Featured offerings: This winter, the Loft presents True North. Visit our True North page to learn more and plan your participation.

Big Ideas: Race and Reality in the Cool Blue North

Date: 1/24/18

Location: The Loft at Open Book (Performance Hall)

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm

• Regular: $15.00
• Member: $10.00

Sometimes Minnesota is not so nice.

This conversation, led by writer, professor, and facilitator David Grant will explore when “you’re welcome here” really means you are not. The evening will also open discussion around the ways in which Northern indifference can sometimes be worse than hate.

More guests to be announced closer to the event.

David Grant is a Twin Cities-based writer. As a playwright, he has been commissioned to write new work for the Minnesota Science Museum, Minnesota Historical Society, among others. As a screenwriter, he has written for Russell Simmons’ Def Pictures, HBO, and the Showtime Network. David has served, along with poet Ethelbert Miller, as mentor to the 2013 Fellows of the Givens Foundation’s Collaborative Retreat for African American Writers. He has recently completed work as writer/consultant on the feature documentary film, Word of Honor: Redeeming Mandela’s Promise, for Monde World Films, and is commencing work on the feature-length documentary, Killing Mookie, for Bully Productions. His prose appears in Solas’ Publishing’s Best Travel Writing, 2009, Water’s Edge, by Open to Interpretation Press, 2011, and in two anthologies published by Minnesota Historical Society Press, Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota, 2015, and A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota.

Mr. Grant has taught screenwriting at the Loft, and has served as an adjunct instructor at The University of St. Thomas, and at Augsburg College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program. He currently teaches screenwriting at Film North (formerly Independent Filmmaker Program) in St. Paul. When he’s not writing or teaching, Mr. Grant facilitates life skills groups for men incarcerated at the Ramsey County Correctional Facility.

Advanced tickets guarantee a general admission seat and help cover the Loft's costs to host the event. Advanced tickets are non-refundable. Pay-what-you-can tickets are available at the door 30 minutes prior to the event on a first-come, first-served basis. No one turned away for lack of funds. Doors open 30 minutes before the event. Seating is general admission (not assigned).

Pricing Option: $15.00 (Non-Member Price)