Author Alley is the place to go during the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book, to purchase all HSFOTB related titles, as well as signed and numbered commemorative posters by artist James Perry. Additionally, please be sure to note that the vast majority of panelists and presenters will be signing their books at Author Alley immediately following their sessions. Please refer to the full schedule of events for session dates and times.
The few presenters whose books will be available for purchase and signing on site at their event venues are:
Performing Arts Center Craig Johnson Elizabeth Letts David Maraniss Amor Towles Kenneth L. Woodward
Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Domenica Marchetti
Author Alley is located in the Ephraim Shay House, on the corner of East Main and Judd Streets in downtown Harbor Springs. Ephraim Shay, often noted as one of our most famous residents, first arrived in Harbor Springs in 1888. Shay, whose most notable design was the Shay Locomotive, which he patented in 1881, designed the Hexagon House as a residence for his family. The home was built circa 1892 and is remarkable for both for its hexagonal design and its unique materials. While its skeleton is standard frame construction with sheathing, the building’s interior and exterior were covered with stamped sheet metal in varying patterns. The building was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1972.
Although the Shay House served as a residence into the mid-20th century, it later became a dress shop with a tea room located in the basement. The current owner recalls going to Adelaide’s dress shop for a fitting for her son’s wedding and casually inquiring about the building. Her inquiry combined with her interest in preserving this unique building would lead her to purchase the building in 1987. In 1989, she began an extensive renovation of the building including replication of all of the exterior stamped steel. The interior stamped steel ceiling and wall, however, had remained in good condition and were restored with minimal patching. The restoration was completed in 1990.
Today the owner, Mary Cay Jones, maintains a private office there and kindly opens the building for limited non-profit-sponsored events throughout the year. Her generosity, and that of the facilities coordinator, Donna Weber, is so appreciated by all involved with the Festival. HSFOTB also thanks all the volunteer booksellers who have staffed this site for the weekend.
Author Alley is open during the following times: Friday, September 30th, 2016 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday, October 1st, 2016 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Author Alley accepts cash, check, VISA, Master Card, Discover, and American Express.
(History of Shay House provided courtesy of Harbor Springs Area Historical Society.)