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"

A Prairie Home Companion

July 4, 2015

4:45 p.m.

St. Paul, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — Saint Paul — Macalester College

A live broadcast performance from Macalester College

July 26, 2015

7:30 p.m.

Bayfield, WI

The America the Beautiful Tour — Bayfield, WI

A live performance at the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua

July 27, 2015

7:30 p.m.

Appleton, WI

The America the Beautiful Tour — Appleton, WI

A live performance at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

July 28, 2015

8:00 p.m.

Interlochen, MI

The America the Beautiful Tour — Interlochen, MI

A live performance at the Interlochen Center for the Arts Kresge Auditorium

July 29, 2015

7:00 p.m.

Grand Rapids, MI

The America the Beautiful Tour — Grand Rapids, MI

A live performance at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

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

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 June 27, 2015

The News from Lake Wobegon for June 27, 2015

“It’s been beautiful summer weather, it’s been up in the 80s. We’ve gotten some rain, not too terribly much and everything is green.” Mr. Magendantz changes his lawn-mowing pattern, Irene Bunsen creates her own tomato varieties, the town holds a tractor parade for Midsummer Day, and the host recalls attending a gospel meeting as a teenager.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for June 20, 2015

The News from Lake Wobegon for June 20, 2015

“We had some storms out there but it’s been all good for us. The mourning doves we hear them in the morning, we see the fireflies at night.” Clarence Bunsen sleeps on his boat so he can think in the middle of the night; the story of Mr. Musselman, who was driven from town by deerflies; and the Whippets win a close game.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for June 13, 2015

“It’s been hot there this last week — got up to 93 on Wednesday and that took the starch out of Norwegian Bachelor Farmers in particular.” Thoughts on the benefits of summer cabins, the Inqvists reconcile after a night at the Moonlight Bay Supper Club, and Arlene Bunsen holds a bridal shower for her nephew’s fiancée.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for June 6, 2015

“It’s been cool. There’s been some rain, which we appreciate out there because it gives you a reason not to do things you thought you were going to have to do.” The high school decides to hold graduation outdoors at the last minute, the class of 2015 pulls off one of the better graduation pranks in recent memory, and the town takes time to enjoy the summer weather.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for May 30, 2015

“It’s been warm and sunny and the town is beautiful. The grass is green and the flowers are in bloom. This town looks like calendar art.” Senator K. Thorvaldson returns to town after a trip through South America, the Whippets open their season but lose their ace starting pitcher in the 4th inning, and Pastor Liz loses her train of thought in the middle of a sermon.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for May 23, 2015

“It’s been an exciting, exciting week. We had storms early in the week. Sunday and Monday, the sky got dark and, y’know, we were hoping for something really dramatic.” Memories of the miraculously eventful tornado of 1985, the Lutheran Church holds its church supper in the basement due to weather, Duane Tollerud realizes he does not enjoy fishing, and the host recalls a life-changing hot air balloon ride.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for May 16, 2015

“It’s been raining and chilly at night out there so people are way behind on lawn care, but the tulips and daffodils are in bloom.” The town re-examines its philosophy on lawn care, the Lutheran Church holds its church picnic, and the war between Pastor Haugen and his secretary Marlene intensifies, in a monologue from May 2014.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for May 9, 2015

“It’s been quiet except for the storms that came through. There was one Sunday morning and Tuesday morning and Wednesday most of the day, and one just a couple of days ago.” The Petersons’ ice-cream-stealing dog dies, Father Wilmer visits his newfound sisters, and garage sale season begins.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for May 2, 2015

“Getting warm up there, getting up into the 60s and even thinking about getting up into the 70s so it’s been very pleasant — and no snow fell this last week.” The town celebrates the 1st of May, and a few memories of post-prom parties at the Bunsens’ cabin.

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Dear You — 2015 Common Good Books Poetry Contest

On April 19, 2015, Garrison hosted the finale of the 3rd annual Common Good Books poetry contest and announced the winners, who each wrote a poem on the theme “Dear You.” Poet (and contest judge) Patricia Hampl was also on hand to share her thoughts on the winning pieces. Close to 1,000 poets submitted their […]

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A Prairie Home Companion
Schedule

July 4, 2015

4:45 p.m.

St. Paul, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — Saint Paul — Macalester College

A live broadcast performance from Macalester College

July 26, 2015

7:30 p.m.

Bayfield, WI

The America the Beautiful Tour — Bayfield, WI

A live performance at the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua

July 27, 2015

7:30 p.m.

Appleton, WI

The America the Beautiful Tour — Appleton, WI

A live performance at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

July 28, 2015

8:00 p.m.

Interlochen, MI

The America the Beautiful Tour — Interlochen, MI

A live performance at the Interlochen Center for the Arts Kresge Auditorium

July 29, 2015

7:00 p.m.

Grand Rapids, MI

The America the Beautiful Tour — Grand Rapids, MI

A live performance at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

July 30, 2015

7:30 p.m.

East Lansing, MI

The America the Beautiful Tour — East Lansing, MI

A live performance at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts

July 31, 2015

8:15 p.m.

Chautauqua, NY

The America the Beautiful Tour — Chautauqua, NY

A live performance at the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater

August 1, 2015

8:00 p.m.

Ocean Grove, NJ

The America the Beautiful Tour — Ocean Grove, NJ

A live performance at the The Great Auditorium

August 2, 2015

7:00 p.m.

Lancaster, PA

The America the Beautiful Tour — Lancaster, PA

A live performance at the American Music Theatre

August 4, 2015

8:00 p.m.

Brooklyn, NY

The America the Beautiful Tour — Brooklyn, NY

A live performance at the Kings Theatre

Press/Clips
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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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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