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.

Kelly Hansen

You don’t have to have lived a long life to have lived a great one. In Patricia Majher’s new book Great Girls in Michigan History (Wayne State University Press, March 2015), the Michigan historian writes about 20 girls younger than 20 who have made a mark on history.

North Star Press

It started with a woman. In 1981, James Armstrong was a young man just out of college. He had just started his career at the Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo and was taking a night class to learn French. Another student, a pretty blonde, caught his eye and he asked her out to dinner. "Sure," Elizabeth said. But, “Can I bring my husband?”

Cawley Entertainment Company/Retro Film Studios

Rick Chambers has boldly gone on to new frontiers. A communications professional, journalist and novelist in Kalamazoo, he happily adds "Trekkie" to his list of achievements. Memories of watching Star Trek as a four-year-old are still vivid in his mind, drawn to the cast of characters in the show even as he shivered in delicious fear at their grand adventures and a parade of alien creatures.

Daina Aistars-Bowman

When Ron Riekki decided to put the work of women writing about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula together, he included Kalamazoo’s Bonnie Jo Campbell. “I’ve been studying her short stories and she’ll make very strange juxtapositions of images in her stories.”

Jill Ongley / KBAC

As children, we're taught to treat books with respect. Don’t write in the margins. Don’t fold down the corners of pages. Don’t break the spines. But what about altering a book into another form of art?