Friday Soup & Stories
Sep
27
11:00 AM11:00

Friday Soup & Stories

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A come-and-go lunch and author reading.  Drop in anytime to listen or purchase soup (My Sister's Bake Shop), bread (Crooked Tree Breadworks), and dessert (Tom's Mom's Cookies). Beginning at 11:00 a.m., every 15 minutes different authors will be reading brief selections from their works. Tickets available here until midnight on Tuesday, September 24. A few ticket may be available at the door, but if you would like to purchase a ticket, you need to do so by September 24th.

Friday authors in order of appearance: 
James Geary
Juliet Grames
Cathleen Schine
Mary Norris
Chanelle Benz
Ben Fountain
Angie Kim
Steven Rowley
Tea Obreht

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Lunch with Andrea Nguyen
Sep
27
11:30 AM11:30

Lunch with Andrea Nguyen

Join Andrea Nguyen, cookbook author, for lunch and conversation about her book, Vietnamese Food Any Day. The lunch menu will come from Andrea’s cookbook. This is an advanced purchase ticketed event. A cookbook will be gifted to each ticket holder.   
Seating begins at 11:30 a.m. Food service begins at 11:45 a.m.
Tickets available here.

Moderator: Matt Bugera


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Setting as Character
Sep
27
1:30 PM13:30

Setting as Character

Presenters: David Baker, Chanelle Benz, B. H. Fairchild, Lillian Li
Moderator:  Pat Hoffman

We often hear the term “sense of place” batted about in reference to books that are so accurately descriptive that the setting is easily felt and envisioned by the reader. While building the setting in such a way can make for good writing, books often become even more interesting when the setting is personified and takes on an identity as established as that of any of the characters. The place—be it a geographic region, a building, or something as expansive as the natural world—can, just as easily as any of the humans walking through these stories, influence the plot, have a unique voice, and become a living and breathing entity.


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The Many Ways We Play with Words
Sep
27
1:30 PM13:30

The Many Ways We Play with Words

Presenters: James Geary, Mary Norris, Cathleen Schine
Moderator: Dianna Behl

Whether you’re that person who silently corrects everyone’s grammar, or the one whose grammar needs correcting, you won’t want to miss this clever romp through rhetoric, etymology and wordplay! Don’t worry if you don’t know your em-dash from your en-dash, the proper way to use a semicolon, or the definition of a gerund, as our presenters are smart enough to know we can’t all be grammar snobs. They package their love of language in stories that connect the entire spectrum of readers—from technophile to luddite.


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Smart Suspense
Sep
27
3:00 PM15:00

Smart Suspense

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Presenters: Angie Kim, Jennifer Mathieu, Deborah Goodrich Royce, Tim Wynne-Jones
Moderator:  Karen Nemecek

Many readers can recall the first time they cracked open a book that kept them awake, flashlight in hand, flipping pages until the wee hours of the morning. The book was likely one filled with twists and turns, cliff hangers, and a mystery that kept the reader guessing. Too often, we began to find these stories predictable and in need of original plots, experimental narrative structures, and believably-flawed characters. The authors that rise to the occasion are those who craft intelligent suspense novels that do not succumb to the tropes and cliches of the genre, yet still manage to keep us up well after bedtime.


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The Working Creative Life
Sep
27
3:00 PM15:00

The Working Creative Life

Presenters: Jeff Gordinier, Juliet Grames, Steven Rowley, Julie Schumacher
Moderator: Ellen Shanman

Anyone who has endeavored to make a living as an author knows full well that this does not mean giving up the day job. Those day jobs include just about anything you could imagine, but how does one balance the two careers? Our presenters have and have held positions as journalists, editors, a screenwriter and a professor, and are well-equipped to offer insight into how their working lives influence and impact their creative lives, specifically their featured works. Come for an equal dose of reality and inspiration!


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Keynote Presentation with Elliot Ackerman with guest host Benjamin Busch
Sep
27
7:30 PM19:30

Keynote Presentation with Elliot Ackerman with guest host Benjamin Busch

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Eliot Ackerman, National Book Award Finalist, former White House Fellow and Silver Star, Bronze Star of Valor and Purple Heart decorated Marine, will discuss his latest work of nonfiction, Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning, with guest host Benjamin Busch.  Tickets available here.

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Metaphysics & Modernity
Sep
28
9:00 AM09:00

Metaphysics & Modernity

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Presenters: Amitav Ghosh, Téa Obreht 
Moderator: Terry Gamble

How can two tales steeped in myth and the abstract illuminate the times in which we find ourselves living today? Both harrowing adventures (one set in the harsh and haunted West at the turn of the 20th century and the other spanning the breadth of the globe in present day), these accomplished novels feature protagonists who find themselves up against unstoppable forces, both real and imagined. Though their journeys may be lonely, it is only through chance encounters that they are able to navigate the borders of the shifting worlds they inhabit.


