A Christmas Blizzard — 2009

A Christmas Blizzard is the story of James Sparrow who dreads the holiday and the poignant memories it dredges up and who longs to spend December in Hawaii. But his wife adores Christmas and cannot bear to miss it. A phone call from cousin Liz in James’s hometown of Looseleaf, N.D. — his uncle Earl is dying — brings James out of the doldrums and he flies to Looseleaf just in time to be snowed in by a major blizzard. There is a ghost, a wise man of San Francisco, a genial uncle, an undercover FBI agent, a steamy sauna scene, and the singing of Christmas carols. And several feet of snow.”
      — Garrison Keillor

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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"

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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 November 22, 2014

“We got some more snow here this last week and it’s been a little bit cold—no big deal. People are cheerful out there. Furnaces are on now.” The town prepares for ice fishing season, Solveig returns from California to make lutefisk, and the exiles begin to trickle back home for Thanksgiving.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for November 15, 2014

“It snowed on Monday, early Monday morning. We got about 12-and-a-half inches there in Lake Wobegon. There was no big fuss about it.” Margie Krebsbach’s English class discusses ‘The Great Gatsby,’ Clint Bunsen tangles with two deer who find their way into town, and Dorothy recalls the story of Harold Hansen and Oscar Peterson.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for November 8, 2014

“There was a full moon on Thursday, it snowed a little bit, the sun now goes down before five o’clock and will for a while. Cold is here. The kids are still wearing light jackets because they’re from here, that’s all.” Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church celebrates All Saints’ Day and Clint Bunsen gives up deer hunting.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for November 1, 2014

“It’s November, here we are, and on Sunday we fall back. We get an extra hour on early Sunday morning so there will be a large number of people coming in late to church.” Cold weather returns to Lake Wobegon, advice on leaving Minnesota, and why jokes are a bridge between people who disagree with each other.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for October 25, 2014

“It’s been cloudy. It’s been chilly out there. The sun has come out now and then. And then on Thursday this powerful wind came up — it was very dramatic.” A big wind causes havoc all over town, Mrs. Jensen’s old boyfriend Kurt visits from the city, and Darlene meets a coyote that resembles her Uncle George, in a monologue from October 2011.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for October 18, 2014

“It’s been chilly, of course, because it is almost the end of October. Mist over the lake every morning, the Canada Geese are heading South overhead.” Pastor Liz delivers a sermon about the Parable of the Wedding Feast, a man visits Ralph’s Pretty Good Grocery to buy a cup of coffee though they don’t sell coffee, and the story of the time Eugene Berge picked up a hitchhiker.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for October 11, 2014

“It’s fall. It’s a gorgeous, gorgeous fall. It’s been chilly, down into the 30s at night.” Thoughts on the benefits of cold weather and Minnesota living, the town watches a lunar eclipse, and Pastor Liz moves into the Lewises’ cabin.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for October 4, 2014

“Been chilly, chilly at night, in the 30s. The crickets are all quiet. We hear the ‘pop’ of the shotguns from duck hunting.” With the election approaching, politics begin to affect marriages, Carla Bunsen receives funding for her performance art piece in New York City, and the Lutheran Church holds its Senior Banquet.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for September 27, 2014

“It’s been this gorgeous, gorgeous September, this beautiful time–so much happening.” Lake Wobegon welcomes the arrival of fall, a bear surprises Irene Bunsen, then stays in town, starting a debate over who will pay to have it removed, and high school students take the ACT exam, in a monologue from September 2013.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for September 20, 2014

“Beautiful, beautiful week of fall. Mists on the lake early in the morning, you wake up in the morning, your window is open, you’ve got a little extra blanket over you.” Pastor Liz fills in while the Lutheran Church interviews replacements for Pastor Haugen, news of Marlene’s interesting encounter with Father Wilmer spreads through the town, Mrs. Anderson holds a CD release party at the Sidewinder Bar, and the Tolleruds’ rooster Ludwig comes to a sad end.

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A Prairie Home Companion Solo
Schedule

November 29, 2014

5:45 p.m. ET

New York, NY

A Prairie Home Companion — New York City

A live broadcast performance from The Town Hall

December 3, 2014

8:00 p.m. PT

Santa Rosa, CA

Santa Rosa, CA

A live performance at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, CA

December 4, 2014

7:30 p.m. PT

Redding, CA

Redding, CA

A live performance at the Cascade Theatre in Redding, CA

December 6, 2014

5:45 p.m. ET

New York, NY

A Prairie Home Companion — New York City

A live broadcast performance from The Town Hall

December 13, 2014

4:45 p.m.

Saint Paul, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — Saint Paul, MN

A live broadcast performance from the Fitzgerald Theater

December 20, 2014

4:45 p.m.

Saint Paul, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — Saint Paul, MN

A live broadcast performance from the Fitzgerald Theater

January 10, 2015

2:45 p.m. PT

San Francisco, CA

A Prairie Home Companion — San Francisco, CA

A live broadcast performance from the Nourse Theater

January 25, 2015

6:00 p.m. ET

Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach, SC

A live performance at the Calvin Gilmore Theater in Myrtle Beach, SC

February 2, 2015

7:30 p.m. PT

Chico, CA

Chico, CA

A live performance at the Laxson Auditorium in Chico, CA

February 3, 2015

8:00 p.m. PT

Palm Desert, CA

Palm Desert, CA

A live performance at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA

Press/Clips
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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ABC: What Makes St. Paul So Great?

ABC: What Makes St. Paul So Great?

Garrison gives a tour of St. Paul during the 2008 Republican National Convention

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Time — 10 Questions for Garrison Keillor

Time — 10 Questions for Garrison Keillor

Garrison answers a few questions submitted by Time readers.

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