San Francisco, CA — A Mardi Gras Celebration

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
7:30 p.m. PT

A live performance at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco, with Elvin Bishop, KAMBARA + DANCERS, Heather Masse, and Richard Dworsky

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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 Solo The Gratitude Tour

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

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
7:30 p.m. PT

A live performance at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco, with Elvin Bishop, KAMBARA + DANCERS, Heather Masse, and Richard Dworsky

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Writing

It’s poetry month, so write one, Terence

April is Poetry Month, a painful reminder for some, who suffered under English teachers who made them write about the cherry tree wearing white for Eastertide or “The Love Song of J. Alfred Pruneface” by T.S. Eliot, that small dark cloud of a poet.

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Trump has no idea how to tend his garden

What a world. I spend an evening looking at a friend’s video he shot in Uganda, impoverished people dancing with hands over their heads, overjoyed that a well has been dug and they can drink good water without having to hike for miles. The next day I read about a foundation grant to create storytelling programs in small towns to create radical reimaginings of narratives that lead to healing. And then the Boy President is on TV with Angela Merkel looking at him and thinking, “Who is that old game-show host standing at the lectern? What movie am I in?”

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The Donner Party understood health care — so does Trump

Last fall when he was winning hearts and minds in the Midwest, Mr. Red Cap promised to remove the curse of Obamacare from the nation and replace it with something beautiful that would cover everybody. Now that Trumpcare is out for previews, he is still upbeat and says he is in a “beautiful negotiation” and will wind up with a “beautiful picture,” but it’s no longer about everybody. And the picture seems more like a watercolor than a photo.

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The Epic of Donald Trump

The $54 billion bonus heading for the Pentagon is a beautiful thing, and so far I haven’t heard a dog bark against it, even though we don’t appear to have $54 billion worth of new enemies and we’ve now come to admire former enemy Vladimir Putin, and the idea of throwing billions at the Islamic State is like going after bedbugs with bazookas, so there it sits, a big lake of cash waiting for water skiers.

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Confessions of the most important man in the universe

Joe Biden is following me. I go to lunch at Mickey’s Diner and he’s sitting two stools away, wearing a stocking cap and a fake mustache with a fake nose and glasses but he says, “Hey, how’s it going, fella?” It’s Joe Biden. So pathetic. Sad.

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Trumpology is your old uncle with better lighting

“Maniacal” is not a word you care to hear about the president of the United States, especially not from his close adviser. Previously, “maniacal” was reserved for the Joker, Doctor Doom, Dr. No, Lex Luthor, and the boy fuehrer of North Korea, but there it was, uttered by Stephen Bannon to the conservatives congregated in Washington — “maniacally focused” — which tells you why Mr. Bannon is not allowed out very often: he would scare the bejabbers out of the good Republican voters in the Midwest. He is a Crusader and out here in flat country, where we don’t have huge boulders to hide behind, we try to get along with the neighbors.

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Donald Trump’s tremendous Sermon on the Mount

The Lord is my shepherd. OK? Totally. Big league. He is a tremendous shepherd. The best. No comparison. I know more than most people about herding sheep. And that’s why I won the election in a landslide and it’s why my company is doing very very well. Because He said, “I’m with you, Donald. You will never want.”

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Strangers meeting in a snowstorm in Vermont

I flew into Boston in a snowstorm Sunday, coming in low over little white houses in the gray murk, and my connecting flight to Vermont was canceled, so I rented a car and set out into the storm. I had told Vermont I’d be there and once you start canceling things, where do you stop?

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What Mark Twain killed, Donald Trump has revived

The Constitution does not allow 13-year-olds to become president and after last week we can see why. The Boy President proudly holding his latest executive order up for the cameras, to show that he knows right-side-up from upside-down. Bringing his Supreme Court nominee onstage (“So was that a surprise? Was it?”) Hanging up on the prime minister of Australia. His homage to Frederick Douglass (“someone who’s done an amazing job”) for Black History Month. Twittering about the “so-called judge” who stopped the Muslim travel ban. Pictured in full smirk at the National Prayer Breakfast, preening, bloviating (“In towns all across our land, it’s plain to see what we easily forget — so easily we forget this, that the quality of our lives is not defined by our material success, but by our spiritual success”) on a scale of bloviation equal to Warren G. Harding and the great gasbags of the 19th century. You think, let the man be president but please don’t put him in charge of the Weather Service or Amtrak or the TSA.

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Republicans, the nation looks to you

What we know so far is that the man is who he is. There is no larger, finer man inside him trying to get out. Everyone who is paying attention knows this. Flags flying at the Capitol, the U.S. Marine Band, gray eminences in black coats, and He Who Is Smarter than Those With Intelligence delivers 16 minutes of hooey and horse hockey about corrupt politicians betraying the people, and American carnage, and patriotism healing our divisions, though the division is mainly about Himself and love of country does not necessarily make people stupid.

