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 13, 2016

4:45 p.m.

Saint Paul, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — Saint Paul, MN

A live broadcast performance from the Fitzgerald Theater

Writing

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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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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Books — Chronological

A list of published works

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National Geographic: There’s No Place Like Home

When a man lives in one place for most of his life, he doesn’t need GPS. He is guided by memories of boyhood bike rides, the ever present Mississippi, and the undeniable power of rhubarb.

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I Come from Lake Wobegon

I Come from Lake Wobegon

Garrison describes growing up in Lake Wobegon.

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Summer in Lake Wobegon

Summer in Lake Wobegon

Garrison talks about summer in Lake Wobegon and a few of the town’s guiding principles.

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Cat, O Cat

Cat, O Cat

Garrison Keillor (with Rich Dworsky on piano) sings “Cat, O Cat”

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A Part-time Job in Radio

A Part-time Job in Radio

Garrison discusses his favorite parts of his “part-time job” as a radio host.

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Pioneer Press: R.B. Liggett, Former News Executive, Dies

Pioneer Press: R.B. Liggett, Former News Executive, Dies

Robert B. Liggett, 81, of 1125 Summit ave., Mahtomedi, sportsman and advertising man, died Thursday in St. Joseph’s hospital after a long illness.

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Radio
The News from Lake Wobegon for January 23, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for January 23, 2016

“It’s been a beautiful winter — really, one of the best winters ever. We got a foot of ice on the lake so you can drive your car out there to your fishing shack if you would like.” The host flunks the Public Radio Relevancy Test, Clint and Clarence Bunsen find a buyer for Bunsen Motors, and Pastor Ingqvist and his ex-wife Judy return.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for January 16, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for January 16, 2016

“It’s been below zero here this week. It’s been bitterly, bitterly cold and it gets really quiet when it’s that cold.” The host provides a few thoughts on the joys of ice fishing and the benefits of sobriety, and memories of staying with a Catholic “storm family.”

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The News from Lake Wobegon for January 9, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for January 9, 2016

“It has been unnaturally warm out there and that has gotten the raccoons thinking that this is the breeding season.” A mysterious figure skater out on the lake draws a crowd, Senator K. Thorvaldson finally heads south for the winter, and Donald Thorvaldson catches up with a few classmates, in a monologue from 2015.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for January 2, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for January 2, 2016

“It’s been warm out there. It’s been in the 40s so we had a brown Christmas — we had no snow.” Hawaiian visitors head to Lake Wobegon for a taste of winter, the Tolleruds and the Hansens fight over a good deed after a freezer malfunction, and some advice for the year ahead as the town celebrates New Year’s Eve, in a monologue from December 2011.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for December 26, 2015

The News from Lake Wobegon for December 26, 2015

“We got this gorgeous snow. People had prayed, hoped for this snow and then it fell and the world became right again.” Duane Bunsen accidentally destroys his mother’s collection of glass figurines, the Lutheran Church decides against staging Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ and Marlys Tollerud gives her sister a painting for Christmas.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for December 19, 2015

The News from Lake Wobegon for December 19, 2015

“Turned cold on Thursday. We got a little bit of snow on Wednesday. Just a little bit — about 20 minutes of snow, just a little sort of dusting of snow, a little decorator snow.” Pastor Liz delivers a sermon that helps the church’s coat drive, the town’s ice fishermen take to the lake before it’s fully frozen with disastrous results, Carl Krebsbach uses an enormous sum of money to do a good deed, and Marilyn Tollerud visits her uncle Harry.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for December 12, 2015

The News from Lake Wobegon for December 12, 2015

“It’s been warm. It’s been in the 40s now, so we’re having to face up to the prospect of a brown Christmas but we just have to deal with it, that’s all.” The Tolleruds retrieve and care for their escaped bull, Pastor Liz attempts to increase membership in the men’s and women’s bible study groups, and Darlene flirts with Nelson Tollefson.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for December 5, 2015

The News from Lake Wobegon for December 5, 2015

“We got a few inches of snow here on Monday night and Tuesday and then it turned warm and it melted, so just a practice snow, just a trainer snow you might say.” Pastor Liz returns after an assignment to collect oral histories from aged Lutherans, Arlene Bunsen and Marilyn Tollerud have a disagreement while planning the Lutheran Church’s Christmas pageant, and Mr. Dettweiler puts up Easter lights instead of Christmas lights.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for November 28, 2015

The News from Lake Wobegon for November 28, 2015

“We had a full moon here on Wednesday, and then Thursday morning there was this beautiful snow, this decorative snow that came down…” Pastor Kohler delivers his final sermon before leaving for South Dakota, the town’s old quarterback returns for Thanksgiving, Irene Bunsen has trouble cooking a 36-pound turkey, and Carl Krebsbach Jr. tries to rekindle a romance with Glenda Tollerud.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for November 21, 2015

The News from Lake Wobegon for November 21, 2015

“It’s been chilly out there this week. It’s been in the 30s ever since Wednesday night. Winter came in, it just came right in and the wind came up.” Pastor Kohler continues a string of depressing sermons as his time in Lake Wobegon winds down, the town prepares for the upcoming holiday weekend, and Mr. Rosen discovers the meaning of Thanksgiving while deer hunting.

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A Prairie Home Companion Solo
Schedule

February 13, 2016

4:45 p.m.

Saint Paul, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — Saint Paul, MN

A live broadcast performance from the Fitzgerald Theater

February 14, 2016

Sunday

3:00 p.m.

Omaha, NE

Omaha, NE

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

February 15, 2016

Monday

7:30 p.m.

Cedar Falls, IA

Cedar Falls, IA

A live performance with Richard Dworsky at the University of Northern Iowa’s Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center

February 16, 2016

Tuesday

7:30 p.m.

Seattle, WA

Seattle, WA

A live performance with Richard Dworsky at Benaroya Hall

February 17, 2016

Wednesday

8:00 p.m.

Arcata, CA

Arcata, CA

A live performance with Richard Dworsky at the Van Duzer Theatre

February 20, 2016

4:45 p.m.

Saint Paul, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — Saint Paul, MN

A live broadcast performance from the Fitzgerald Theater

February 27, 2016

4:45 p.m.

Saint Paul, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — Saint Paul, MN

A live broadcast performance from the Fitzgerald Theater

February 28, 2016

Sunday

7:00 p.m.

Jackson Hole, WY

Jackson Hole, WY

A live performance at the Center for the Arts

February 29, 2016

Monday

7:30 p.m.

Pocatello, ID

Pocatello, ID

A live performance at the Stephens Performing Arts Center

March 1, 2016

Tuesday

7:30 p.m.

Missoula, MT

Missoula, MT

A live performance at the Dennison Theatre

Press/Clips
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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The Daily Circuit — O, What a Luxury

Garrison talks poetry and O, What a Luxury with MPR’s Kerri Miller

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