Saturday, September 30, 2017

SUBJECT TO CHANGE

PRESENTER, VENUE & TIME PROGRAM INFORMATION
DEBORAH BLUM
The Lyric Theater
9:00 a.m.
Pulitzer Prize-winner and director of the Knight Science Journalism program at MIT, Deborah Blum presents her latest release, The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York.
 
THE CRAFT OF KEEPING READERS IN SUSPENSE
Harbor Springs United Methodist Church
9:00 a.m.

The twists! The turns! The red herrings and edge-of-your- seat cliffhangers! These are just a few of the elements that make mysteries and thrillers some of the most widely read novels of our time. No reader can resist that rush of adrenaline when our hero is poised between life and death. While our own minds might exaggerate the suspense, it is a testament to the writers behind these intricately plotted stories that we keep coming back for more.

Presenters: Alan Drew, Tim Johnston, Megan Miranda, and Benjamin Percy

 
WHEN RESEARCH AND STORYTELLING COLLIDE
The Lyric Theater
10:30 a.m.

Rewriting history, delving into the life of an historical figure, or creating believable worlds outside of our own, requires that writers learn how to build that bridge between fact-finding and fiction writing, so that readers are swept up in the story without questioning the veracity of the details.

Presenters: Julie Berry, Meg Howrey, and Augustus Rose

 
PICTURE BOOK READINGS
Harbor Springs Public Library
10:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.—2:00 p.m.

Join our uniquely talented group of picture book authors and illustrators as they share aloud their featured works and demo their particular styles of illustration.

Presenters: Terry Border, Leslie Helakoski, Sarvinder Naberhaus, Lisa Wheeler, and Salina Yoon

 
TALES FROM THE OUTSIDER
Harbor Springs United Methodist Church
10:30 a.m.

Outsiders can often feel like strangers to the world at large. They are misunderstood, whether of their own making or by prejudice. We all feel comfortable when we read the stories in which the outsider somehow morphs into some version of the normal, but that is not typically the reality. The far better stories are those in which the outsider remains so, and embraces both the dark and light bits that make him or her dangerous, damaged, beloved and
unforgettable.

Presenters: Cara Hoffman, Ladee Hubbard, and Maryse Meijer

 
SOUP & STORIES
Holy Childhood Church Community Center
11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

A come-and-go lunch and author reading at Holy Childhood Church Community Center. Drop in anytime for soup, bread, and dessert, and to listen to a rotation of authors reading brief selections from their works. Lunch tickets are $10 and available in advance.

The program will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a different author
reading every 15 minutes. The schedule will be available soon.

 
POETRY READINGS
Location TBD
1:00 p.m.—4:30 p.m.

POETRY READING SCHEDULE

Laura Shovan 1:00 p.m.
Victoria Redel 1:30 p.m.
Skip Renker 2:00 p.m.
Dennis Hinrichsen 2:30 p.m.
Fleda Brown 3:00 p.m.
Cindy Hunter Morgan 3:30 p.m.
Marcus Wicker 4:00 p.m.
 
THE ART OF WRITING SHORT WORKS
Harbor Springs Area Historical Society
1:00 p.m.

The short story or essay (in nonfiction terms) is a form that has existed for centuries and continues to evolve and push the bounds of what we imagine the form can do. Great short works have the power to question, discomfit, awe, inspire, linger, distort our perceptions, and envision worlds of which we have only dreamed. What are the specific challenges that these writers face? What advantages do they find to working within these constraints?

Presenters: Ben Loory, Carmen Maria Machado, Josh MacIvor-Andersen, and Maryse Meijer

 
SECRETS, LEGACIES AND HERITAGE
Harbor Springs United Methodist Church
1:00 p.m.

Secrets, legacies, and heritage. . .  otherwise known as family.
Relationships are complicated, but perhaps none more so than those we share with kin. Whether it be the connection between parent and child, siblings, spouses, or friends so close as
to be considered family; no relationship is without its hurdles. The writer who is able to magnify and dissect the intricacies of these bonds, pens a story of depth, poignancy and honesty.

Presenters: Ladee Hubbard, Joshilyn Jackson, Victoria Redel, and Simon Van Booy

 
YOUNG WOMEN ON THE BRINK
Location TBD
2:30 p.m.

There is a passion, a rage, and a vulnerability that often
accompanies young women on the brink of adulthood. These explosive emotions can often dictate how they view their friendships, sexuality, surroundings and life choices. Yet, what they all have in common is a strength and a desire to be made whole.

Presenters: Julie Buntin, Cara Hoffman, and Mindy McGinnis

 
WORDS WITH PICTURES AND PICTURES WITH WORDS
Harbor Springs United Methodist Church
2:30 p.m.

Whether through children's picture books that conjure entirely new perspectives, early reader texts that introduce basic vocabulary via speech bubbles and bold illustrations, middle grade novels that allow the character to draw the pictures, or through the complicated relationship between words and pictures in the realm of comic book art; there is a delicate balancing act that masterfully brings these two forms of storytelling together.

Presenters: Ruth McNally Barshaw, Terry Border, Benjamin Percy, and Salina Yoon

 
ALL PRESENTER SIGNING & HAPPY HOUR
Holy Childhood Church Community Center
5:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.

Come to Holy Childhood Church to enjoy a bite to eat and a beverage as you visit with available authors and illustrators signing their works. All presenters' books will be available for sale.
$10 ticket—Signing, including food and beverages
$5 ticket—Signing, admittance only  with suggested donation to help purchase books for school visits.

 
BOOK TRIVIA
Stafford's Pier Restaurant
9:00 p.m.
The Festival is hosting a fun, prized-filled evening of book trivia. Bring your own team of 4-6 people, or come and we’ll pair you with new bookish friends. Match your knowledge against that of other book enthusiasts in a fun venue. It’s going to be a great night to be a book nerd, but you don’t have to be one to compete. The charge is $20 per team, or $5 for singles. Check or cash only the night of the event. Register your team Saturday at 9:00 p.m. at Stafford's Pier to participate. Proceeds will be donated to a charity to be determined.