Zinta Aistars

Host of 'Between The Lines'/Freelancer

Zinta Aistars is our resident book expert. She started interviewing authors and artists for our Arts & More program in 2011.

Aistars is creative director, writer, and editor at Z Word, LLC. She's also the published author of three books in her native Latvian language. Aistars regularly contributes to many print and online publications in addition to freelancing for WMUK.

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“Don't call me a saint. I don't want to be dismissed so easily,” Dorothy Day said. Her granddaughter, Kate Hennessy, has done neither. She's honored her grandmother in the best way she knows how: by writing her biography, Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty (Scribner, 2017).

Gordon Bolar is the former station manager of WMUK. He retired in 2016 and now he’s returned to his other passion, the theater, as a playwright. Aside from 22 years working in public media, Bolar has written seven plays and produced three. He’s taught theater at the university level for six years. Bolar's newest play is "Homemakers in Heaven."

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Despite growing up in the strictly segregated world of 1940’s Detroit, Dennis Archer put himself through college and law school through determination and a lot of hard work. He was the first person of color to become president of the American Bar Association, and of the State Bar of Michigan, which once banned African Americans from joining. Archer became the associate justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and then was twice elected mayor of Detroit. He's co-written his autobiography, Let the Future Begin (Atkins & Greenspan Writing, 2017) with journalist and TV host Elizabeth Ann Atkins.

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In her new novel, Thisbe Nissen delves deep into the midlife crisis of a 50-year-old woman. Yes, women have them, too. Our Lady of the Prairie (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018) is Nissen’s third novel, along with a story collection and a cookbook.

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They’ve been called the Dynamic Duo. Gabriel Giron and Kirk Latimer are the rock star poets and motivational speakers behind an organization they started ten years ago called Kinetic Affect. A large part of their mission has been to speak to and alongside at-risk youth at Lakeside Academy and the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home, and similar organizations nationwide.