Harbor Springs Festival of the Book returns with a sold-out event

HARBOR SPRINGS — The Harbor Springs Festival of the Book is celebrating its seventh year with a weekend-long event beginning this Thursday, Sept. 22 and running through Sunday, Sept. 25.

The sold-out festival will bring in authors from a breadth of genres, from cookbooks to fiction. There will be 41 authors and illustrators coming to the event.

Amy Gillard, executive director of the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book, said the festival is accomplishing the three things the founders had in mind when starting the festival: Bringing a literary festival to Harbor Springs, offering educational opportunities to the community and serving as an economic stimulus.

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“We couldn’t be more excited,” Gillard said.

Now seven festivals later, the festival has outgrown its old style. A total of 1,100 people were registered for the event before selling-out this year’s festival — but people did not always have to register ahead of time.

Attendance has increased enough for the festival to require registration so people know exactly how many people can be accommodated at the festival.

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People pick up presenters' books at the 2018 Festival of the Book in Harbor Springs.

Throughout the weekend, there will be more than 30 individual presentations attended will have the option to go to. There will be picture book and poetry readings, followed by the opportunity to have books signed by the authors.

“Our mission is to inspire readers of all ages and celebrate the culture of books in a beautiful part of the world.” Gillard said. “Bringing traditionally published authors and illustrators, from around the country to come to this community and talk about their work and their process, and their ideas is really dynamic and really exciting.”

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