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 14, 2016

Sunday

3:00 p.m.

Omaha, NE

Omaha, NE

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

Press/Clips
Writing

What every New Yorker knows about Donald Trump

I know, it seems outrageous, But it’s getting a lot of attention on some very respectable Web pages — which mainstream media won’t mention: Donald Trump was not born in Queens, He was born in the Philippines, In a hotel in downtown Manila. Where his hair turned bright vanilla Due to vitamin deficiencies. Read the […]

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Hillary Clinton’s concrete shoes

I saw Hillary Clinton once working a rope line for more than an hour, a Secret Service man holding her firmly by the hips as she leaned over the rope and reached into the mass of arms and hands reaching out to her. She had learned the art of encountering the crowd and making it […]

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Kool-Aid, cheese curds and an escape from Trump

The sight of Percherons makes me happy. So do deep-fried cheese curds, newborn lambs and those designer chickens with feathery pompom anklets, and then you enter the Horticulture Building and see pumpkins the size of studio apartments, large enough to house a man and his wife, so today I am happy, having attended the Minnesota […]

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When this is over, you will have nothing that you want

The cap does not look good on you, it’s a duffer’s cap, and when you come to the microphone, you look like the warm-up guy, the guy who announces the license number of the car left in the parking lot, doors locked, lights on, motor running. The brim shadows your face, which gives a sinister […]

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Make the most of your brief time on Earth

Life is good if you have your health and not all bad even if you don’t, which is sometimes forgotten in an election year, what with the high-pitched oratory on behalf of the embittered rich and people with ingrown toenails and what not. Apparently we are on the verge of losing our Second Amendment rights […]

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Trump as president is unthinkable. That’s why so many find it fascinating.

Summer weather leads toward cranial relaxation and you know it and I know it. You walk out your front door into the heat and an 800-pound anvil falls out of the oak tree on your head and flattens you like a pancake. It’s the anvil you bought because it cost $150, which is a good […]

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God help us. We’re in trouble down here.

The word “loser” is spoken with such contempt these days, a man might like to forget the losses in his own life that taught him something about good judgment. The money he invested in that casino in Atlantic City that went bust, the university course he enrolled in that promised to teach him the secrets […]

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Life is short: Skip the self-pity, grand quests and inevitable despair

I saw one of my novels at a yard sale last week, and it appeared to have been used as a coaster. The interior was quite pristine, but there were rings on the cover where wet glasses had been set. It was on sale for 35 cents. Had I known I was only writing a […]

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The braggart with the ducktail who would be president

It is the most famous ducktail in America today, the hairdo of wayward youth of a bygone era, and it’s astonishing to imagine it under the spotlight in Cleveland, being cheered by Republican dignitaries. The class hood, the bully and braggart, the guy revving his pink Chevy to make the pipes rumble, presiding over the […]

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The shame of the graduation speaker

The father of the graduate is a footman at the festivities, a porter, a supernumerary. Through cunning and perseverance, he has accumulated the pots of gold required to raise a girl nowadays, supply the wardrobe and the array of lotions and emollients, pay the string of retainers and therapists, foot the bill for class trips […]

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Radio
The News from Lake Wobegon for September 17, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for September 17, 2016

“This was the week when the weather turned, just came all of a sudden. This last week, the wind shifted around from the North and you could feel that the temperature dropped about 20 degrees.” In a monologue from October 2004, the host wades into frigid water to help Uncle Dean and Aunt Evelyn retrieve the dock, and considers Kafka while visiting Prague. Cousin Larry visits relatives in Norway.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for September 10, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for September 10, 2016

“It’s been cold and windy there and on the verge of turning warm and sunny, and just when you think it will, we get a little bit of snow, typical for Minnesota at this time of the year.” Regulars visit the Chatterbox Café to complain about their lives and Carl Krebsbach reminisces about an early relationship with Anne Marie Meister, a monologue from April 1995.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for September 3, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for September 3, 2016

“It’s been a beautiful, beautiful last week of summer, especially for those of us who don’t have to work — you know, which I don’t, being retired and everything. It heightens the pleasure to see other people working so hard, which you do.” Thoughts on growing up as a writer in Lake Wobegon, and a few memories of high school romance at the Minnesota State Fair.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for August 27, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for August 27, 2016

