How to Get Involved

Rooted Writing Competition

It's a great time of year to celebrate trees! Consider our complicated, symbiotic, profoundly multifaceted relationship to all things arboreal.

Now, go write!

Submit you tree-themed flash essay of 350 words or less to the Harbor Springs Rooted competition, and win copies of judge Josh MacIvor-Andersen's books, On Heights & Hunter and Rooted: The Best New Arboreal Nonfiction, plus publication on the Rooted site.

Guidelines: Submit one tree-themed essay under 350 words by December 1st, 2017 to A winner, runner up, and two honorable mentions will be selected by Josh and announced by both Harbor Springs Festival of the Book and between the Covers on January 15th, 2018.


The Harbor Springs Festival of the Book welcomes donations from those who love to read books, talk about books, and meet those who write books. Help us keep most sessions free by supporting the work of the Festival with a tax-deductible gift.

Please use our secure online system, or we welcome your gift mailed to us directly at:

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book, P.O. Box 766, Harbor Springs, MI 49740


Volunteers are needed, in a variety of capacities, before, during, and after the Festival. Please email to request more information.


A variety of corporate sponsorships are available for the 2017 Festival. Please contact Executive Director, Amy Gillard, at for sponsorship information.

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 Board of Directors

Charles O'Neill - Chairman
Sara E. Smith - Treasurer
Kate Bassett - Secretary

Maureen Abood
Peggy Abood
Karen Ford
Julia Fogarty
Peter Olson
F.W. Skip Renker
Susan Sparrow Carson
Lee Walsh
Glen Young

Amy Gillard - Executive Director

Thank you to our 2017 Corporate Sponsors

Thank you to our 2017 Venue Sponsors