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

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

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 November 5, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for November 5, 2016

“There was a full moon on Thursday, it snowed a little bit, the sun now goes down before five o’clock and will for a while. Cold is here. The kids are still wearing light jackets because they’re from here, that’s all.” Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church celebrates All Saints’ Day and Clint Bunsen gives up deer hunting, a monologue from November 2014.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for October 29, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for October 29, 2016

“We had our big frost and it turned cold. All the flowers are dead. They say we’ll get some snow before Thanksgiving.” Donnie Krebsbach heads to Minneapolis to visit his in-laws and his son returns to town to help a distraught girl learn more about her uncle (who, it turns out, was secretly engaged to Tina Lundeen), a monologue from November 2013.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for October 22, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for October 22, 2016

“It’s been chilly, of course, because it is almost the end of October. Mist over the lake every morning, the Canada Geese are heading South overhead.” Pastor Liz delivers a sermon about the Parable of the Wedding Feast, a man visits Ralph’s Pretty Good Grocery to buy a cup of coffee though they don’t sell coffee, and the story of the time Eugene Berge picked up a hitchhiker, in an October 2014 monologue.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for October 15, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for October 15, 2016

“It’s fall. It’s a gorgeous, gorgeous fall. It’s been chilly, down into the 30s at night.” Thoughts on the benefits of cold weather and Minnesota living, the town watches a lunar eclipse, and Pastor Liz moves into the Lewises’ cabin, in a monologue from October 2014.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for October 8, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for October 8, 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 October 1, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for October 1, 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 24, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for September 24, 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 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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A Prairie Home Companion Solo
Schedule

December 11, 2016

Sunday

7:00 p.m.

Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville, FL

A live performance at the Florida Theatre

December 12, 2016

Monday

7:00 p.m.

Clearwater, FL

Clearwater, FL

A live performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall

December 13, 2016

Tuesday

8:00 p.m.

Sarasota, FL

Sarasota, FL

A live performance at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

December 14, 2016

Wednesday

8:00 p.m.

Naples, FL

Naples, FL

A live performance at Hayes Hall

December 15, 2016

Thursday

7:00 p.m.

Fort Pierce, FL

Fort Pierce, FL

A live performance at the Sunrise Theatre

January 5, 2017

Thursday

7:30 p.m.

Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

A live performance at the Gaillard Center

January 6, 2017

Friday

7:00 p.m.

Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

A live performance at the Savannah Civic Center Johnny Mercer Theater

January 7, 2017

Saturday

7:00 p.m.

Macon, GA

Macon, GA

A live performance at the Macon City Auditorium

January 8, 2017

Sunday

7:00 p.m.

Columbus, GA

Columbus, GA

A live performance at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts

January 21, 2017

Saturday

7:30 p.m.

Rohnert Park, CA

Rohnert Park, CA

A live performance at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center

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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