New Voices at Wordplay 2019

Wordplay 2019 Books

It’s an exciting time for Midwestern bibliophiles. The complete list of authors for The Loft Literary Center’s Wordplay festival, Minnesota's largest celebration of readers, writers, and great books, was just announced and the lineup is being called the “Coachella of Book festivals.” You can see the full list of festival authors here.

Not only is Wordplay a great place to find beloved literary legends (here’s to you Stephen King), but it’s the perfect place to discover new authors and the fresh talent that will be dazzling your shelves and awards lists for years to come. Below, we’ve curated a guide to some of the debut and breakout authors who have impressed us this year, and there are books for everyone! There’s satire (Riots I Have Known by Ryan Chapman), thrillers (Miracle Creek by Angie Kim), personal essay (I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott), photography (AUTHOR: The Portraits of Beowulf Sheehan by Beowulf Sheehan), and many many more. Gear up to check out a new voice at the fest this coming May and be a part of the early groundswell of support for these tremendous new writers.


Jennifer Acker The Limits of the World

Ryan Chapman Riots I Have Known

Kali Fajardo-Anstine Sabrina & Corina (stories)

Fernando Flores Tears of the Trufflepig

Angie Kim Miracle Creek

Tommy Orange There, There 


Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller The Broken Circle: A Memoir of Escaping Afghanistan

Vanessa McGrady Rock Needs River

Mary Laura Philpott I Miss You When I Blink

Beowulf Sheehan AUTHOR: The Portraits of Beowulf Sheehan

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