Time: April 7, 11 a.m. CST
The Loft’s Wordplay kicks off with Olympian Jessie Diggins giving a live talk and Q&A about her memoir Brave Enough. Immediately following the Q&A join Jessie for a 15 minute gold medal workout. The only equipment you’ll need to participate is a book!
Format: Instagram Live (recordings to follow here)
Time: April 8, 8 p.m. CST
Benjamin Percy’s latest work, Suicide Woods, is a frightening collection of short stories of crime, of hauntings, and of horrifying acts that happen in the woods. All you horror fans out there: grab your flashlights, turn out the light, and tune in to a hair-rising live reading from Percy on the Loft’s Instastory.
Time: April 9, 11 a.m. CST
Life is hard, that’s probably why Samantha Irby chose to dedicate her new book, Wow, No Thank You, to Wellbutrin. So in the interest of making things easy for you, please enjoy the YouTube of Wellbutrin, a video of a bunny while a recording of Samantha Irby reading one of her essays plays. It’s like a yule log for your quarantine.
Time: April 9, 1 p.m. CST
Charles Yu is joined by beloved Minnesota author Bao Phi as they examine the realities of Asian Americans living in a land indoctrinated with stereotypes against them and the damage these pervasive, narrow-minded roles can have on an individual's sense of self and belonging.
Time: April 10, 2 p.m. CST
Every week of Wordplay 2020, Claire Comstock-Gay will read a Wordplay author’s star chart and do a mini interview with that author. In the first installment of this series, Comstock-Gay will speak with Capricorn C Pam Zhang.
Time: April 2, 2 p.m.
Join us for a live webinar with Wordplay festival director Steph Opitz. We'll discuss what we've got up our sleeve for virtual Wordplay, what kinds of programs you can get excited about, and how this virtual festival will all work. Bring your questions! A recording will be available if you cannot make the live event.