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

Garrison’s upcoming appearances, including A Prairie Home Companion broadcasts, solo performances, and book tour events

Writing

The decline of small talk and common experiences

A man says to me, “How do you like that car?”
I’m standing by a little green Kia.
“It’s not mine, it’s a rental,” I say.
I’m in the town of Okeechobee, Fla., parked on the main drag in front of Nutmeg’s Cafe.
“Where you from?” he says.
“Minnesota.”
“I hear they just got more snow up there.”

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Christmas lives on

It is hard to believe that the Creator of our universe with its billions of galaxies could have sent Himself to this little blue blip not so long ago in the form of an infant born to a virgin, to be first worshiped by illiterate shepherds where He lay in a feed trough, livestock peering down at Him, Eastern potentates following a star to the site. But here we are again, singing those songs, so we shall see.

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What will be Trump’s legacy? Who cares.

Was Donald J. Trump a recruit in
The Russians’ quest for a route in-
To the Oval Office
By way of a novice?
Trump pooh-poohs it: pooh-Putin.

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The damage that 80,000 Trump voters in three states can do

He promised the swamp would be drained,
Was elected, said “Rain!” and it rained
And the old crocodiles
Wore flesh-eating smiles
And the turtles were well entertained.

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Making America profane again

So many Trumpists have written in since the election, and I am grateful for their interest and also impressed by the sheer variety of their profanity. I never learned to swear that well because by the time my mother died, at 97, it was too late for me to learn. I gather from the letters that their lives were devastated by the advent of gay marriage, political correctness, the threat of gun control, the arrogance of liberals, and now a champion rises from Fifth Avenue & 56th Street and God forbid that any dog should bark when he speaks or any pigeon drop white matter on his limousine.

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Trump voters — it’s not me, it’s you

So we have split up. Democrats and Republicans. Mutual loathing. So Thanksgiving is ruined, maybe Christmas. We Hillarians look at strangers in the airport and think, “You did, didn’t you? Yes, you did.” And they know who we are. If I were drowning and calling for help, they would throw me a large rock. If they were drowning, I’d toss them an anvil. Scripture says to love your enemy but it doesn’t say exactly when or how.

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Donald Trump will be president, yes, but life will go on

It was gratifying that after Wisconsin voted him into the presidency, the gentleman did not talk about putting Hillary in prison. That was a nice surprise. And when he met with Obama of Kenya, the white sahib was well-behaved, listened to what the African had to say, did not interrupt or call him stupid, and in fact thanked the alien for meeting with him. He did a good impersonation of modesty.

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Trump voters will not like what happens next

So he won. The nation takes a deep breath. Raw ego and proud illiteracy have won out, and a severely learning-disabled man with a real character problem will be president. We are so exhausted from thinking about this election, millions of people will take up leaf-raking and garage cleaning with intense pleasure. We liberal elitists are wrecks. The Trumpers had a whale of a good time, waving their signs, jeering at the media, beating up protesters, chanting “Lock her up” — we elitists just stood and clapped. Nobody chanted “Stronger Together.” It just doesn’t chant.

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Don’t make me use the Ira Glass, Republicans

I cannot speak for others, but I do not believe that James Comey of the FBI has used KGB hackers to plant e-mails in Anthony Weiner’s laptop and thereby rig the election for Donald Trump whose double is waiting in a Russian sub off Staten Island, but I keep hearing this from people and so I’ll have to look into it. Nor has it been established for certain that Mr. Comey is the love child of Clyde Tolson by J. Edgar Hoover (the J. stands for Jennifer), but on the other hand we don’t know that it’s not true, and Mr. Comey does seem to have J.’s lovely liquid eyes.

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Bob Dylan, Donald Trump and the wrong prizes

It’s time for recombobulation, after this long-running smash-hit presidential campaign, which you have enjoyed to the hilt and don’t deny it. Never been anything like it. The hulking duke of darkness, the nasty lady in white. Goodbye, high school civics. Hello, Shakespeare. But now we must deal with serious business, such as the foolishness of the Smithsonian wanting to spend $300,000 to preserve Dorothy’s ruby-red slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.” (No, no, no, no, no. They’re only shoes, folks. If you want to see them, watch the movie and Judy Garland will click the heels together. Spend the money to sweeten the retirement plans of museum guards.) And we must deal with Bob Dylan and his attitude toward the Nobel Prize in Literature, and will he go to Stockholm in December?

