The Keillor Reader — 2014

Original Publish Date: May 1, 2013

Garrison will hit the road for a coast-to-coast tour to launch the book. See all the tour dates →

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.”


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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"

Photos
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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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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Pioneer Press: R.B. Liggett, Former News Executive, Dies

Pioneer Press: R.B. Liggett, Former News Executive, Dies

Robert B. Liggett, 81, of 1125 Summit ave., Mahtomedi, sportsman and advertising man, died Thursday in St. Joseph’s hospital after a long illness.

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Radio

The News from Lake Wobegon for July 19, 2014

Ernie discovers the secret to a perfect knuckleball as the Whippets begin their season, high school graduates ponder their future, and the host shares a few memories of the Grand Ole Opry’s last night at the Ryman, in a monologue from June 1994.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for July 12, 2014

The town’s children spend Thanksgiving sick and in bed, Senator K. Thorvaldson’s mysterious love Laura comes to town to meet his family, and a few verses of “My Father, How Long,” in a monologue from November 1985.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for July 5, 2014

Marlene wins the “Best Pie in Town” contest, the World’s Largest Pile of Burlap Bags celebrates its 40th anniversary, and to avoid unwanted attention, the town decides not to mark its 150th anniversary.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for June 28, 2014

Thoughts on lawn maintenance and strawberry-rhubarb pie, the Tollefson boy considers moving to Los Angeles, and a deerfly bite helps the Whippets continue their winning season.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for June 21, 2014

The Whippets defeat the Holdingford Bulls in the rain on another long fly ball from Wayne Tommerdahl, Father Emil returns to Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility, garage sale season begins, and the Women’s Bible Study Group goes skinny-dipping.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for June 14, 2014

“Flag Day, Flag Day up in Lake Wobegon. They were supposed to do the Living Flag today.” The Whippets’ Wayne Tommerdahl hits the highest popup in team history in a victory over the Holdingford Bulls, the Thorvaldsons hold a graduation party for their daughter Amy, and Clint Bunsen spends some time at his family’s cabin.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for June 7, 2014

“It’s been June weather. Everything is happening at once. The dragonflies are all kind of breeding and they’re out and they’re mating.” Thoughts on desert living and the benefits of rhubarb, the high school’s senior class pulls the annual graduation ceremony prank, and parents contemplate their graduates’ futures.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for May 31, 2014

“The weather’s just been gorgeous. It was warm this last week, it was up in the 80s. There was a little bit of rain, not enough, but there’s never enough.” The Whippets win a few games with the help of young pitcher “Whiplash” Wilson, garage sale season begins, the Larson boy gets a job at Ralph’s Pretty Good Grocery, and a bat invades Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church and frightens Pastor Haugen.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for May 24, 2014

“Sunny and in the 70s, big white clouds up in the sky just like in a child’s picture book, and trees light green out of your Crayola box.” Families open up their cabins for the summer, the town celebrates Memorial Day with a parade, Lake Wobegon High School seniors plan their graduation parties, and the Whippets start their season.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for May 17, 2014

“It’s been raining and chilly at night out there so people are way behind on lawn care, but the tulips and daffodils are in bloom.” The town re-examines its philosophy on lawn care, the Lutheran Church holds its church picnic, and the war between Pastor Haugen and his secretary Marlene continues.

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Portfolio
A Prairie Home Companion
Schedule

August 29, 2014

7:45 p.m.

Falcon Heights, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — Minnesota State Fair

A live performance (recorded for broadcast the next day) at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand

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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