Zinta Aistars

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. Aistars started the literary online magazine, The Smoking Poet, and has managed it for more than nine years. 

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10:25 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

'Life of Pi' Author To Speak At WMU

Author Yann Martel is best known for his popular novel Life of Pi, about a boy who explores his spirituality while stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.

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9:24 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

New Reading Together Book All About Great Lakes

Credit courtesy of Jerry Dennis

The Kalamazoo Public Library recently announced its Reading Together selection for 2015. It’s called The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas by award winning Michigan author Jerry Dennis.

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3:20 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

What's It Like In Someone Else's Head? Asks Author Monica McFawn

Credit courtesy of Monica McFawn

Grand Rapids author, poet, and playwright Monica McFawn’s book Bright Shards of Someplace Else recently won the Flannery O’Connor award for short fiction. It’s a collection of 11 short stories based on that little assumption that we know exactly what someone else is thinking.

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10:51 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Author Features Karate and Anti-Government Extremism In New Work

Author Mike Harvkey
Credit courtesy of Mike Harvkey

Mike Harvkey will debut his novel, In the Course of Human Events, Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at Bookbug in Kalamazoo along with friend and author Josh Weil. Harvkey's book is about a 20-something man named Clyde Twitty living in the Midwest in the shadow of an economic recession.

When he meets charismatic karate teacher Jay Smalls, Clyde begins to feel like he has more control over his life. But there's a dark side to Jay's teachings and soon we see Clyde drifting into radical, anti-government extremism.

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10:12 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Collapse of the Soviet Union and Brotherly Love Featured in New Novel

Author Josh Weil
Credit Jilan Carroll Glorfield

Josh Weil will debut his novel, The Great Glass Sea, Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at Bookbug in Kalamazoo along with friend and author Mike Harvkey. Weil describes his book as a "fraternal love story."

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