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Radio
The News from Lake Wobegon for March 25, 2017

The News from Lake Wobegon for March 25, 2017

“Had some nice days here this last week. It wasn’t too terribly cold. The sun was shining.” Lyle teaches high school students about the vernal equinox, the town’s old men discuss modern cars, and the last of the rhubarb gets made into pies at the Chatterbox Cafe, in a monologue from March 1997.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for March 18, 2017

The News from Lake Wobegon for March 18, 2017

“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, in a March 2014 monologue.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for March 11, 2017

The News from Lake Wobegon for March 11, 2017

“It was the most beautiful snowfall in yesterday morning in Lake Wobegon. It was just gorgeous, it was like something out of a children’s book.” The town pledges for the annual “Big Plunge” fundraising event, Lake Wobegon High School students learn about owls, and a local English teacher makes an enriching discovery while walking in the woods, in a monologue from March 2013.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for March 4, 2017

The News from Lake Wobegon for March 4, 2017

“It’s been warm there. It’s been up in the thirties so the snow’s been melting and dripping off the icicles, and the sidewalks are clear.” Animals venture into the town’s yards to look for food, and Alan Jansky returns for a visit after living in Santa Barbara for years, a monologue from March 2008.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for February 25, 2017

The News from Lake Wobegon for February 25, 2017

“It’s been warm there. It’s been up in the 20s and so we don’t know when the other shoe is going to drop but we are sure that it will eventually, sooner rather than later.” Myrtle Krebsbach hosts the Valentine’s Day supper and dance, rumors swirl after Pastor Inqvist spends a few days in Nashville, and thoughts on the temptation of putting your tongue on a pump handle in the winter, a monologue originally from February 2003.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for February 18, 2017

The News from Lake Wobegon for February 18, 2017

“It’s been cold here, got down to 30-below wind chill here earlier in the week, starting to warm up a little bit now. They are forecasting more snow for Monday, Tuesday night.” Corrine Tollerud returns from St. Olaf College for a weekend, the Hansens attempt to prevent their dog from being hit by cars, Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church holds its Lenten services, and Cindy Hedlund meets someone online after just a few months as a widow, in a monologue from February 2015.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for February 11, 2017

The News from Lake Wobegon for February 11, 2017

“It’s been cold there. The furnaces are starting to make strange noises and enormous icicles the size of Minuteman missiles hang from the eves down there.” A few stories about the host’s distinguished East Coast ancestors, the Valentine’s Day Robbery on the Great Northern Railroad, and a childhood Valentine’s Day experience, in a monologue from February 2004.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for February 4, 2017

The News from Lake Wobegon for February 4, 2017

“It’s been not quite so cold this last week…” Carl Krebsbach gets into a car accident, conversation at the Sidetrack Tap turns even dumber than usual, and Leland buys the Everett house using money he’s made running insurance scams, in a monologue from February 1997.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for January 28, 2017

The News from Lake Wobegon for January 28, 2017

“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 January 2015.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for January 21, 2017

The News from Lake Wobegon for January 21, 2017

“It got ferociously cold here on Thursday–Wednesday and Thursday–so school was canceled on Thursday. They heard about it Thursday morning on the rise-and-shine show Ole and Toivu.” Senator K. Thorvaldson prepares for a trip to Arizona, Carl Krebsbach considers giving up the carpentry business, and Pastor Liz’s boyfriend Cliff attends another service at the Lutheran Church, in a monologue from January 2014.

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A Prairie Home Companion Solo The Gratitude Tour
Schedule

April 4, 2017

Tuesday

7:30 p.m.

Missoula, MT

Missoula, MT

A live performance at the University of Montana’s Dennison Theatre

April 5, 2017

Wednesday

7:30 p.m.

Pocatello, ID

Pocatello, ID

A live performance at the Idaho State University’s Jensen Concert Hall

April 6, 2017

Thursday

7:30 p.m.

Billings, MT

Billings, MT

A live performance at the Alberta Bair Theater

April 7, 2017

Friday

7:00 p.m.

Laramie, WY

Laramie, WY

A live performance at the University of Wyoming’s A&S Auditorium

April 8, 2017

Saturday

7:30 p.m.

Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, NV

A live performance at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts

April 9, 2017

Sunday

3:00 p.m.

Bellingham, WA

Bellingham, WA

A live performance at the Mount Baker Theatre

April 10, 2017

Monday

7:30 p.m.

Olympia, WA

Olympia, WA

A live performance at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts

April 12, 2017

Wednesday

7:30 p.m.

Anchorage, AK

Anchorage, AK

A live performance at the Atwood Concert Hall

April 13, 2017

Thursday

7:30 p.m.

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA

A live performance at the Pantages Theater

April 15, 2017

Saturday

7:00 p.m.

Bremerton, WA

Bremerton, WA

A live performance at the Admiral Theatre

Press/Clips
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CBS Sunday Morning — Garrison Keillor signs off — June 26, 2016

CBS Sunday Morning — Garrison Keillor signs off — June 26, 2016

A profile of Garrison as he prepares to retire from A Prairie Home Companion

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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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