Saturday, September 30, 2017

We regret that the timing of the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book this year is such that it conflicts with Yom Kippur. We apologize for the conflict as we value the presence and contributions of the Jewish community to our Northern Michigan area and to the larger culture of books. We will work to avoid scheduling conflicts of this kind in the future.

The Harbor Springs Festival of the Book Pop-Up Bookstore, brought to you by Between the Covers, is located in the Community Center of Holy Childhood Church. The store will be open Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Please click here to download a .pdf of the 2017 Festival Program.
PRESENTER, VENUE & TIME PROGRAM INFORMATION
THE CRAFT OF KEEPING READERS IN SUSPENSE
Lyric Theatre
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


 
IN CONVERSATION WITH DENISE KIERNAN AND DAWN MACKEEN
Harbor Springs History Museum
9:00 a.m.
Join two of our Festival authors for an informal conversation about their backgrounds as journalists, their research processes and the experience of writing one's family's history versus the history of another family. Both have also penned nonfiction works influenced by war, long-buried secrets and the search for truth. No one knows where the conversation may lead, but the audience is encouraged to come with questions!
 
PICTURE BOOK READINGS
Harbor Springs Public Library
9:30 a.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.

READING SCHEDULE

Programming will start at 9:30 a.m. and a new presentation will begin every 20 minutes.


Terry Border
Sarvinder Naberhaus
Salina Yoon
Leslie Helakoski
Lisa Wheeler
 
"BOOK IT" FUN RUN IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LITTLE TRAVERSE HALF MARATHON
Kids' Run Table in Marathon Finish Area
9:30 a.m. Registration    10:30 a.m. Run

Join the fun and run alongside some of your favorite children's book characters. The Half Marathon is partnering with the Festival to support literacy and a love of reading and all things “book." Free for kids ages four years and up. Kids can run a ¼ or ½ mile course ending through the official Little Traverse Half Marathon finish chute to cross the finish line alongside racers.

REGISTER: Saturday, 9:30 a.m.—10:15 a.m. at the Kids’ Run table in the finish area in Zorn Park.

START: Meet at the large maple tree just beyond the finish chute. Look for orange cones and Kids’ Run signs.

10:25 a.m.—Mandatory meeting. 10:30 am—Start the ¼ mile sprint with the ½ mile sprint to follow.

 
MAKING THE FANTASTICAL BELIEVABLE
Harbor Springs History Museum
10:30 a.m.

Fantasy does not always need a trademark fire breathing dragon or weapon-wielding goblin to qualify as such. Rather, the most interesting jaunts into the realm of the fantastical can occur when writers stretch the reader's definition of reality. While we may not witness acts of witchcraft, swashbuckling, the supernatural or the miraculous in our everyday lives, that does not mean that they don't exist. When wholly-drawn characters and fully-realized stories are added to the mix, those things that might usually take us by surprise may just begin to seem possible.


Presenters: Corey Ann Haydu, Mackenzi Lee, and Ronald L. Smith

 
TALES FROM THE OUTSIDER
Lyric Theatre
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, Maryse Meijer, and Jeff Zentner

 
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. Tickets are no longer available for pucahse online. Tickets may be purchased at the event.

READING SCHEDULE
11:00 a.m. Erin Entrada Kelly
11:15 a.m. Drew Philp
11:30 a.m. David Francis
11:45 a.m. Kia Corthron
12:00 p.m. Carmen Maria Machado
12:15 p.m. Ronald L. Smith
12:30 p.m. Ben Loory
12:45 p.m. Jessie Chaffee


 
POETRY READINGS
Offices of Coldwell Banker
1:15 p.m.—4:45 p.m.

POETRY READING SCHEDULE

1:15 p.m. Laura Shovan
1:45 p.m. Skip Renker
2:15 p.m. Marcus Wicker
2:45 p.m. Fleda Brown
3:15 p.m. Cindy Hunter Morgan
3:45 p.m. Victoria Redel
4:15 p.m. TBA
 
WORDS WITH PICTURES AND PICTURES WITH WORDS
Harbor Springs History Museum
1:15 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

 
SECRETS, LEGACIES AND HERITAGE
Harbor Springs United Methodist Church
1:15 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

 
THE POWER OF IMAGINATION
Harbor Springs History Museum
2:45 p.m

Is it possible to take an implausible plot and infuse it with enough heart, wit and imagination to make readers invested in the characters, the plot and the world that has been created specifically for the story? These middle grade authors have excelled at crafting books that illustrate the unlimited bounds of the human imagination, while maintaining an element that is relatable. How do their ideas come about? What is this power of the imagined that appeals to readers both young and old?

Presenters: Caroline Carlson, Lauren Magaziner, Simon Van Booy

 
THE ART OF WRITING SHORT WORKS
Harbor Springs United Methodist Church
2:45 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

 
LOYAL FRIENDS FOR TOUGH TIMES
Harbor Springs United Methodist Church
4:15 p.m.

What do a dog named Carl Sagan (plus a golden iPod), the universe (with the help of three brave kids), and some epic poetry (shared over the course of a single school year) have in common? They are all the loyal and unexpected friends at the heart of these novels about being different, sticking up for one's beliefs, and finding one's place in the world. It is no secret that life—even for a kid—can be challenging and unfair, so the writer who is able to share a story that convincingly and tenderly narrates the highs and lows of adolescence is one who is able to convey a message that makes us all feel a little bit better at the end of the day.

Presenters: Jack Cheng, Erin Entrada Kelly, and Laura Shovan

 
DAN JONES presents The Templars
Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center
4:15 p.m.

New York Times and international bestselling historian and author, and star of the popular Netflix series on the Secrets of Great British Castles, Dan Jones, presents his latest release, The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors.

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

Come to Holy Childhood Church Community Center 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.

Tickets are no longer available for purchase online. However, you may still purchase tickets at the event venue upon arrival.

 
BOOK TRIVIA CONTEST
Holy Childhood Church Community Center
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 Holy Childhood Community Center to participate. Proceeds will be donated to the Festival's Fund to purchase books for schools.