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 31, 2015

8:30 p.m.

Saint Paul, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — January Jump Start — Saint Paul, MN

A live performance at the Fitzgerald Theater

January 31, 2015

4:45 p.m.

Saint Paul, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — Saint Paul, MN

A live broadcast performance from the Fitzgerald Theater

February 2, 2015

7:30 p.m. PT

Chico, CA

Chico, CA

A live performance at the Laxson Auditorium in Chico, CA

February 3, 2015

8:00 p.m. PT

Palm Desert, CA

Palm Desert, CA

A live performance at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA

February 4, 2015

7:30 p.m. PT

Modesto, CA

Modesto, CA

A live performance at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, CA

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

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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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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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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Radio

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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The News from Lake Wobegon for November 29, 2014

“It was good and cold on Thanksgiving Day, which was good. It just made Thanksgiving feel more necessary somehow.” Families destroy the social order by purchasing their Thanksgiving meals online, The Host prepares a subpar Grape Salad, and a few observations about unique holiday traditions.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for November 22, 2014

“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.

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A Prairie Home Companion Solo
Schedule

January 31, 2015

8:30 p.m.

Saint Paul, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — January Jump Start — Saint Paul, MN

A live performance at the Fitzgerald Theater

January 31, 2015

4:45 p.m.

Saint Paul, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — Saint Paul, MN

A live broadcast performance from the Fitzgerald Theater

February 2, 2015

7:30 p.m. PT

Chico, CA

Chico, CA

A live performance at the Laxson Auditorium in Chico, CA

February 3, 2015

8:00 p.m. PT

Palm Desert, CA

Palm Desert, CA

A live performance at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA

February 4, 2015

7:30 p.m. PT

Modesto, CA

Modesto, CA

A live performance at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, CA

February 5, 2015

7:30 p.m. PT

Escondido, CA

Escondido, CA

A live performance at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, CA

February 15, 2015

7:00 p.m. ET

Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

A live performance at the Savannah Civic Center in Savannah, GA

February 16, 2015

8:00 p.m. ET

Naples, FL

Naples, FL

A live performance at Artis—Naples in Naples, FL

February 17, 2015

7:30 p.m. ET

Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville, FL

A live performance at the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s Jacoby Hall in Jacksonville, FL

February 18, 2015

7:30 p.m. ET

Tallahassee, FL

Tallahassee, FL

A live performance at Florida State University’s Ruby Diamond Concert Hall in Tallahassee, FL

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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