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.

Kaitlin L. Martin

The Kalamazoo Poetry Festival celebrates its fourth year of poetry readings, workshops, and panel discussions, April 28-29. This year's featured poet is Pulitzer finalist and Kalamazoo College professor Diane Seuss.

Julie Abel

New York Times bestselling writer Jacqueline Carey, who lives in West Michigan, is the author of the critically acclaimed Kushiel’s Legacy series of historical fantasy novels. She's also written The Sundering epic fantasy duology, the postmodern fables Santa Olivia and Saints Astray, and the Agent of Hel contemporary fantasy series. Her newest novel is Miranda and Caliban (Tor Books, 2017), a retelling of Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest.

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A small community of determined people saves a strip of land and the endangered species living there from the grip of a powerful corporation. That's the story in Heather Shumaker’s Saving Arcadia: A Story of Conservation and Community in the Great Lakes, which reads like a suspenseful adventure story.

Stephen Voss

You may have swiped one of Maggie Stiefvater’s books from your kid’s room. That's because it’s not just kids who find this New York Times bestselling author’s books irresistible. At her events for young adults, Stiefvater often finds just as many adult fans in the crowd.

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Judith Rypma has had a love affair with Russia that has spanned most of her life. In 23 trips, the master faculty specialist in English at Western Michigan University has observed changes from the former Soviet Union to the Russia of today. Many of her observations have found their way into Rypma’s poetry. Her newest collection is Worshipping at Lenin’s Mausoleum (Future Cycle Press, 2016).