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 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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The News from Lake Wobegon for September 13, 2014

“It’s been a beautiful, beautiful week. It’s been warm and sunny–gets up into the 90s in the afternoon but the mornings are perfect.” The town deals with a heat wave and the meanest woman in Lake Wobegon passes away, in a monologue from June 2012.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for September 6, 2014

“It’s been getting warmer up there. The tulips are up a little bit, and the irises, and the lily of the valley as well.” Pastor Liz and Clint Bunsen spend some time together while digging a grave for Liz Tollefson, and Pastor Anderson weeps during her funeral service, in a monologue from March 2013.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for August 30, 2014

“Summer coming to an end and fall is about to begin. The nights are getting cool, sunset coming earlier and earlier, and in the morning there’s fog — mist out on the lake — and we can feel it coming.” Thoughts on the virtues of sweet corn and the exquisite boredom of summer, remembering Roger Hedlund with a story about his high school basketball days, and Pastor Liz returns from Rome to visit Marlene.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for August 23, 2014

“It was very brutally, brutally hot here this last week and the deerflies came in, which is a form of plague.” Powerful storms roll into Lake Wobegon, Luanne Peterson copes with the arrival of a new patient in the pediatric intensive care unit, and a story to comfort Luanne when she breaks down under an overpass during the storm, in a monologue from June 2012.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for August 16, 2014

“Our beautiful fall has come to an end. We got a frost here on Monday Night. People were talking about it down at the Chatterbox Cafe.” A monologue from October 2013, Eloise Krebsbach runs for mayor, the Lutheran Church updates its directory, Carl Krebsbach does a few odd jobs around town, and the Hedlunds dig up a Lake Wobegon ghost story.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for August 9, 2014

“Had a little bit of front on Monday just to remind us, you know, where we live. But otherwise it was warm. It was up in the 60s.” In a monologue from April 2012, the Lake Wobegon Whippets take some spring batting practice, Bud learns a lesson about friendship while putting the dock in the water, and Pastor Liz has an exciting evening on Easter Sunday.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for August 2, 2014

A few women appoint themselves “Pentecost Monitors” at the Lutheran Church, Pastor Ingqvist counsels prospective newlyweds, and the high school seniors play their annual practical joke on Superintendent Halvorson, in a monologue from June 2009.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for July 26, 2014

Gladys feels a longing for doomed love while listening to the opera, the Hansens’ dove-breeding business goes awry, Judy Ingqvist searches for elegance, and a few verses of “Aften (Stille, Hjerte, Sol gaar ned),” in a monologue from June 2007.

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Portfolio
A Prairie Home Companion Solo
Schedule

October 4, 2014

4:45 p.m.

Saint Paul, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — Saint Paul, MN

A live broadcast performance from the Fitzgerald Theater

October 11, 2014

4:45 p.m.

Saint Paul, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — Saint Paul, MN

A live broadcast performance from the Fitzgerald Theater

October 18, 2014

4:45 p.m.

Saint Paul, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — Saint Paul, MN

A live broadcast performance from the Fitzgerald Theater

October 27, 2014

7:30 p.m. CDT

Manhattan, KS

Manhattan, KS

A live performance at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS

October 28, 2014

7:30 p.m. CDT

Kansas City, MO

Kansas City, MO

A live performance at the Arvest Bank Theatre in Kansas City, MO

October 29, 2014

7:30 p.m. CDT

San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX

A live performance at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, TX

October 30, 2014

7:30 p.m. CDT

Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth, TX

A live performance at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, TX

November 1, 2014

4:45 p.m. CT

Minneapolis, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — Minneapolis

A live broadcast performance from the Pantages Theatre

November 8, 2014

4:45 p.m. CT

Duluth, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — Duluth

A live broadcast performance from the DECC Auditorium

November 9, 2014

7:00 p.m. ET

Royal Oak, MI

Royal Oak, MI

A live performance at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, MI

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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