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.

Nicolette Hahn Niman

Why would a vegetarian defend beef? Nicolette Hahn Niman, environmental lawyer, rancher, food activist, and vegetarian, does just that in her controversial new book, Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production, The Manifesto of an Environmental Lawyer and Vegetarian Turned Cattle Rancher, published by Chelsea Green in October 2014. Hahn Niman speaks at Kalamazoo College on April 27 at 7 p.m. and at the Portage District Library on April 28 at 6:30 p.m.

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It’s best to stop analyzing so much and just let that poem wash over you. So says Marion Boyer, who's poet and a member of the board running the second annual Kalamazoo Poetry Festival. This year’s “Celebration of Community Poets” will be held on Thursday, April 16, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. It's free and open to the public.

David Fideler

“Everything begins with starlight.” So writes David Fideler in the opening of his new book, Restoring the Soul of the World: Our Living Bond with Nature’s Intelligence (Inner Traditions/Simon & Schuster, 2015). Gazing at the stars was how it began for Fideler, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan who moved to Sarajevo in Bosnia in 2011.

Joe Heywood

Few authors are as prolific as Joseph Heywood, who will soon have 20 books on the shelf with his name on the spine. The tenth volume of his popular "Woods Cop" mystery series is coming soon, but his newest work, a collection of short stories called Harder Ground, was published by Lyons Press in March 2015.

Sarah Fillman

As is often true of “overnight successes,” Morowa Yejidé’s (pronounced: Moe-roe-wah Yay-gee-day) debut novel quickly gained critical and popular acclaim but took about ten years to achieve that success. Time of the Locust (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, 2014) is a finalist for the national PEN/Bellwether Prize , received First Honorable Mention in the national 2011 Dana Awards, and is a 2015 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work.