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The Best of the Book Nook: A Conversation with Ed McBain for His Novel, "Money Money Money"

Original air date September 10, 2001.



Over the years that I have been hosting this program I have had numerous opportunities to interview legendary novelists. I have learned that when such an opportunity presents itself I must do whatever I can to make it happen because I might never get another chance to speak to a particular writer.

One perfect example was Ed McBain. Ed McBain was the best known pen name for the author named Evan Hunter. Hunter as McBain paid a visit to the WYSO studios for a live interview at 2 o'clock on a Monday afternoon. The date was September 10, 2001. Less than 24 hours later the world changed forever as the World Trade Center attacks took place that following morning in New York City, Ed McBain's beloved home town.

Evan Hunter aka Ed McBain had flown to Chicago on the morning of 9/11 from Dayton. All the airports were shut down after he arrived and he got stranded there while his book tour was cancelled. Here in Yellow Springs WYSO had suspended all regular programming as we went into 9/11 mode. That lasted for over a week.

In this interview Ed McBain describes how he became a writer. This was Ed's only appearance on the program. He died a few years later. It is one of my favorite interviews.

The Book Nook on WYSO is made possible by six local library systems in southwest Ohio:  the Greene County Public LibraryWashington-Centerville Public Library, MidPointe Library SystemClark County Public Library, Dayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

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