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Radio
The News from Lake Wobegon for January 14, 2017

The News from Lake Wobegon for January 14, 2017

“We got a little snow — a little snow Monday night. What a beautiful snowfall it was, and not all that cold out.” The recent 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, a monologue from January 2012.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for January 7, 2017

The News from Lake Wobegon for January 7, 2017

“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.” 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, a monologue from October 2013.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for December 31, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for December 31, 2016

“The gospel message this morning at the Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church, in case you missed the service, actually the epistle, was the verse from the Colossians in which it says to put on the clothes of compassion and kindness and to forgive each other as God has forgiven us.” A few thoughts on making the transition to a new year, in a brief monologue from December 2006.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for December 24, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for December 24, 2016

“It’s been much too warm out there. It’s been raining. It looks dreary — it doesn’t look like the festival of lights whatsoever.” A series of misunderstandings draws a crowd to Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility, the Tolleruds reluctantly accept a gift from a NYC relative, Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church celebrates St. Lucia Day, and the high school choir goes caroling, in a monologue from December 2011.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for December 17, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for December 17, 2016

“It’s been warm. It’s been in the 40s now, so we’re having to face up to the prospect of a brown Christmas but we just have to deal with it, that’s all.” The Tolleruds retrieve and care for their escaped bull, Pastor Liz attempts to increase membership in the men’s and women’s bible study groups, and Darlene flirts with Nelson Tollefson, a monologue from December 2015.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for December 10, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for December 10, 2016

“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, in a monologue from December 2014.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for December 3, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for December 3, 2016

“We finally got our decent snowfall here on Wednesday night and now Minnesota can look Buffalo and the Yukon in the eye. We need not be ashamed any longer.” Mr. Berge enlists shoveling help after the season’s first big snowfall, Corrine Tollerud breaks up with her boyfriend, thoughts on modern child rearing, and memories of harrowing school bus rides, in a December 2013 monologue.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for November 26, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for November 26, 2016

“It’s been chilly, but then we expected it would be. It’s been clear sunny days, cold, clear nights. You can look up and see the stars up there.” Lake Wobegon celebrates Thanksgiving by sharing a few stories from years past, the Tollefsons prepare a turkey using their grandmother’s recipe, and Pastor Liz’s boyfriend attends a service at the Lutheran Church, in a monologue from November 2013.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for November 19, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for November 19, 2016

“We got some more snow here this last week and it’s been a little bit cold–no big deal. People are cheerful out there. Furnaces are on now.” The town prepares for ice fishing season, Solveig returns from California to make lutefisk, and the exiles begin to trickle back home for Thanksgiving, in a monologue from November 2014.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for November 12, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for November 12, 2016

“It’s gotten cold up there, just genuinely cold, and we can tell it’s cold because the teenagers are now putting on jackets and scarves and mittens and hats and so forth.” Fred contemplates giving up furnace repair and moving to Texas, Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church prepares for its lutefisk dinner, Myron has knee replacement surgery, and Pastor Liz receives a strange call for help in the middle of the night, a monologue from November 2013.

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A Prairie Home Companion Solo The Gratitude Tour
Schedule

January 24, 2017

Tuesday

7:30 p.m.

Turlock, CA

Turlock, CA

A live performance at the Turlock Community Theatre

January 25, 2017

Wednesday

7:30 p.m.

Escondido, CA

Escondido, CA

A live performance at the California Center for the Arts

January 26, 2017

Thursday

7:30 p.m.

Thousand Oaks, CA

Thousand Oaks, CA

A live performance at the Fred Kavli Theatre

January 27, 2017

Friday

8:00 p.m.

Palm Desert, CA

Palm Desert, CA

A live performance at the McCallum Theatre

February 13, 2017

Monday

7:30 p.m.

Rutland, VT

Rutland, VT

A live performance at the Paramount Theatre

February 14, 2017

Tuesday

7:30 p.m.

Lebanon, NH

Lebanon, NH

A live performance at the Lebanon Opera House

February 15, 2017

Wednesday

8:00 p.m.

Albany, NY

Albany, NY

A live performance at the Hart Theatre

February 16, 2017

Thursday

7:30 p.m.

Burlington, VT

Burlington, VT

A live performance at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

February 17, 2017

Friday

8:00 p.m.

Rochester, NY

Rochester, NY

A live performance at the Eastman Theatre

February 18, 2017

Saturday

8:00 p.m.

Northampton, MA

Northampton, MA

A live performance at the Academy of Music 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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