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.

Renita Romasco

Author Dinty Moore says he's gained a solid sense of humor because of his name. Moore is named for a character in a comic strip published in the 1920s called “Bringing Up Father.” The same name was later applied to canned beef stew. It inspired a childhood of teasing and ribbing, and an adulthood of constant questioning about the origins of his name. Moore says he's found humor to be an excellent distraction from all of that.


According to science, "love" is really just another form of madness. The brain in love undergoes similar changes, from the rational to the irrational, and the resulting pheromone chemical soup can look a lot like insanity.

Justin Milhouse

Having worked most of her adult life as a newspaper columnist, Desiree Cooper says "flash fiction" — stories written as quickly, and as short as, a flash — come naturally to her. In her new story collection Know the Mother (Wayne State University Press, March 2016), Cooper, who lives in the Detroit area, makes evident the storytelling skill she acquired as a twice-nominated Pulitzer Prize journalist. As a female African-American writer and activist, Cooper often intertwines the issues of racism and sexism in her work. She's also a Kresge Literary Arts Fellow and a former attorney.

Michelle Gossman

Update: Mark Nepo's reading at Kalamazoo College has been rescheduled for March 29 at 7 p.m. 

Almost thirty years ago, philosopher and poet Mark Nepo nearly lost his life in a battle with cancer. It changed him forever. In his new book Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness, Nepo shares the lessons he learned through his ordeal.

William Morrow/Harper Collins

Orphans and abandoned children — who wants them? Between 1854 and 1929, trains filled with these children traveled from the East Coast across the Midwest, stopping at towns and cities along the way. At each station the children were paraded out onto the platform, offered up for the taking by anyone who would have them. Many became domestic servants, or worse. Only a few became true members of their adoptive families.