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Research: How Deep is the Rabbit Hole?
Sep
28
9:00 AM09:00

Research: How Deep is the Rabbit Hole?

Presenters: James Mustich, Jim Ottaviani, Dan Wetzel
Moderator: Wil
Cwikiel

All writing requires research, but authors of nonfiction are held especially accountable for the facts and information they choose to present. But with a seemingly endless supply of available knowledge, how do writers know when to stop? How do they sift through material and not slip into a bottomless rabbit hole? When and how do they conduct interviews? And how do they decide in which direction to head next? Who better to ask than the panelists who have found themselves in these exact situations?


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Small Town, Dark Secrets
Sep
28
9:00 AM09:00

Small Town, Dark Secrets

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Presenters: Chanelle Benz, Lydia Fitzpatrick, Meagan Lucas
Moderator
: Kacey Riley

While we’re not talking about Harbor Springs here, there are certainly traits common to small towns that tend to breed secrecy. Family histories are entwined over generations. Crime and corruption exist without recompense. Everyone knows everyone else’s business and, as much as various groups may despise one another, they loathe outsiders even more. Throw in the racial tension of the Deep South, or the demanding culture of remotest Russia, and the protagonists in these stories have no choice but to uncover other’s past wrongdoings and to bury their own in the process.


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Picture Book Readings - Author/Illustrator
Sep
28
9:00 AM09:00

Picture Book Readings - Author/Illustrator

Presenters: Will Hillenbrand, Juana Media, and Lindsay Moore
Moderator:  Amelie Dawson

Join our uniquely talented group of picture book authors and illustrators as they share their featured works and demo their particular styles of illustration. Each will sign their work following their presentation.

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Jane Mount Ideal Bookshelf Orders
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Jane Mount Ideal Bookshelf Orders

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Let Jane create your ideal bookshelf. How does she do that, you ask? You pick your favorites from her list of available books. A single archival print is made on fine art paper of those together, compiled from various images previously painted by Jane and arranged just for you. Choose how many books you'd like and on what size paper If you don't see a book on the list, feel free to ask about it; sometimes the list is not completely up-to-date. When will you receive the print? Unframed custom prints usually take 1-2 weeks, depending on the queue at the time. The cost of your print will vary based upon the numbers of books on your shelf.


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The Machinations of Power
Sep
28
10:30 AM10:30

The Machinations of Power

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Presenters: Elliot Ackerman, Ben Fountain
Moderator: Glen Young

Writers, readers, civilians, veterans—we are all attempting to make sense of the tactics and designs of the powerful forces at play in creating our recent state of affairs at home and overseas. From the United States engagement in enigmatic wars on foreign soil to being swept up in the 2016 election, authors like Eliot Ackerman and Ben Fountain reflect on America’s history and their personal relationships to their country in order to process this chaos. They, the characters in their novels, and their readers are all just seeking a way forward.


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Elevating the Experience of Reading for Pleasure
Sep
28
10:30 AM10:30

Elevating the Experience of Reading for Pleasure

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Presenters: Brock Clarke, James Geary, Steven Rowley, Julie Schumacher 
Moderator:  Kent Case

Let’s be honest—we all read for pleasure, but while our taste in literature is subjective, it is not unusual to assume that the more difficult the read, the more worthwhile the content. These presenters have, however, turned that idea inside out, elevating thoroughly enjoyable and engaging content into intellectually stimulating reads by employing satire, humor, repartee, and a whole lot more! It is a treat for readers when good writing, an original premise and even some enlightenment along the way can demonstrate just how gratifying reading for pleasure can be.


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The Beautiful Messiness of Family
Sep
28
10:30 AM10:30

The Beautiful Messiness of Family

Presenters: Lydia Fitzpatrick, Terry Gamble, Peter Orner, Cathleen Schine
Moderator: Katherine Taylor

We can all relate to the complications of family dynamics, no matter if we are considering those relationships we inherit or those we adopt. The bonds may be created by the technicalities of blood or marriage, but they also often point to the more subtle bonds of heritage and memory. Through the avenue of fiction, each panelist adeptly navigates his or her characters’ connections to one another and to the notion of “home”—a fluctuating construct of belonging, redemption, love and understanding—always just out of reach, yet filled with possibility.


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Food & the Immigrant Experience
Sep
28
10:30 AM10:30

Food & the Immigrant Experience

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Presenters: Juliet Grames, Priya Krishna, Lillian Li
Moderator: Maureen Abood

Every culture has a food identity, an umbrella term that can describe everything from how different groups of people select and acquire food, to how it is prepared and served, to who ends up eating it. One could argue that those who come to a new country as immigrants have a stronger connection to their food identity, as it serves as a link to their homelands, their ancestors, and their rituals. To be able to share—through novel, memoir or cookbook—in another culture’s customs (foodie or otherwise) is to experience the ways in which our differences can also bring us together.


