Heavy hitters are here for Wordplay Fest. L-R: Stephen King photo by Shane Leonard, Amy Tan, Marlon James photo by Jeffrey Skemp


Wordplay Festival

Daily from May 11-12
Time Varies
Event prices range from free to $10-$40
Festivals, Literary, Speakers

The Loft Literary Center is throwing the Coachella of book festivals. The three-day event kicks off with a concert Friday night at First Avenue featuring the Rock Bottom Remainders, a band composed of some of the festival’s highest-profile guests (Stephen King! Amy Tan! Dave Barry! Our own Marlon James!). The weekend will feature interviews, readings, and a variety of special events at several locations, including the Guthrie and Open Book. Many of the ticketed special events are sold out, but the bulk of the festival takes place on outdoor stages in St. Paul, and wristbands are a mere $10. Many of the biggest names will appear on the main stages, including the aforementioned Remainders along with Mary Karr, Julie Schumacher, Tommy Orange, and many more. For details on tickets and the full schedule, go to