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.

John Klein

Poet Janet Kauffman sees similarities in her father’s Alzheimer’s disease and the way humanity treats the earth. She says it’s a kind of mental illness to destroy the planet we call home, the place that sustains all life. Kauffman writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her new poetry collection is Eco-dementia (Wayne State University Press, 2017).

Sue Carol Cunningham

We live in a society that worships youth and tries to avoid aging at all costs. But author Frank J. Cunningham of South Haven greets aging as a blessing. He's the author of Vesper Time: The Spiritual Practice of Growing Older (Orbis Books, 2017).

Bob Sperling

A poet, Mary Stone Walker, disappears in the 1930's. Is it a case of murder, born of domestic abuse? Or did she commit suicide? Kalamazoo-area author Jacquelyn Vincenta addresses tough issues of domestic violence and addiction through fictional families then and today in her debut novel, The Lake and the Lost Girl (Sourcebooks Landmark, 2017).

Gasper Tringale

Jeffrey Eugenides has no complaints about the life of a writer, even as he revises an earlier statement about writing as an almost holy experience. The Detroit native’s new collection of short stories is called Fresh Complaint (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017), although his audience will know him for his previous work: The Virgin Suicides; Middlesex (which won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize); and The Marriage Plot.

Anne-Marie Fendrick

When Mihaela’s family came to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula from Croatia when she was just 11, she thought it was just for a little while, to visit her papa. He had arrived earlier to work in the copper mines. But there were many surprises awaiting her in the U.P. Barbara Carney-Coston tells the story of her own family’s immigration to Michigan in her new historical fiction novel for younger readers, To the Copper Country: Mihaela’s Journey (Wayne State University Press, 2017).