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Bright lights at Harbor Springs Festival of the Books

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It’s never too early to plan ahead. If you’d like to attend the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book, we recommend planning well in advance to register. The festival, an annual collection of writers and illustrators, rivals gatherings anywhere in the country or even more, takes place from September 23rd to 26th in various locations around town.

This year’s festival features more than 30 presenters in genres ranging from noir fiction to poetry and everything in between.

Among them is Chris Dombrowski, author of “The River You Touch,” a first-time parenting story set against the backdrop of the adventures of a river guide near his home in Montana.

A native of Michigan, Dombrowski is also the Assistant Director of Creative Writing at the University of Montana in Missoula and an accomplished poet. He calls the new book from the milkweed edition “an oarsman’s ode… full of anxiety” about parenthood and “his own complicity in destroying what he claims to worship.” This is neither an excuse nor a warning, but a candid assessment of his state of mind at the confluence of responsibility and aspiration.