The Keillor Reader — 2014

Original Publish Date: May 1, 2013

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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"

A Prairie Home Companion Solo

March 30, 2015

7:00 p.m. ET

Dayton, OH

Dayton, OH

A live performance at the Banjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton, OH

March 31, 2015

7:30 p.m. ET

Portsmouth, OH

Portsmouth, OH

A live performance at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, OH

April 1, 2015

7:30 p.m. ET

Fort Wayne, IN

Fort Wayne, IN

A live performance at Indiana University – Purdue University in Fort Wayne, IN

April 2, 2015

7:15 p.m. CT

Paducah, KY

Paducah, KY

A live performance at the Luther F. Carson Center in Paducah, KY

April 9, 2015

7:30 p.m. ET

Reading, PA

Reading, PA

A live performance at the Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading, PA

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

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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February

It is a strange winter, January mixed in with April,
A cold snap and the next day everything thaws,
And you wonder if the buses run and if the morning paper’ll
Come this morning—if we can still trust in natural laws.

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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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Radio

The News from Lake Wobegon for March 28, 2015

“It snowed this last week. It was harmful, it was hurtful to people, and people suffered from it. They were angry at it.” The town attends the high school’s production of ‘Our Town,’ Sarah Peterson worries her parents by becoming successful, and Mavis investigates Vern’s past, in a monologue from May 2013.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for March 21, 2015

“We’re calling it spring there. It sort of seemed to be spring for a few hours here and a few hours there so that’s what people are saying when they run into each other on Main Street.” Spring arrives in Lake Wobegon, young people begin to go outside without jackets, and Lyle Janske runs the high school basketball concessions stand to take his mind off his son’s illness.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for March 14, 2015

“We’ve had snow out there, we’ve had about a foot-and-a-half of snow here this last week. It just sort of killed some people. They’re just tired of winter but it snowed anyway, despite their objections.” Pastor Liz returns from a vacation to Carmel, California and spends some time at the Sidetrack Tap, Marilyn Hedlund evaluates her past romances, and Clint and Irene Bunsen celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary at the Moonlight Bay Supper Club.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for March 7, 2015

“It is warming up, getting up into the 30s, and 40s are forecast, and Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday so there will be a coffee hour at the Lutheran Church one hour before the service for people who forget to turn their clocks forward.” Pastor Liz delivers a sermon about the Third Commandment, high school students finish a few exams before spring break, Ronnie Detmer returns from California after 20 years, and Lillian Tollerud — the savior of Lake Wobegon’s post office — passes away.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for February 28, 2015

“It’s been cold here, got down to 30-below wind chill here earlier in the week, starting to warm up a little bit now. They are forecasting more snow for Monday, Tuesday night.” Corrine Tollerud returns from St. Olaf College for a weekend, the Hansens attempt to prevent their dog from being hit by cars, Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church holds its Lenten services, and Cindy Hedlund meets someone online after just a few months as a widow.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for February 21, 2015

“It’s been cold, but not that cold, and people are in a sort of festive mood.” High school students dress up to celebrate Snow Week; the men’s bible study group holds its Chili Dump; the story of Edgar “Left Foot” Mueller, who owned the Alhambra Ballroom; and the Sons of Knute begin their “Guess the Ice Melt” contest.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for January 31, 2015

“It’s been a very mild winter here so far. It was temperatures in the 30s here this last week, which makes us feel very uneasy.” Thoughts on the future of Minnesota winters and the state’s notoriety for harsh weather, the proper way to free a car stuck in a snowbank, and the benefits of competency.

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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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A Prairie Home Companion Solo
Schedule

March 30, 2015

7:00 p.m. ET

Dayton, OH

Dayton, OH

A live performance at the Banjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton, OH

March 31, 2015

7:30 p.m. ET

Portsmouth, OH

Portsmouth, OH

A live performance at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, OH

April 1, 2015

7:30 p.m. ET

Fort Wayne, IN

Fort Wayne, IN

A live performance at Indiana University – Purdue University in Fort Wayne, IN

April 2, 2015

7:15 p.m. CT

Paducah, KY

Paducah, KY

A live performance at the Luther F. Carson Center in Paducah, KY

April 9, 2015

7:30 p.m. ET

Reading, PA

Reading, PA

A live performance at the Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading, PA

April 11, 2015

5:45 p.m. ET

New York, NY

A Prairie Home Companion — New York, NY

A live broadcast performance from The Town Hall

April 12, 2015

7:00 p.m. CT

Galveston, TX

Galveston, TX

A live performance at the Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston, TX

April 13, 2015

8:00 p.m. PT

Costa Mesa, CA

Costa Mesa, CA

A live performance at the Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, CA

April 15, 2015

8:00 p.m. PT

Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz, CA

A live performance at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium in Santa Cruz, CA

April 16, 2015

7:30 p.m. PT

Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, NV

A live performance at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, NV

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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