Character driven storytelling allows the writer to develop a strong and undeniable voice for his main character or characters, so much so that this is the element with which readers connect, empathize and associate the novel. Books in which characters are memorable, excel at crafting personalities and thoughts that hold a mirror up to the reader, at times unsettlingly revealing or comfortably familiar.
Presenters: Jack Cheng, Gabe Habash, Brendan Kiely, and Adam Silvera
ROBIN SLOAN BRUNCH
Birchwood Country Club
11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Birchwood Country Club hosts brunch Sunday as Robin Sloan discusses his latest, Sourdough. Can you guess what’s on the menu? Robin does for the world of food what he did for the world of books in Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. $50 ticket includes book and meal.
CHRONICLING OUR NATURAL WORLD ON THE PAGE
Harbor Springs Area Historical Society
Some of us explore the world outside our own front doors, while others travel far and wide to observe the majesty of the global natural world. Writers are able to capture and lay down the essence of that which surrounds us—and which we too often take for granted—by exploring through travelogue, memoir, poetry and activism, just how connected we are to other people on this planet, as well as the planet as a whole.
Presenters: Donovan Hohn, Josh MacIvor-Anderson, and Cindy Hunter Morgan
MAKING THE FANTASTICAL BELIEVABLE
Harbor Springs Public Library
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