Wordplay 2021: Helen Oyeyemi

Intercontinental Series featuring Helen Oyeyemi

Virtual Wordplay is a presentation of St. Catherine University and Star Tribune. This event is in partnership with Literary Arts (Portland, OR), The Loft (Minneapolis, MN), Black Mountain Institute (Las Vegas, NV), and Wisconsin Book Festival (Madison, WI).


Helen Oyeyemi, bestselling author of What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, crafts a mesmerizing portrayal of two lovers forever changed by an unusual train journey in her new novel Peaces. As Otto and Xavier Shin depart on what appears to be a train constructed by their wildest imaginations, we discover that the past is never truly behind us—and could possibly be sitting right next to us. Moderated by Catherine Chung.

This event is only available live. There will be no archived recording.

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If this event is sold out, you will be able to watch the overflow stream on the Loft's YouTube and Facebook channels.