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 Coordinator

Andy Donahoe
School Visit Coordinator & Executive Assistant

Bess Bleyaert
Author Coordinator

Joan McDonald
Volunteer Coordinator


If every book festival was as well organized and attracted such a fine group of authors and book lovers as the HSFOTB, I’d never even bother going home. The fact that it was held in one of the most charming little towns in the country was the icing on the cake. I can only hope to be invited back.
— Ken Haedrich, '17 Presenter