Writing

Books

A complete lists of works, including sample excerpts

Columns

From the New York Times, Time magazine, and the complete Chicago Tribune syndicated columns

Prose

Stories from The New Yorker and other magazines and a few lectures

Sonnets

Sonnets of praise, some erotic, some lamentations, and some street sonnets

Verse

Poems on topics both serious and not-so-serious

Video

Videos from readings, interviews, solo shows and more

Radio

Albums

A complete list of radio and audiobook collections, with audio samples

Audio

Speeches, interviews, readings and other audio clips

Songs

Audio and lyrics for songs featured on A Prairie Home Companion.

The News from Lake Wobegon

The latest news and views from the little town where "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average"

A Prairie Home Companion Solo

January 27, 2016

Wednesday

7:30 p.m.

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

A live performance with Richard Dworsky at Jones Hall

January 28, 2016

Thursday

8:00 p.m.

Richardson, TX

Richardson, TX

A live performance with Richard Dworsky at the Charles W. Eisemann Center

January 31, 2016

Sunday

7:00 p.m.

Newark, NJ

Newark, NJ

A live performance with Richard Dworsky at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center

February 1, 2016

Monday

8:00 p.m.

New York City, NY

New York City, NY

A live performance at the 92nd Street Y

February 14, 2016

Sunday

3:00 p.m.

Omaha, NE

Omaha, NE

A live performance with Richard Dworsky at the Holland Performing Arts Center

Writing

Minnesota stands ready to accept New York City’s refugees

Don’t quote me on this, but New York City is in the midst of digging a third tunnel, 60 miles long, deep underground, to bring in water from upstate reservoirs, and until it is finished, if either the first tunnel (1917) or the second (1936) should break down, half of the city would be without […]

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Keillor: No dementia for president, please

How did we wind up with these old people running for president? In 1960, the first election I voted in, Richard Nixon was 47 and John Kennedy was 43 and now, 56 years later, the candidates are mostly my age. Young people are flocking to Bernie Sanders who, given two terms in office, would be […]

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The Big Snapper slouches toward Cleveland

Back when I went to college to become a Great Author, I tried to be smarter than I actually was and so greatness eluded me and here I am, a newspaperman, sitting at a battered Underwood, my porkpie hat low over my eyes, smoke curling up from a Lucky Strike hanging on my lower lip, […]

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A hymn for Jim Harrison

My friend Jim Harrison wrote to me last fall: “Nothing new here except aggressive aging that comes from working every day of the week. I don’t know what else to do. Since age 14 I’ve been a slave to language. There’s a new book about aging — ‘Travels with Epicurus.’ Penguin. Fine and discreet, elegant, […]

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This next president better be president for everyone

The country is in the grip of fear and anger, riven by class conflict, so we hear, though this is not so apparent on a spring day as you awaken to the sweet smell of earth and the old farmer DNA in you thinks, This is going to be a good year. Things are looking […]

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Think moving abroad will save you from Trump? Think again.

After Tuesday’s voting, several folks I know are talking about leaving the country if and when the Great White Snapping Turtle is elected president, and of course Canada is the favored destination: English-language predominant, handsome young progressive prime minister, socialized medicine, nonstop air connections — plus parallel geography of rockbound East, Midwestern prairies and Western […]

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A Prairie Home Companion, 1974-2014

I never wanted to be known for longevity
But for brilliant, tragically interrupted brevity.
Immortality is all about brevity, dear heart.

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April

March and Lent and we march along on our spiritual journeys As winter hangs on and the world looks older and duller And then in the mail comes the spring seed catalogue from Gurney’s And suddenly there is life and audacious color And excitement rivaling Times Square or Las Vegas — Blue Lake, Early Fortune, […]

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The Keillor Reader — 2014

The Keillor Reader — 2014

The Keillor Reader collects the full range of Garrison Keillor’s work: monologues from A Prairie Home Companion, stories from The New Yorker and The Atlantic, excerpts from novels, newspaper columns, and pieces never before published.

