• Festival

The Loft's Wordplay

Sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio



Stephen King, Amy Tan, Mitch Albom, Various artists


The Loft Literary Center
1011 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415

The Loft's Wordplay | May 11–12, 2019

The Loft's Wordplay, presented by St. Catherine University and the Star Tribune, is coming this May and our visiting author lineup is now available—including visits from Stephen King, Mitch Albom, Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Bill McKibben, Tommy Orange, Jared Diamond, Jamaica Kincaid, and many more! There will also be a Friday night author concert with the Rock Bottom Remainders at First Avenue.

The Loft’s Wordplay will launch in May of 2019 and aims to be Minnesota's largest celebration of readers, writers, and great books. Imagine a weekend full of famous authors and celebrated books; a weekend of readings, conversations, workshops, kids’ activities, demonstrations, and one-of-a-kind happenings with outdoor stages, cooking stages, book signings, quiet reading corners, boisterous parties, food trucks, beer tents, and books, books, books.

Minnesota has one of the most celebrated literary communities in the country. We are rich with presses, locally owned bookstores, author events, writing classes, and great writers. We are perennially ranked one of the most literate communities in the country. A community like ours deserves a celebration like Wordplay.

There will be something for every reader at Wordplay. Whether your book club reads literary fiction or paranormal zombie romance, whether you get your books at your library or on your e-reader, or even if the last book you read was a movie, this festival will be for you. Wordplay’s mission is to celebrate the ways in which people connect to and through words and welcomes anyone who shares a belief in the connective power of story.