Wordplay FAQ



When and where will Wordplay take place?

Wordplay 2020 is May 9. More details coming soon.


Which authors are coming to Wordplay?

Our 2020 lineup is in the works. As names are added, they will be posted here.


How should I get to Wordplay? Where can I park?

The 2020 festival map is coming soon. Wordplay does NOT have a dedicated parking lot, but paid lot and street parking is available nearby.

NOTE: Parking is tricky in Downtown East, so we highly encourage you to walk, bike, or take public transit to Wordplay! If you’re taking the bus or light rail, you can use MetroTransit’s trip planner. If you’re cycling, we’ll have a bike valet to park your ride on-site, courtesy of Northern Coffeeworks.


Who is exhibiting at Wordplay?

There are 80+ organizations, authors, and vendors exhibiting at Wordplay. They will be listed in the print program and on the website.




I don’t live in Minnesota and/or can’t make it to the Loft before Wordplay. Can you mail me my wristband?

Nope, sorry! You can pick up your wristband at will call on the day of the festival.


I’m planning to buy a wristband at the festival. How does that work?

Day-of wristband sales will be available at the box office tent, located at S 10th St. and Washington Ave. NOTE: Our box office will accept credit cards only. To purchase a wristband with cash, you must buy in advance.




Are festival venues and stages wheelchair accessible? Where do I find more information about venue Accessibility?

All festival venues and stage locations are wheelchair accessible. More information about accessibility is coming soon.


How do the $5 book vouchers work?

With the exception of youth wristbands, every Wordplay wristband includes a $5 book voucher. These vouchers can be used to buy books from festival booksellers at Wordplay on May 9. Wordplay book vouchers are nontransferable, cannot be exchanged for cash, and are limited to one per attendee. (For example, you cannot use three $5 vouchers to purchase one $15 book.) 


Will the festival authors sign books?

Yes! Most authors will sign immediately following their on-stage event, unless otherwise noted. Books must be purchased from a festival book vendor in order to be signed, with the exception of one pre-owned book per author.

Why do we restrict pre-owned books? On site book sales are absolutely critical to the success of the festival. By purchasing books at the festival, you support the amazing independent bookstores that partner with us as well as the authors and publishers who travel from near and far to share their work at the festival. Thank you for your support and understanding of this policy.

The 2019 festival is delighted to expand the satellite bookstores to all festival stages, where attendees can purchase a book and get it signed on site. Authors will sign books immediately following the end of their event near each stage.

All books purchased at the festival are from local booksellers: Magers & Quinn, Red Balloon, Milkweed, Moon Palace, and Subtext. Sales support the authors and publishers who travel from near and far to share their work at the festival and the booksellers and vendors who invest time and expense to be at the book fair. The Loft asks attendees to respect and follow this policy. Please buy early and often, and know you are supporting the sustainability of the festival.

Book dealers are NOT allowed to bring books into the book signing area. Dealers with rolling carts and/or wagons are not allowed on the festival grounds.


Can I volunteer at the festival?

Yes! Thanks for your interest in making this event happen! You can sign up to volunteer here.


Will there be Loft Classes at the festival?

Yes! However, Loft Classes at Wordplay are separate from General Festival Access tickets and require you to sign-up in advance. These classes are limited in capacity. More info coming soon.


What is the best way to stay informed on Wordplay updates?

Subscribe to The Loft’s monthly e-news and continue to check online for the latest news! Find us on Facebook, Twitter (@loftliterary), and Instagram (@loftliterarycenter), and follow the hashtag #wordplay20 on social media.


I'm a journalist who'd like to cover Wordplay. Who should I contact?

Please send all Wordplay-related press requests to Megan Anderson at megan@bellmontpartners.com.


Is there a festival Hashtag?

There is a hashtag! It is #wordplay20, and look for the Loft Literary Center on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

I'm coming from out of town. Where can I stay?

The Loft has arranged for some hotel room blocks during Wordplay weekend. All of the info can be found here: