About Wordplay

The Loft's Wordplay | May 11–12, 2019

The Loft's Wordplay, presented by St. Catherine University and the Star Tribune, is coming this May featuring Stephen King, Mitch Albom, Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Bill McKibben, Tommy Orange, Jared Diamond, and many more! There will also be a Friday night author concert with the Rock Bottom Remainders at First Avenue.

Registration is now open!

What Is Wordplay?

The Loft’s Wordplay will launch May 11–12, 2019 and aims to be the biggest celebration of readers, writers, and great books that Minnesota has ever seen.

A family friendly event
Wordplay Bubble Conversations
A creative way to engage readers and writers
About Us

The Loft’s Wordplay will launch in May of 2019 and aims to be Minnesota's largest celebration of readers, writers, and great books. Imagine a weekend full of famous authors and celebrated books; a weekend of readings, conversations, workshops, kids’ activities, demonstrations, and one-of-a-kind happenings with outdoor stages, cooking stages, book signings, quiet reading corners, boisterous parties, food trucks, beer tents, and books, books, books.

Minnesota has one of the most celebrated literary communities in the country. We are rich with presses, locally owned bookstores, author events, writing classes, and great writers. We are perennially ranked one of the most literate communities in the country. A community like ours deserves a celebration like Wordplay.

There will be something for every reader at Wordplay. Whether your book club reads literary fiction or paranormal zombie romance, whether you get your books at your library or on your e-reader, or even if the last book you read was a movie, this festival will be for you. Wordplay’s mission is to celebrate the ways in which people connect to and through words and welcomes anyone who shares a belief in the connective power of story.

Get Involved

Find out how you can get involved! We'll have upcoming volunteer, sponsorship, and exhibitor opportunities. 

Advisory Council

Lesley Nneka Arimah
Charles Baxter
Alexander Chee
Sarah Park Dahlen
Matt de la Peña
Lisa Von Drasek
Geoff Dyer
Louise Erdrich
John Freeman
LeAnne Howe
Mira Jacob
Margo Jefferson
Kima Jones
Ada Limón
Karan Mahajan
Nina McConigley
David Mura
Celeste Ng
Téa Obreht
Danez Smith
Jeff VanderMeer

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Wordplay Location

Wordplay will take place in and around Open Book in Downtown East of Minneapolis.

Statement on Wordplay
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey

"There are so many things that bond us in our pride for our city and state—including our love of words.

Minnesota is consistently ranked as one of the most literate states, and Minneapolis is home to dozens of publishers, multiple thriving booksellers, and the preeminent literary center in the country in the Loft. In addition, the economic impact is enormous: publishers and writers comprise more than $1 billion each year in economic impact to the state of Minnesota.

That’s why I’m thrilled that we get to celebrate our love of words, books, and authors together at the Loft’s inaugural Wordplay Festival in downtown Minneapolis this spring. There will be something for all ages and tastes—whether you’re into biographies, mystery novels, cookbooks, teen lit or if the last book you “read” was a movie adaptation. Reading unites people from all walks of life. I’m looking forward to connecting with book lovers from Minneapolis and around the country."  

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey