Stephen King announced for inaugural book fest in Minneapolis

Celebrated author Amy Tan has also been announced for the Wordplay festival.
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Horror fans will be well served at the inaugural Wordplay festival in Minneapolis, which has announced Stephen King among its guest authors.

The author, known for best-sellers including "The Shining," "It," and "Misery," will be among the novelists attending the festival in the Mill City neighborhood, which will be held May 11-12.

Among the other authors announced at an unveiling party on Thursday were "The Joy Luck Club" writer Amy Tan, Mitch Albom ("Tuesdays with Morrie"), and Dave Barry ("Big Trouble."

Local literary names including Marlon James and Nora McInerny will also be involved.

The Wordplay festival is being produced by The Loft and presented by St. Catherine University and the Star Tribune, and will feature a mixture of workshops, readings, and "special experiences" giving attendees the chance to hear from and interact with their favorite authors.

The street festival will be held between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on May 11 and 12, with a Lit Crawl held in Uptown on Saturday, May 11 between 6-9 p.m.

Registration for the event is open to the general public on Friday, March 15 at 10 a.m. Wristbands giving you access to various events start at $10, but may cost more depending on who you want to see.

Those 17 and under can attend the street festival for free.

You can find a full list of announced authors and poets, and find ticket information, here.

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But wait, there's more

If hearing them talk about books isn't enough, you can also hear them play music.

That's right, King, Albom, Barry, Tan and several more authors are part of a band, the Rock Bottom Remainders, which will be performing at First Avenue on the eve of the festival, Friday, May 10.

Tickets for the concert cost $40 and will be sold by First Avenue on dates announced soon.

The festival's founding director, Steph Opitz, of The Loft, said in a press release: "I’m so proud of the author lineup for our inaugural festival.

"It is a testament to Minnesota’s celebrated literary community and represents a phenomenal year in books. It brings together some of our best contemporary writers from best-sellers to budding artists, locally grown to internationally celebrated, emerging to award-winning—including several Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalists and winners."

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