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Best of the Book Nook: Gemini, by Dorothy Dunnett

Vick Mickunas' 2000 interview with Dorothy Dunnett


In 1994 I started interviewing authors on the radio. I probably would never have decided to do that if it hadn't been for the fact that in those days in any given year there were hundreds of authors passing through Dayton on book tours. Now we are fortunate to have one or two in the area during any given week.

18 years ago an author from Edinburgh, Scotland passed through on a tour to publicize her historical novel "Gemini." Her name was Dorothy Dunnett. On the day that she came out to our studios in Yellow Springs it was the first and only time that she had ever been to Ohio. I had not been familiar with her work prior to reading "Gemini."

Over the course of our conversation that day I began to realize that she was very well regarded, that she had produced a prodigious body of work, and that she had a huge readership. I also discovered that before she became a novelist she had been quite well known as a portrait artist. As you listen to this interview I think you'll understand why I found myself to be totally charmed by this articulate and clever guest.

"Gemini" was her final book. Dorothy died the following year.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library,  Clark County Public LibraryDayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

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