Photo: Tristan Crane
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.
Anders is involved in programming at the festival.
Sunday, May 12
Spectacular Women, Speculative Fiction
Charlie Jane Anders (The City in the Middle of the Night) follows up her best-selling novel with a tale of a young girl who is forced to survive among anthropologic creatures, forging an unusual and life-changing friendship. The debut novel of Arkady Martine (A Memory Called Empire) is an epic space opera where a young woman must establish an independent identity and fight back against a powerful political empire. Join in as these two authors, both heralded as inventive writers in their genre, discuss building worlds around powerful women characters in a male-dominated niche.