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

February 28, 2015

4:45 p.m.

Minneapolis, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — Minneapolis, MN

A live broadcast performance from the State Theatre

March 7, 2015

4:45 p.m.

Minneapolis, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — Minneapolis, MN

A live broadcast performance from the State Theatre

March 8, 2015

7:00 p.m. ET

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, NC

A live performance at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, NC

March 9, 2015

7:30 p.m. ET

Columbia, SC

Columbia, SC

A live performance at the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia, SC

March 10, 2015

7:30 p.m. ET

Asheville, NC

Asheville, NC

A live performance at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, NC

Press/Clips
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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February

It is a strange winter, January mixed in with April,
A cold snap and the next day everything thaws,
And you wonder if the buses run and if the morning paper’ll
Come this morning—if we can still trust in natural laws.

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January

Another year gone and the old man with the scythe
Is moving closer. He hasn’t been subtle, has he.
Too many good people gone, and I could sit and cry
For them—except that you look exceptionally snazzy
And sexy despite the miles on your odometer,
As if you have a few more aces up your sleeve.

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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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Radio

The News from Lake Wobegon for February 21, 2015

“It’s been cold, but not that cold, and people are in a sort of festive mood.” High school students dress up to celebrate Snow Week; the men’s bible study group holds its Chili Dump; the story of Edgar “Left Foot” Mueller, who owned the Alhambra Ballroom; and the Sons of Knute begin their “Guess the Ice Melt” contest.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for January 31, 2015

“It’s been a very mild winter here so far. It was temperatures in the 30s here this last week, which makes us feel very uneasy.” Thoughts on the future of Minnesota winters and the state’s notoriety for harsh weather, the proper way to free a car stuck in a snowbank, and the benefits of competency.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for January 24, 2015

“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.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for January 17, 2015

“It has been warm this week, got up into the 30s, and so the sidewalks have been clear, and people have been walking out again.” The Sons of Knute host their January gala, the flu comes to Lake Wobegon, and Eloise Krebsbach attempts to live a stress-free life.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for January 10, 2015

“It’s been cold out there, you know that. Wednesday the high was 8 below, which is an interesting phenomenon, when the peak is below you.” Schools are closed statewide due to bitterly cold temperatures, people feel encumbered by Christmas gifts they did not want, and Clarence and Arlene Bunsen head to California for a winter vacation.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for January 3, 2015

“We got a little snow — a little snow Monday night. What a beautiful snowfall it was, and not all that cold out.” Unseasonably warm weather puts those who suffer from “Pump Handle Phobia” at ease. Plus, Mr. Hansen lends a hand around the neighborhood while his wife visits her sister in Florida, and reveals an unusual secret, in a monologue from January 2012.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for December 27, 2014

“They got snow out there and it turned good and cold and people are cheerful. People are more cheerful when it’s bitterly cold out there, because what is the choice?” Sidetrack Tap patrons perform some impromptu satellite dish maintenance, Irene and Clint Bunsen prepare for the holidays, Pastor Liz hosts a caroling party that gets the town talking, and memories of early television in Lake Wobegon, in a monologue from December 2013.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for December 20, 2014

“We’ve got snow, we’ve got snow, so we’re covered. Don’t worry about us. We’re just fine. Not so much sun this week.” Clint and Irene Bunsen serve Artillery Punch at their Christmas party, Pastor Liz’s mysterious gentleman friend causes a stir, and a few Christmas carols from the townspeople.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for December 13, 2014

“It has been warm out there, warm out there, and misty, and cloudy, and the snow is melting. It would be gloomy weather if you and I were sensitive people, which, thank goodness, we are not.” The local churches prepare for Christmas, Marilyn Tollerud receives a disturbing late-night call from her daughter Sharon, and a few thoughts on the benefits of winter.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for December 6, 2014

“You’ve come to that long, cold, dark time of the year. Not much can be said about that, except that if you have not spent December in the north of Norway, then you don’t know what ‘cold and dark’ is.” Pastor Inqvist considers writing a book about Lake Wobegon, Dorothy second-guesses a sentence in her Christmas letter, and Betty Ingebretsen accompanies the 4th and 5th grade carolers at the Good Shepherd Home.

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A Prairie Home Companion Solo
Schedule

February 28, 2015

4:45 p.m.

Minneapolis, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — Minneapolis, MN

A live broadcast performance from the State Theatre

March 7, 2015

4:45 p.m.

Minneapolis, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — Minneapolis, MN

A live broadcast performance from the State Theatre

March 8, 2015

7:00 p.m. ET

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, NC

A live performance at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, NC

March 9, 2015

7:30 p.m. ET

Columbia, SC

Columbia, SC

A live performance at the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia, SC

March 10, 2015

7:30 p.m. ET

Asheville, NC

Asheville, NC

A live performance at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, NC

March 11, 2015

7:00 p.m. ET

North Charleston, SC

North Charleston, SC

A live performance at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, SC

March 12, 2015

7:30 p.m. ET

Greenville, SC

Greenville, SC

A live performance at the Peace Center in Greenville, SC

March 29, 2015

4:00 p.m. ET

Newark, OH

Newark, OH

A live performance at the Midland Theatre in Newark, OH

March 30, 2015

7:00 p.m. ET

Dayton, OH

Dayton, OH

A live performance at the Banjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton, OH

March 31, 2015

7:30 p.m. ET

Portsmouth, OH

Portsmouth, OH

A live performance at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, OH

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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