May 5, 7 pm. (19.00 Central European Summer Time)
In Your Story, My Story: A Novel, Connie Palmen constructs the untold story of Ted Hughes, the often-reviled romantic partner of poet Sylvia Plath. Allowing Hughes to speak in his own voice, Palmen relentlessly uncovers a hidden perspective on the highs and lows of loving and losing Plath—inevitably shifting how we view these two famous literary icons.
Moderator: Laurie Hertzel
Laurie Hertzel is the senior editor for books at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the author of the memoir, News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Tri-Quarterly, South Dakota Review, the Brevity blog, the Chicago Tribune, and many other places in the U.S., Finland and Australia. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Queens University, Charlotte, N.C., and is the President of the National Book Critics Circle board.
The Loft’s Wordplay launched in May 2019 as Minnesota’s largest celebration of readers, writers, and great books. Over 10,000 people showed up for the inaugural festival weekend, joining famous authors like Stephen King, Edwidge Danticat, and Amy Tan in a celebration of books. We enjoyed readings, conversations, writing workshops, kids’ activities, 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.