“It’s been chilly, been cloudy this whole week but we’re used to it. It doesn’t really matter.” Lake Wobegon High School’s class of 2013 graduates, tales of graduation ceremony pranks from years past, and thoughts on being a commencement speaker, in a monologue from June 2013.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for August 6, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for August 6, 2016

“We had some thunderstorms in Lake Wobegon this last week. We say it was a quiet week in Lake Wobegon but it was kind of wild and kind of violent.” The Whippets defeat the Holdingford Bulls in the rain on another long fly ball from Wayne Tommerdahl, Father Emil returns to Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility, garage sale season begins, and the Women’s Bible Study Group goes skinny-dipping, in a monologue from June 2014.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for July 30, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for July 30, 2016

“Glorious, glorious, glorious, magnificent week of fall. These beautiful, beautiful trees — such splendor, such majesty.” Pastor Inqvist gets a new hat; encounters Merle Sanderson, one of the Lutheran pastors who was with him during an infamous pontoon boat incident; performs a last-minute baptism; and receives a troubling telephone message — a monologue from October 2000.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for July 23, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for July 23, 2016

“Such a beautiful, beautiful, heartbreaking, terribly beautiful fall. You go out and walk along the streets of that little town, under the golden, and the red and the orange, trees.” Darryl and Marilyn Tollerud visit their son Eric at St. Cloud State and reminisce about the early years of their courtship, Marilyn attends her parents’ 60th anniversary party, and Darryl discovers a box of letters from his first love, Ellen — a monologue from October 1999.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for July 16, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for July 16, 2016

“Last Saturday night, people in Lake Wobegon ate supper on their porches and went outside after the sun went down, in their shirtsleeves, and walked out under the full moon.” Earl and Ruby Dickmeyer plan a trip to visit their daughter Debbie in Fort Myers, Earl’s “World’s Largest Pile of Burlap Bags” attracts international acclaim, and Ruby and Sister Arvonne argue about the latest selection for the ladies’ book club, in a monologue from October 1997.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for July 9, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for July 9, 2016

“Summer has come on, the raspberries are ripe, there are hummingbirds everywhere — it’s been getting warm and humid here.” Wally brings a case of mead to the Sidetrack Tap, the parents of Lake Wobegon deal with high school and college students who are home for the summer, and the perfect cover story for laziness, in a monologue from June 2013.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for July 2, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for July 2, 2016

“It was a beautiful, beautiful summer day, one of those perfect summer days that we think are rare, and actually they are not. And, anyway, how many do we deserve, I mean, how many do we expect as our due?” The host delivers his final update from his hometown, describes reading and playing baseball in his younger days, recalls the town’s residents who’ve passed away, ponders his legacy as a writer, and offers a few limericks to live by.

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A Prairie Home Companion Solo
Schedule

September 26, 2016

Monday

7:00 p.m.

Pensacola, FL

Pensacola, FL

A live performance at the Sanger Theatre

September 27, 2016

Tuesday

7:30 p.m.

Keane, NH

Keene, NH

A live performance at the Colonial Theater

September 28, 2016

Wednesday

7:00 p.m.

Lexington, MA

Lexington, MA

A live performance at Cary Hall

September 29, 2016

Thursday

8:00 p.m.

Greensboro, NC

Greensboro, NC

A live performance at the Carolina Theatre

September 30, 2016

Friday

8:00 p.m.

West Chester, PA

West Chester, PA

A live performance at West Chester University’s Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall

October 2, 2016

Sunday

7:00 p.m.

London, England

A Letter from America — London, England, UK

A live performance with Philip Brunelle and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall

October 15, 2016

Saturday

7:30 p.m.

Green Bay, WI

Green Bay, WI

A live performance at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

October 17, 2016

Monday

7:00 p.m.

Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee, WI

A live performance at the Pabst Theater

October 20, 2016

Thursday

8:00 p.m.

Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City, OK

A live performance at the Hudson Performance Hall

October 21, 2016

Friday

8:00 p.m.

Overland Park, KS

Overland Park, KS

A live performance at Johnson County Community College

Press/Clips
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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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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