Our Mission

To inspire readers of all ages and to celebrate the culture of books in a beautiful part of the world.

Our Vision

From the streets to the storefronts, our town is transformed into a celebration of books during the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book’s premier three-day event. The Festival and a variety of literary events throughout the year inspire readers of all ages. We strive to be recognized for the Festival’s significant economic and cultural impact on our community.


Board of Directors

Julia Fogarty

Maureen Abood
Vice Chair

Sara E. Smith

Susan Sparrow Carson

Peggy Abood
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

Susan Capaldi
Author Coordinator

Joan McDonald
Volunteer Coordinator

Joanne Stewart
Assistant 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