Harbor Springs Festival of the Book brings renowned, nationally-published authors to Northern Michigan.
See the 2019 Festival presenters below. The final list will be confirmed by early June. Sign up for our newsletter for updates.
Brock Clarke is the author of seven works of fiction. His eighth is the novel Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe? (Algonquin, August 2019). He is the A. LeRoy Greason Professor of English and Creative Writing at Bowdoin College.
Ben Fountain's most recent book is Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution, which examines the 2016 presidential election from within and without while trying to make sense of our increasingly unhinged national life. He is also the author of a story collection, Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, and a novel, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, which was adapted into a feature film by three-time Oscar winner Ang Lee. Fountain's work has received the PEN/Hemingway Award, the National Book Critics' Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, an O.Henry Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award in both the U.S. and the U.K. (international authors division). He lives in Dallas, Texas.
David Baker is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize winner Never-Ending Birds, and six books of prose. Among his awards are prizes and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Mellon Foundation, and Society of Midland Authors. He holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where he lives, and is poetry editor of the Kenyon Review. Swift is his most recent collection of poetry.
B.H. Fairchild is the author of seven collections of poetry, including The Arrival of the Future; Local Knowledge; The Art of the Lathe, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and also received the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, the PEN West Poetry Award, and the California Book Award; Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress; Usher; and The Blue Buick: New and Selected Poems, which was one of two books of poetry chosen for the ALA 2015 Notable Books List and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He has been awarded Guggenheim, NEA, and Rockefeller (Bellagio) fellowships and has twice appeared in The Best American Poetry.
Rebecca Lehmann is the author of the poetry collections Ringer, winner of the 2018 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, and Between the Crackups. Her poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in Tin House, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Copper Nickel and other venues. She lives in South Bend, Indiana, where she is an Assistant Professor of English at Saint Mary's College.
Prageeta Sharma is the author of the poetry collections Grief Sequence (Wave Books, September 2019), Undergloom, Infamous Landscapes, The Opening Question, which won the 2004 Fence Modern Poets Prize, and Bliss to Fill. She is the founder of the conference Thinking Its Presence: Race, Creative Writing, Literary Studies and Art. A recipient of the 2010 Howard Foundation Award, she has taught at the University of Montana and now teaches at Pomona College.
CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK
Denis Markell has written all sorts of things, from sitcoms to off-Broadway musicals, but nothing has given him as much enjoyment or satisfaction as writing novels for kids—the puzzle-packed mystery Click Here to Start and the Dungeons & Dragons-inspired adventure The Game Masters of Garden Place. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, illustrator Melissa Iwai, and his son, Jamie. Although their apartment is not haunted, they suspect their Shiba Inu puppy, Nikki, might be demonically possessed.
New York Times bestselling author Dan Wetzel has been a Yahoo Sports national columnist since 2003. He's covered events and stories around the globe, including college football, the NFL, the MLB, the NHL, the NBA, the UFC, the World Cup, and the Olympics. For years, he's been called America's best sports columnist, appeared repeatedly in the prestigious Best American Sports Writing, and been honored more than a dozen times by the Associated Press Sports Editors. Epic Athletes: Tom Brady and Epic Athletes: Serena Williams (Henry Holt, August 2019) continue his series of sports biographies for middle readers.