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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Four university students in Berkeley, California, friends who call themselves the "Four Indians," decide to protest a Civil War reenactment in one of their hometowns. Something goes terribly wrong when a student pretends to get lynched and acting turns into reality. T.. Geronimo Johnson’s newest novel Welcome to Braggsville (William Morrow, 2015) takes on issues of class, race, politics, and even social media.

Jim Donahue

She writes a column for the Battle Creek Enquirer. She's a journalist, a playwright, and a novelist. To be that prolific, Nicole Mullis has learned to write on the run, grabbing moments wherever she can. While she was writing her novel A Teacher Named Faith (Cairn Press 2015), her children soon understood that Mom had adopted another kid into the family: a laptop called "Little Brother."

Gabrielle Montesanti

Kalamazoo has a well-deserved reputation for being rich in the literary arts. And Diane Seuss is one of the best-known and most loved poetic voices in town. When Seuss gives a reading, the room is usually packed, and the audience often sighs, emits "oohs" and "ahhs," and claps for more. She has also taught many workshops and seminars in local literary circles.

Christopher Magson

The women Bonnie Jo Campbell writes about face abuse in many ugly forms, yet they emerge empowered. The award-winning writer launches her new story collection Mothers, Tell Your Daughters (Norton) in October. It continues Campbell's exploration of the relationships between women.

Katherine Applegate

This story has been updated. The audio has been changed to reflect the actual location of Applegate's appearance in Kalamazoo.  

When eleven-year-old Jacob walks into his bathroom, he finds a giant cat enjoying a bubble bath in his tub. He’s not sure about how he feels about the talking cat. But he is sure how he feels about losing the bathroom and the apartment where he lives. Jacob’s mom has lost her teaching job while his father can't work while he copes with multiple sclerosis. The family is forced to move into their minivan.