Wordplay Schedule

Virtual Wordplay Schedule

The Loft's Virtual Wordplay, presented by St. Catherine University and the Star Tribune, will run April 7–May 9, and we will release a rolling schedule of events by week. Stay tuned to this page for all the upcoming events with more than 100 authors.

During these difficult times, we’re excited to present all Wordplay events free of charge. We’re grateful to our sponsors for their leadership, but your support is critical too! Help this innovative festival thrive by making a donation in any amount to support the Loft and Wordplay today. Thank you!

Week of April 6
Wordplay Livestream Jesse Diggins
Olympic Training: Live Talk and Workout with Gold Medal Winner Jessie Diggins

Format: Webinar/Workout
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!

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Spooky Story Time with Ben Percy

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.

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Hoppy Hour with Samantha Irby

Format: YouTube
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.

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Charles Yu in Conversation with Bao Phi

Format: Webinar
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.

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UnCHARTed Territory: Claire Comstock-Gay feat. C Pam Zhang

Format: Webinar
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.