Our Mission

Since our first Festival in 2016, the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book has been celebrating the culture of books in a beautiful part of the world. Our mission is:

  • To gather authors, readers, and artists together in Harbor Springs.

  • To support education and literacy through book events in the schools.

  • To enhance the economic and cultural future of Harbor Springs and neighboring communities.


Board of Directors

Julia Fogarty

Maureen Abood
Vice Chair

Sara E. Smith

Susan Sparrow Carson

Peggy Abood
Patty Danzo
Karen Ford
F.W. Skip Renker
Steve Selden
Lee Walsh
Glen Young


Amy J. Gillard
Executive Director

Katie Capaldi Boeckl
Literary Director

Andy Donahoe
School Visit Coordinator

Bess Bleyaert
Author Coordinator

Joan McDonald
Volunteer Coordinator


The Harbor Springs Festival of the Book is a unique combination of community and art, and attendees and presenters alike feel a bit like family by the end of the weekend. Certainly one of the best festivals I’ve ever attended!
— Leah Thomas, '18 Presenter