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Saturday Soup & Stories
Sep
28
11:00 AM11:00

Saturday Soup & Stories

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A come-and-go lunch and author reading. Drop in anytime to listen. You can bring your own lunch or purchase soup (My Sister's Bake Shop), bread (Crooked Tree Breadworks), and dessert (Tom's Mom's Cookies). Beginning at 11:00 a.m., every 15 minutes different authors will be reading brief selections from their works. Tickets available here until midnight on Tuesday, September 24. A few ticket may be available at the door, but if you would like to purchase a ticket, you need to do so by September 24th.

Saturday authors in order of appearance:
Sara Faring
Jeff Gordinier
Jennifer Mathieu
Jasmine Warga
Deborah Goodrich Royce
Tim Wynne-Jones
Peter Orner
Brock Clarke

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Riddle Me This
Sep
28
1:15 PM13:15

Riddle Me This

Presenters: Russell Ginns, Kate Hannigan, Denis Markell 
Moderator: Lisa Blanchard

Riddles, enigmas, codes, mysteries and ciphers have existed since the dawn of time, so it is no wonder that these complex conundrums continue to defy logic and capture the imaginations of readers today. Even better is when the reader is given the chance to follow the clues right alongside the players in the story. While these puzzling tales may be disguised in different packages—some funny, some fantastical and some ripped right from the pages of history—anyone interested in sleuthing will find plenty of reasons to fall head over gumshoes for these rollicking middle grade reads!


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Sister Pie & Ice Cream with Lisa Ludwinski
Sep
28
1:15 PM13:15

Sister Pie & Ice Cream with Lisa Ludwinski

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Join Lisa Ludwinski from Sister Pie, as she discusses her pie, her cookbook, and her bakery, which she started as a home-based business out of her parent’s kitchen and is now a thriving Detroit entity. This is an advance purchase ticketed event and will include pie tasting from Lisa’s cookbook, Sister Pie, baked by Lauretta Reiss from Small Batch and ice cream from Harbor Ice Cream.

Moderator: Jib Liska 

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.
NOTE: SEATING WILL BEGIN AT 1:15 P.M.

 


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Conversations in our World Today
Sep
28
1:15 PM13:15

Conversations in our World Today

Presenters: Tina Chang, Ben Fountain, Amitav Ghosh, Mitali Perkins
Moderator: Katie Blanchard

Writers have the distinct ability and platform to distill what is going on in the world today, never shying away from difficult topics but rather presenting them in ways to which we all can relate. Penning works ranging from essays to novels to poetry, they reflect many of the concerns of ordinary citizens and shine a mirror up to the reality in which we find ourselves. With generous hearts and courageous minds, our presenters address race, violence, politics, trafficking, identity, and climate change, and encourage necessary discourse on these timely subjects, thereby allowing readers to validate their opinions or enabling them to change their beliefs.


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The Artist as Illustrator (& Author!)
Sep
28
1:15 PM13:15

The Artist as Illustrator (& Author!)

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Presenters: Will Hillenbrand, Juana Medina, Lindsay Moore, Jane Mount
Moderator: Susan Glass

For those ultra-talented types who are equally gifted with words and visual arts, it is natural to wonder what comes first—the illustration or the writing? It is also curious to know what education and careers have led these authors-illustrators to the point where they are donning both creative hats. And perhaps most interesting, from an audience perspective, is the chance to sit back and watch as each presenter demonstrates his or her unique style of artwork live!


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Poetry Readings
Sep
28
2:00 PM14:00

Poetry Readings

Presenters:  Prageeta Sharma (2:00 pm), Rebecca Lehmann (2:30pm), B.H. Fairchild (3:00pm), Tina Chang (3:30pm), David Baker (4:00pm) 
Introduced by:  Skip Renker

Stop by and listen to our diverse and talented group of poets are they read from their featured works. Each presenter will sign their work after their reading.

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Collaboration & the Creative Process with Sarah Stewart & David Small
Sep
28
2:45 PM14:45

Collaboration & the Creative Process with Sarah Stewart & David Small

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Presenters: David Small, Sarah Stewart 
Moderator: Susan Capaldi

Sarah Stewart and David Small are two of the most beloved and recognized names in the last half-century of children’s picture book publishing. Their collaborative works, as well as David’s independent graphic works, have been featured on countless best seller lists and have received such recognition as to be named Caldecott Honor titles (The Library and The Gardener) and National Book Award finalists (Stitches). The Harbor Springs Festival of the Book is honored for the rare opportunity to discuss not only the couple’s most recent project (This Book of Mine) and David’s latest graphic novel (Home After Dark), but to also sneak a glimpse of how their personal-professional relationship has created some of the most cherished stories for readers young and old.


