushrui

Dr. Suheil Bushrui made a number of appearances on the program. He was an eminent scholar and an authority on the works of William Butler Yeats and Kahlil Gibran. It was always a distinct pleasure to have a conversation with him because you never knew where any particular discussion might lead. His intellect was radiant-it was truly an honor to speak with him. Dr. Bushrui died a few years ago. I would like to dedicate this particular podcast, number #600 in our archive by my calculation, to him.

29 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Best Of The Book Nook: Kahlil Gibran: A Spiritual Treasury edited by Suheil Bushrui

Book Nook: The Butterfly Girl, by Rene Denfeld

Rene Denfeld made her third appearance on the show to talk about her third novel "The Butterfly Girl." Denfeld's work defies categorization. Her latest effort springs in part from some deeply personal experiences. This is the story of a young girl who has fled an abusive life at home to survive as a homeless kid living on the streets of a Skid Row area in the Pacific Northwest. Denfeld knows what that feels like, she once found herself in a similar situation. After you listen to the interview

48 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Book Nook: The Butterfly Girl, by Rene Denfeld

Book Nook: How to Catch a Mole - Wisdom from a Life Lived in Nature by Marc Hamer

Last spring I received an advance copy of a memoir by Marc Hamer. Marc lives in Wales in the United Kingdom. When I first glanced at the book I thought; why on earth would I want to read about how to catch moles? The whole notion seemed bizarre? Then I started reading it and was immediately drawn in. While there is plenty in the book about catching moles this is much more than that. Hamer has written an ode to nature. It is meditative and reflective and poetic. He ponders the changing of the

28 MINNOV 7
Comments
Book Nook: How to Catch a Mole - Wisdom from a Life Lived in Nature by Marc Hamer

Best of the Book Nook: The Mile High Club by Kinky Friedman

Kinky Friedman made his only appearance on the program in 2000. The musician and novelist came through the area for a book signing followed by a performance at the Canal Street Tavern. The Kinkster strode into the studio wearing his signature ten gallon cowboy hat. He had an enormous unlit cigar clenched between his teeth. He was quite a sight. He went on to give one of the most hilarious and politically incorrect interviews in the history of the program. I hope you enjoy it. The Book Nook on

49 MINNOV 5
Comments
Best of the Book Nook: The Mile High Club by Kinky Friedman
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