Can I Read at the Loft?
Our Signature Events
The Loft hosts and sponsors events associated with our core programs and goals.
The Loft is focused on producing linked classes and events around themes. We plan these events about 4-6 months in advance and they are typically conversations around topics related to the themes and involve multiple authors or experts. Please review our themes page and let us know if you have a good idea for an upcoming theme event.
Each class term (fall, winter, summer), the Loft Education department offers a reading for students in adult and youth classes.
The Loft also schedules readings throughout the year for current participants in the following programs:
- Equilibrium, our spoken-word series
- Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose
- McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers
The Loft also frequently collaborates with other literary nonprofits to produce events.
Other Ways We Can Help Promote Your Book
If you have a new book published and are on tour or interested in doing a publication launch, congratulations! The Loft does not have the ability to accommodate the number of book launch requests we receive. Here are other ways in which we can help you celebrate your new book:
- list it on our website’s Community Postings Board
- display a copy in our Resource Library
- apply for our grants and awards to continue your artistic and professional development !
We also recommend contacting the following fine bookstores and venues to see if they can accommodate you:
- Boneshaker Books — firstname.lastname@example.org
- Common Good Books — email@example.com
- Magers & Quinn
- Micawber Books
- Moon Palace Books — firstname.lastname@example.org
- Once Upon a Crime Books — email@example.com
- SubText Books — firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mayday Books — call 612-333-4719
- Birchbark Books — email@example.com
- Wild Rumpus — firstname.lastname@example.org
- Red Balloon Bookshop (Children-Young adult; 3 to 6 months lead time) — email@example.com
- Addendum Books (specializes in YA)
Spaces at the Loft and Open Book
The Target Performance Hall (across from the Loft office) is a shared-use facility. The Loft does not control its schedule. It is managed by the independent nonprofit Open Book. Open Book is home to three independent nonprofit organizations—Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Milkweed Editions, and the Loft. All of these organizations rent their space from Open Book. For more information on Open Book, visit www.openbookmn.org.
Because the Loft doesn't control the performance hall schedule, dates may appear as “open” on the Loft’s calendar, but that does not mean the performance hall is available. Often it is being used by another tenant of Open Book, or it has been rented out by other organizations or individuals. Open Book is a beautiful community resource and we are proud to play a role in keeping it sustainable.
Authors or publishers may rent the Target Performance Hall through the Open Book general manager. If you are interested in doing so, please send a query to Joe Skifter, general manager of Open Book (firstname.lastname@example.org). Note that frequently, promotional materials for such readings incorrectly list them as taking place at the Loft, rather than at Open Book. While these events take place at Open Book, the Loft is not actually involved in the curation, promotion, or production of these events.
In addition to the performance hall, Open Book also rents small meeting rooms.