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The mission of the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book is to inspire readers of all ages and celebrate the culture of books in a beautiful part of the world.

We are so excited about our 2019 events and schedule. Of the 53 Festival presenters, six are National Book Award finalists. Nine authors will be debuting work in adult, young adult, or middle grade fiction. And, the schedule will include three cookbook events, which have become Festival favorites! A complete list of presenters is available here.

For those events that do required a ticket, they can be purchased now.

The “Schedule at Glance” is available here to view & download. The complete schedule, with session descriptions, will be available later this month. Important Festival details will be announced by newsletter and social media so make sure you are signed up and following us.


What is the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book?

Held in beautiful Harbor Springs, Michigan, the Festival is a three-day celebration of readers, writers, books, and the literary craft. Featuring nationally-published authors and illustrators across eight genres, the majority of Festival sessions are held in venues in downtown Harbor Springs and are free to the public.

Listen to what our 2018 presenters have to say about why you should consider putting the Festival on your 2019 calendar!


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Harbor Springs, Michigan is a beautiful town on Highway 119, on the north shore of Little Traverse Bay, about 1.5 hours from Traverse City, 3 hours from Grand Rapids and 4.5 hours from Detroit.

Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City and Pellston Regional Airport are the nearest airports.


Visit for information about area lodging.

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If you have questions, comments, or would like to be contacted about volunteer opportunities, please complete our form or contact us below. Thank you for your interest. 

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  • PHONE: 231-838-2725

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  • MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 766, Harbor Springs, MI 49740

  • office address: 160 state street, harbor springs, mi 49740



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I’ve done other book festivals, and this is one of the best! Beautiful town, passionate readers, a wide array of writers, fascinating sessions—all in a spectacular setting.
— Rene Denfeld, '18 Presenter