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The Keillor Reader — Introduction

The Keillor Reader — Introduction

I started out with No. 2 pencil and pads of paper, then acquired an Underwood manual typewriter with a faint f and a misshapen O. You had to poke the keys hard to make an impression. I set it on a maple desk in my bedroom, which looked out onto a cornfield across the road, and I wrote stories about tortured loners who stood at a distance from the crowd and observed their comings and goings with envy tinged with contempt.

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Radio
The News from Lake Wobegon for May 21, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for May 21, 2016

“It’s May, it’s been perfect, it’s been sunny, it’s been in the 70s, been absolutely beautiful. People sleeping at night with the windows open and then they wake up to the sound of birds singing out in the trees.” The town finds a way to complain in the midst of beautiful spring weather, Mildred makes off with $220,000 in cash and heads to Buenos Aires, and a few memories of the host’s Uncle Jack.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for May 14, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for May 14, 2016

“It’s been chilly there, rather chilly last night. As a matter of fact, it almost got down below freezing, maybe just barely did, because a few snowflakes fell in town. Only a few people felt them.” Fishing season begins and men take to the water to contemplate life, Marilyn Tollerud catches her husband in an embarrassing situation, Father Wilmer gets a DNA test to learn more about his ancestry, and Mary Tollefson sends her cousin Bernice to a recovery program for retired clergy.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for May 7, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for May 7, 2016

“It’s been sunny and warm up there, warm enough for us anyway, and it’s just been absolutely beautiful — been paradise, gorgeous.” Clarence Bunsen gets a haircut, the Lutheran Church council deals with a few small issues, and Duane Bunsen and his wife repair their relationship.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for April 30, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for April 30, 2016

“It’s been rainy here this last week and a little chilly but now there’s this fine green haze in the trees overhead and the flowers are blooming.” Senator K. Thorvaldson returns from Florida and has some driving troubles, Florian and Myrtle Krebsbach argue about their living situation, and their son Carl miraculously reels in a monster carp.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for April 23, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for April 23, 2016

“Suddenly the world has turned and now there’s this great profusion of flowers. We’ve had warm weather, up in the 70s and the magnolias are blooming, the daffodils, and the tulips, and the crocuses, and the wild ginger, and all of it.” The Berger boy joins a band called The Brass Monkeys, Earl and Ruby Dickmeier create the World’s Largest Ball of Baggies after the World’s Largest Pile of Burlap Bags catches fire, and Maureen gets the hiccups in the middle of Pastor Liz’s sermon.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for April 16, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for April 16, 2016

“It got warm there all of a sudden and you could smell the dirt again. The farmers were out in the field — still a little wet to be plowing.” Pastor Liz checks in on the town’s Norwegian bachelor farmers, the Lutheran Church council approves a new budget, the high school begins their production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ and Lena Bunsen plans to remarry at the age of 75.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for April 9, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for April 9, 2016

“It’s been raining and chilly out there, a little bit of snow now and then.” The host recalls memories of springtime conversations with his uncles and his early days as a writer, three pairs of loons take up residence on the lake now that the ice has melted, and Marv returns to teaching high school driver’s instruction classes after a winter break.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for April 2, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for April 2, 2016

“We’ve had wind and snow and rain and cold rain and a little snow, that melting snow, and then wind some more. It’s spring we know that now, even if it’s a little chilly.” Darlene has an epiphany while out for an Easter morning walk, Carl Krebsbach feeds a flock of Tundra Swans out on the lake, and Viola Tors attends a clothing-optional Lutheran church in Palm Beach.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for March 26, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for March 26, 2016

“It’s been beautiful this last week. The sun was shining. It’s been a gorgeous, gorgeous winter. We got a little snow on Monday, Thursday, just a decorator snow.” Mr. Berge tells a few jokes to ducks out on the lake, the Men’s Prayer Group gathers at Bunsen Motors, and the Lutheran Church holds its Lenten soup suppers, a monologue from March 2014.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for March 19, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for March 19, 2016

“Spring: spring came in on Thursday. We got little snow on Tuesday. No problem, no problem. Just a little decorative, designer snow on Tuesday.” Thoughts on the sin of sloth and the 1965 World Series, Carl Krebsbach considers robbing a bank and receives a mysterious phone call, and Darlene worries that her cat may have rabies, in a monologue from March 2014.