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Odysseys Within & Without
Sep
28
2:45 PM14:45

Odysseys Within & Without

Presenters: Brock Clarke, Jeff Gordinier, Mary Norris, Prageeta Sharma
Moderator: Julie Spencer

It is assumed that an odyssey is characterized by an arduous voyage with perils at every turn, when so often the more challenging journey takes place internally. While many such adventures involve trekking over land and sea, it is by no means a requirement, and the outward experience often serves to mirror the emotional and psychological struggle within. Whether through fiction, travelogue, memoir or poetry, these writers utilize storytelling as a tool to navigate life’s greatest joys and sorrows, thereby letting their readers know, you are not alone.


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The Many Faces of Speculative Fiction
Sep
28
2:45 PM14:45

The Many Faces of Speculative Fiction

Presenters: Sara Faring, Téa Obreht, Rory Power, Andromeda Romano-Lax
Moderator: Leah Williams

What better way to escape from this world than to lose oneself in a place and time that bears little resemblance to what we know? Building on elements of science fiction, legend, the paranormal, magical realism and dystopia, these writers imagine realms in which readers can simply exist and play for a time. It’s not all just fun and games, however, as these thought-provoking reads leave the lingering (even haunting) sensation that perhaps these fictional worlds are not so unfamiliar after all.


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All-Presenter Book Signing & Happy Hour
Sep
28
5:00 PM17:00

All-Presenter Book Signing & Happy Hour

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Enjoy a beverage as you visit with available presenters as they sign and personalize their works. All presenters’ books will be available for sale at the pop-up bookstore, presented by Between the Covers.

Drink tickets available here. Donations are also appreciated and will benefit the Festival’s Books for Schools Fund for author visits to local classrooms.

 

 


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Perspectives on the Female Voice
Sep
29
9:00 AM09:00

Perspectives on the Female Voice

Presenters: Angie Kim, Rebecca Lehmann, Jasmine Warga
Moderator: Ellen Shanman

The women of this country currently find themselves in the swirl of a sea change, and the tide has only begun to rise. From young girls to the matriarchal generations before them, the voices, experiences and perspectives of women are nuanced and distinct, yet rally together with a universality full of rage, power and hope. Addressing the many facets of being female in our world today—mother, daughter, sister, caregiver, domestic, immigrant, oppressed—our panelists present three books that exemplify the dichotomy of both softness and strength that resides in all women.


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Writing History Across Genres
Sep
29
9:00 AM09:00

Writing History Across Genres

Presenters: Terry Gamble, Jim Ottaviani, Andromeda Romano-Lax, Steve Sheinkin
Moderator: Cyndi Kramer

In recent years, the publishing industry has seen a boom in the myriad ways it is able to deliver history to readers. Gone are the days of dry and erudite tomes from tweedy academics, we now live in the era of history presented as fiction, narrative nonfiction and graphic works. These panelists draw inspiration from vastly differing styles and genres to relay four remarkable histories: a fictional retelling of the author’s family’s emigration to America, an illustrated biography of one of the greatest thinkers of our time, a science fiction novel that tackles a dark past and an even darker future, and a true story of one of the most fascinating moments in American history (of which you’ve never heard).


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Lives Lived, Books Read, Stories Shared
Sep
29
10:30 AM10:30

Lives Lived, Books Read, Stories Shared

Presenters: Jane Mount, James Mustich, Peter Orner
Moderator: Lisa Blanchard

Affectionately referred to as the “feel-good panel” by the Festival’s author committee, this session rounds out the weekend by focusing purely on the things that have brought us together: books. Presented in entirely different packages, the panelist’s featured works showcase the writers and stories that hold places of importance in their lives. Not only will you leave this event with a list of dozens (if not 1,000) books to add to your bedside stack, but you will also leave with the promise that the written word is not even close to dead. Vivat libris!

 

 


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Score One for S.T.E.M
Sep
29
10:30 AM10:30

Score One for S.T.E.M

Presenters: Sarah R. Baughman, Carolyn Crimi,, Kate Hannigan, Mae Respicio
Moderator: Sara Grochowski

While many schools, teachers and parents are placing an increased emphasis on growing programs and interest in S.T.E.M., it’s the rare reader who reaches for a book filled with proofs and equations. Luckily, for those who possess that interest, they can turn to writers like our four panelists, who are able to work S.T.E.M. concepts into middle grade novels that manage to be both exciting and educational at once. Whether through the magical world of robotics, the heroic history of code breaking, the environmental investigation into a mythical creature, or the building of a tiny home and the family within its walls; these stories give voice to characters both super-smart and completely relatable.


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