The Keillor Reader — 2014

Original Publish Date: May 1, 2013

Read the book’s introduction →

Browse a few reviews and press mentions of the book →


From the Publisher:
When, at sixteen, he caught on as a sportswriter for the Anoka Herald, Garrison Keillor set out to become a professional writer, and so he has done—a storyteller, sometime comedian, essayist, newspaper columnist, screenwriter, poet. Now a single volume brings together the full range of his work: monologues from A Prairie Home Companion, stories from The New Yorker and The Atlantic, excerpts from novels, newspaper columns. With an extensive introduction and headnotes, photographs, and memorabilia, The Keillor Reader also presents pieces never before published, including the essays “Cheerfulness” and “What We Have Learned So Far.”


Purchase from Common Good Books →
Download for iBooks →
Download for Kindle →


At the book launch event, Garrison discussed his early days in radio and described the origins of Lake Wobegon:

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

Read the book’s introduction →

Browse a few reviews and press mentions of the book →


From the Publisher:
When, at sixteen, he caught on as a sportswriter for the Anoka Herald, Garrison Keillor set out to become a professional writer, and so he has done—a storyteller, sometime comedian, essayist, newspaper columnist, screenwriter, poet. Now a single volume brings together the full range of his work: monologues from A Prairie Home Companion, stories from The New Yorker and The Atlantic, excerpts from novels, newspaper columns. With an extensive introduction and headnotes, photographs, and memorabilia, The Keillor Reader also presents pieces never before published, including the essays “Cheerfulness” and “What We Have Learned So Far.”


Purchase from Common Good Books →
Download for iBooks →
Download for Kindle →


At the book launch event, Garrison discussed his early days in radio and described the origins of Lake Wobegon:

Writing

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

What wasn’t said on our Memorial Day

We trooped off to the Memorial Day service in light sprinkles Monday and listened to the speeches and wished it would rain hard, for the interest. The usual themes of ancestor worship and Pax Americana, and then a moment of silence and Taps, and we dispersed, feeling we’d not honored the fallen as they deserve […]

Read More

Six months to ponder American greatness

When your hearing gets so fuzzy you hear the word “peanuts” as “penis,” it’s time to stop in at the hearing-aid shop, lest one day you go to the ballgame and get arrested for indecent exposure. A reasonable man will do this. A man who prefers to live by what he imagines is a danger […]

Read More

We white men are looking to expand our mission

It’s good to hear that Bill Clinton will be put in charge of revitalizing the economy in a Hillary administration and be sent to troubled areas such as Appalachian coal country and inner-city Detroit, and not just promote literacy or physical fitness, the usual First Lady things. But I hope that at state dinners and […]

Read More

The value of being sweet

The TSA lady at Nashville airport said, “Thank you, sweetheart” as she handed back my ticket and driver’s license — which sort of amazed me. Up north where I’m from, a woman would not say that to a strange man unless at gunpoint and then only reluctantly. It made me feel good. It is very […]

Read More

Bob McDonnell and the Rolex Christians

Every time Bob McDonnell talks about his corruption conviction in Virginia, he mentions how Jesus Christ is sticking with him all the way, which surely is true. Jesus does not dump a guy just because he is sleazy. The Lord has always been there for thieves and malefactors, but this is mercy; it doesn’t mean […]

Read More

Minnesota stands ready to accept New York City’s refugees

Don’t quote me on this, but New York City is in the midst of digging a third tunnel, 60 miles long, deep underground, to bring in water from upstate reservoirs, and until it is finished, if either the first tunnel (1917) or the second (1936) should break down, half of the city would be without […]

Read More

No dementia for president, please

How did we wind up with these old people running for president? In 1960, the first election I voted in, Richard Nixon was 47 and John Kennedy was 43 and now, 56 years later, the candidates are mostly my age. Young people are flocking to Bernie Sanders who, given two terms in office, would be […]

Read More
Radio
The News from Lake Wobegon for June 18, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for June 18, 2016

“It has been warm, warm, warm out there, and sunny. It’s been beautiful with a few little thunderstorms in there for punctuation. People love those. It’s really the variety of our lives.” Pastor Liz smokes a cigarette at the Chatterbox Café, Darlene’s ex husband leaves his new wife, Florian Krebsbach buys a new piece of farm equipment, and the host recalls a shameful tomato incident.

Read More
The News from Lake Wobegon for June 11, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for June 11, 2016

“It’s been hot there this weekend, gradually getting up into the 90s, which makes Scandinavians very short-tempered. As soon as it gets up around 75, they become very impatient when they’re perspiring.” Mr. Halvorson decided to keep the high school’s graduation ceremony outdoors in the face of threatening weather, the host recalls delivering a disastrous commencement address in 1985, and thoughts on modern grad parties.

