Category Archives: Events

Literary event this weekend

If you have some time to spare this weekend, you should participate in this fascinating public art project. An artist is inviting the public to write down “What Needs to be Said.” Responses will be pinned to the wall of the site of the project on University Ave., then burned when the project is complete.

It’s a quirky and powerful idea, and you can say you were a piece of art history!


Kids’ responses to fun writing prompts

This past weekend, the Loft and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts hosted a fun event for all of the Combo Classes we’ve held this summer. In Combo Classes, students start the day upstairs at the Loft, working on their creative writing, then go downstairs to MCBA to create book art. This year, for the first time ever, students had the unique and exciting opportunity to display their book art in the gallery here at Open Book. We held a reception to celebrate.

Visit the Loft’s Facebook page for pictures of the reception.

For a fun activity at the reception, we handed out writing prompts. A few student artists were brave enough to share what they came up with.

By Isak D., age 9

By Andrew K., age 8

By Daniel B., age 10

Also by Daniel B., age 10

Many thanks to We adapted the prompts slightly from their Daily Themes.




Writing and stories and video games–oh my!

You don’t need me to tell you how much digital formats have expanded the possibilities of literature and storytelling. Yet gamers often engage in a real life battle of wits with literary snobs who think video games are a waste of time.

Snobs, you may need to hold your tongues. Increasingly, video games are a medium for intricate and innovative storytelling.

If you like good stories and good games–or if you don’t!–come engage in a community conversation called Choosing Your Own Adventure: Where do video games and storytelling meet?

The event is co-sponsored by the Loft and Coffee House Press. It will take place at Honey on Tuesday, August 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Not to worry, teens and moms and dads, it’s an all ages event. For more information, click here.

Loft/MCBA combo class show in the gallery

For the first time ever, the wonderful folks downstairs at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts curated a gallery show of book artwork created by students in Loft/MCBA combo classes this summer.

Today, MCBA employees and volunteers were hard at work hanging the show. We’re excited about it and we hope you’ll come see it!

First-ever exhibition of Loft/MCBA student artwork
July 28-August 4, 2012

Cowles Literary Commons (2nd floor, Open Book)

Please join us for a gallery reception August 4, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Public reading at 2:45.

If you wish to read, there will be a signup sheet at the reception.
It will be limited to 10 spaces, so if you’d like to read, arrive early.
Snacks and beverages will be served.

MCBA Teaching Artist Aki Shibata had some tough decisions to make about placement, because all of the artwork is great!

We can’t wait to celebrate!