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A Prairie Home Companion Solo
Schedule

May 27, 2016

Friday

8:00 p.m.

Vienna, VA

A Prairie Home Companion — Vienna, VA

A live performance at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap

May 28, 2016

Saturday

5:45 p.m.

Vienna, VA

A Prairie Home Companion — Vienna, VA

A live broadcast performance from the Filene Center at Wolf Trap

June 4, 2016

Saturday

5:45 p.m.

Atlanta, GA

A Prairie Home Companion — Atlanta, GA

A live broadcast performance from The Fox Theatre

June 11, 2016

Saturday

4:45 p.m.

Highland Park, IL

A Prairie Home Companion — Highland Park, IL

A live broadcast performance from the Ravinia Festival

June 18, 2016

Saturday

4:45 p.m.

St. Louis, MO

A Prairie Home Companion — St. Louis, MO

A live broadcast performance from the Fox Theatre

June 25, 2016

Saturday

5:45 p.m.

Lenox, MA

A Prairie Home Companion — Lenox, MA

A live broadcast performance from the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood

July 1, 2016

Friday

8:00 p.m.

Los Angeles, CA

A Prairie Home Companion — Los Angeles, CA

A live performance at the Hollywood Bowl

September 2, 2016

Friday

7:45 p.m.

Falcon Heights, MN

The Minnesota Show — Falcon Heights, MN

A live performance at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand

October 2, 2016

Sunday

7:00 p.m.

London, England

A Letter from America — London, England, UK

A live performance with Philip Brunelle and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall

October 28, 2016

Friday

8:00 p.m.

North Bethesda, MD

North Bethesda, MD

A live performance at Strathmore

Press/Clips

Poems of Gratitude: The Fourth Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest

Garrison and Common Good Books are sponsoring a poetry contest! Pour your love onto the page, shape it well, and mail your love letter to Common Good Books before April 15 — fame and fortune could be yours.

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Blank on Blank — Garrison Keillor on Humor — December 15, 2015

Blank on Blank — Garrison Keillor on Humor — December 15, 2015

An animated short taken from Garrison’s 1994 interview with George Plimpton

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The National Press Club — 5/22/2015

The National Press Club — 5/22/2015

Garrison spoke at the National Press Club on May 22, 2015

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The Late Late Show — 6/4/2014

The Late Late Show — 6/4/2014

Garrison visits The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson to discuss The Keillor Reader

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C-SPAN: 1999 Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner

C-SPAN: 1999 Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner

Garrison talks about civility in an address to the Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner in Washington D.C.

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CBS This Morning: 40 years of A Prairie Home Companion: Behind Garrison Keillor’s success

CBS This Morning: 40 years of A Prairie Home Companion: Behind Garrison Keillor’s success

Garrison chats with CBS This Morning about A Prairie Home Companion‘s 40th anniversary and his book The Keillor Reader

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AP: Keillor to celebrate 40 years on Lake Wobegon

AP: Keillor to celebrate 40 years on Lake Wobegon

Garrison discusses the 40th anniversary of A Prairie Home Companion in an interview with the Associated Press

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The Keillor Reader — Press

The Keillor Reader — Press

A few reviews and press mentions for The Keillor Reader

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A Prairie Home Companion 40th Anniversary: Let’s Have a Party

A Prairie Home Companion returns to the Macalester campus for an anniversary celebration with three days of music, comedy, food, and festivities, July 4-6th.

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Love Letters: The Second Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest

Garrison and Common Good Books are sponsoring a poetry contest! Pour your love onto the page, shape it well, and mail your love letter to Common Good Books before April 15 — fame and fortune could be yours.

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