Read More
The News from Lake Wobegon for June 4, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for June 4, 2016

“It’s been rainy and that’s a good thing, it gives you a chance to stop and think things over and relieves you of having to do the things that you thought you had to do.” Pastor Inqvist and his family return for Memorial Day weekend, Clint Bunsen has a brain seizure while fixing Pastor Liz’s car, and the Whippets beat the Freeport Flyers in the Toast and Jelly Days game.

Read More
The News from Lake Wobegon for May 28, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for May 28, 2016

“Summer has finally arrived and the birds are singing. Everything is green and people are planting now in a fury of gardening.” Barbara Ann Bunsen sends her daughter to a self-esteem program, memories of great old storytellers who have passed away, and the town celebrates Memorial Day.

Read More
The News from Lake Wobegon for May 21, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for May 21, 2016

“It’s May, it’s been perfect, it’s been sunny, it’s been in the 70s, been absolutely beautiful. People sleeping at night with the windows open and then they wake up to the sound of birds singing out in the trees.” The town finds a way to complain in the midst of beautiful spring weather, Mildred makes off with $220,000 in cash and heads to Buenos Aires, and a few memories of the host’s Uncle Jack.

Read More
The News from Lake Wobegon for May 14, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for May 14, 2016

“It’s been chilly there, rather chilly last night. As a matter of fact, it almost got down below freezing, maybe just barely did, because a few snowflakes fell in town. Only a few people felt them.” Fishing season begins and men take to the water to contemplate life, Marilyn Tollerud catches her husband in an embarrassing situation, Father Wilmer gets a DNA test to learn more about his ancestry, and Mary Tollefson sends her cousin Bernice to a recovery program for retired clergy.

Read More
The News from Lake Wobegon for May 7, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for May 7, 2016

“It’s been sunny and warm up there, warm enough for us anyway, and it’s just been absolutely beautiful — been paradise, gorgeous.” Clarence Bunsen gets a haircut, the Lutheran Church council deals with a few small issues, and Duane Bunsen and his wife repair their relationship.

Read More
The News from Lake Wobegon for April 30, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for April 30, 2016

“It’s been rainy here this last week and a little chilly but now there’s this fine green haze in the trees overhead and the flowers are blooming.” Senator K. Thorvaldson returns from Florida and has some driving troubles, Florian and Myrtle Krebsbach argue about their living situation, and their son Carl miraculously reels in a monster carp.

Read More
The News from Lake Wobegon for April 23, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for April 23, 2016

“Suddenly the world has turned and now there’s this great profusion of flowers. We’ve had warm weather, up in the 70s and the magnolias are blooming, the daffodils, and the tulips, and the crocuses, and the wild ginger, and all of it.” The Berger boy joins a band called The Brass Monkeys, Earl and Ruby Dickmeier create the World’s Largest Ball of Baggies after the World’s Largest Pile of Burlap Bags catches fire, and Maureen gets the hiccups in the middle of Pastor Liz’s sermon.

Read More
The News from Lake Wobegon for April 16, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for April 16, 2016

“It got warm there all of a sudden and you could smell the dirt again. The farmers were out in the field — still a little wet to be plowing.” Pastor Liz checks in on the town’s Norwegian bachelor farmers, the Lutheran Church council approves a new budget, the high school begins their production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ and Lena Bunsen plans to remarry at the age of 75.

Read More
A Prairie Home Companion Solo
Schedule

June 25, 2016

Saturday

5:45 p.m.

Lenox, MA

A Prairie Home Companion — Lenox, MA

A live broadcast performance from the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood

July 1, 2016

Friday

8:00 p.m.

Los Angeles, CA

A Prairie Home Companion — Los Angeles, CA

A live performance at the Hollywood Bowl

September 2, 2016

Friday

7:45 p.m.

Falcon Heights, MN

The Minnesota Show — Falcon Heights, MN

A live performance at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand

September 17, 2016

Saturday

7:30 p.m.

Hyannis, MA

Hyannis, MA

A live performance at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center

September 18, 2016

Sunday

3:00 p.m.

Lexington, MA

Lexington, MA

A live performance at Cary Hall

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

Keane, 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

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

Press/Clips

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.

Read More
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

Read More
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

Read More
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

Read More
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.

Read More
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

Read More
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

Read More
The Keillor Reader — Press

The Keillor Reader — Press

A few reviews and press mentions for The Keillor Reader

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More
Get In Touch
Send Message