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.

Stacy Sodolak

In some ways, Dominic Smith says novelists are like forgers. Both fake reality. Both create new worlds out of elements of the real world. In his fourth and latest novel, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos (Sarah Crichton Books, April 2016), Smith introduces readers to the world of a master forger, bringing history to life.

Lonnie Heywood

Poaching. It’s a disease, an addiction. So says author Joseph Heywood. Killing deer, not for food or sport, but just for the thrill of the kill. One of the conservation officers with whom Heywood rides along every summer in Michigan's Upper Peninsula called that kind of killing “buckular dystrophy,” and Heywood’s ear perked up. It was the perfect title for his tenth Woods Cop mystery (Lyons Press, 2016).

Claudia Delp

Now that he's retired, you'll most often find Michael Delp at his cabin on the Boardman River, near Traverse City, where he lives. Chances are he's chomping on a cheap cigar, a dog at his side, contemplating fish. Or poetry.

Mike Lanka / WMU University Relations

With three branches holding more than two million volumes, Dwight B. Waldo Library is arguably the heart of Western Michigan University’s campus. Holding that heart, as of March 1, is Julie Garrison, the new dean of University Libraries at WMU.

Courtesy Nicole & Robert Du Shane

A little girl disappears while walking home from school. Nine days later, her body is found in Allegan County. It’s 1955 in Kalamazoo. Sixty-one years later, Nicole and Robert Du Shane stumble across her grave and her tragic story. Their book, One Silent Voice: The Jeannie Singleton Story, is the result.