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.

E. Scott Sommers

For Ephraim Scott Sommers, the author of The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire (Tebot Bach, 2017), writing poetry is how he works through his feelings about the violence he has experienced during his lifetime.

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Doug Stanton is a journalist, lecturer, screenwriter, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers In Harm’s Way and Horse Soldiers. In his new book, The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War (Scribner, 2017), Stanton tells the story of Stan Parker, a story Parker had been trying to tell for half a century.

Goran Duvancic

How often have you heard that happiness is a choice? It’s the New Age thing to say. But Scott Stabile disagrees. He says it’s not a choice because we can’t choose our emotions. Stabile is the author of Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-open Heart (New World Library, 2017). He’s not about to apologize for feeling grief, either. When he finally allowed himself to feel grief about great tragedy in his life, he says that helped him become a better person.

Viki Redding

Although Travis Mulhauser now lives in North Carolina, his years growing up in Petoskey, Michigan, are never far from the surface. Michigan is often the vivid background in his stories, as it is in his debut novel, Sweetgirl (Ecco/Harper Collins, 2017), a 2017 Michigan Notable Book.

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With an interest in true crime and Michigan history, journalist Tom Carr set out across the state to research some of the most gruesome and memorable murders he could find. He compiled more than 50 of them into Blood on the Mitten: Infamous Michigan Murders, 1700's to Present (Mission Point Press/Chandler Lake Books, 2016).