The Keillor Reader — 2014

Original Publish Date: May 1, 2013

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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"

A Prairie Home Companion Solo

May 4, 2015

7:00 p.m. CT

Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX — CANCELED

A live performance at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas, TX

May 5, 2015

8:00 p.m. CT

Tulsa, OK

Tulsa, OK

A live performance at the Brady Theater in Tulsa, OK

May 6, 2015

7:30 p.m. CT

Springfield, IL

Springfield, IL

A live performance at the Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield, IL

May 9, 2015

4:45 p.m.

Nashville, TN

A Prairie Home Companion — Nashville, TN

A live broadcast performance from the Ryman Auditorium

May 17, 2015

7:30 p.m. ET

New Haven, CT

New Haven, CT

A live performance at the John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT

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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April

March and Lent and we march along on our spiritual journeys As winter hangs on and the world looks older and duller And then in the mail comes the spring seed catalogue from Gurney’s And suddenly there is life and audacious color And excitement rivaling Times Square or Las Vegas — Blue Lake, Early Fortune, […]

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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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Radio

The News from Lake Wobegon for May 2, 2015

“Getting warm up there, getting up into the 60s and even thinking about getting up into the 70s so it’s been very pleasant — and no snow fell this last week.” The town celebrates the 1st of May, and a few memories of post-prom parties at the Bunsens’ cabin.

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Dear You — 2015 Common Good Books Poetry Contest

On April 19, 2015, Garrison hosted the finale of the 3rd annual Common Good Books poetry contest and announced the winners, who each wrote a poem on the theme “Dear You.” Poet (and contest judge) Patricia Hampl was also on hand to share her thoughts on the winning pieces. Close to 1,000 poets submitted their […]

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The News from Lake Wobegon for April 25, 2015

“It’s been kind of cool, sunny but windy out there, and the other day a little snow fell, just a few flakes. We ignored it. We did not comment on it.” Bridal shower season arrives, Darlene invites three suitors to the Sidewinder Bar in Millet, and Arlene Bunsen counsels her goddaughter Charlotte against taking up the trombone.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for April 18, 2015

“It’s been warm and it’s getting warmer. It’s been warm and windy.” Clarence Bunsen observes Mrs. Rasmussen hanging her laundry out to dry, Eloise Krebsbach attends her daughter’s piano recital, and some of the local farmers spend a long weekend in Las Vegas.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for April 11, 2015

“It’s gotten warmer and the ice is now off the lake. It just happened suddenly one day and people all pointed it out to each other, even though everybody knew it, they enjoyed saying it.” The Whippets hold their first practice and add their first female player, Martha Hedlund learns more than she cared to know about her mother’s personal life, Pastor Liz counsels Kate Inqvist about an unplanned pregnancy, and Senator K. Thorvaldson turns up in Costa Rica during a 21-day cruise.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for April 4, 2015

“Spring has finally arrived and the crocuses are up and the flowers are up and there’s green grass and people are hanging their sheets out on the line, just for the smell of it, just for the beauty of it.” Donny Krebsbach ventures onto the lake in search of early spring ice fishing, Christopher Inqvist gets a summer job at Ralph’s Pretty Good Grocery, and thoughts on the importance of yard work, in a monologue from April 2013.

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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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A Prairie Home Companion Solo
Schedule

May 4, 2015

7:00 p.m. CT

Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX — CANCELED

A live performance at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas, TX

May 5, 2015

8:00 p.m. CT

Tulsa, OK

Tulsa, OK

A live performance at the Brady Theater in Tulsa, OK

May 6, 2015

7:30 p.m. CT

Springfield, IL

Springfield, IL

A live performance at the Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield, IL

May 9, 2015

4:45 p.m.

Nashville, TN

A Prairie Home Companion — Nashville, TN

A live broadcast performance from the Ryman Auditorium

May 17, 2015

7:30 p.m. ET

New Haven, CT

New Haven, CT

A live performance at the John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT

May 18, 2015

7:30 p.m. ET

Princeton, NJ

Princeton, NJ

A live performance at the Matthews Theatre Auditorium in Princeton, NJ

May 22, 2015

8:00 p.m.

Vienna, VA

A Prairie Home Companion — Friday — Wolf Trap

A live performance at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap

May 23, 2015

5:45 p.m.

Vienna, VA

A Prairie Home Companion — Wolf Trap

A live broadcast performance from the Filene Center at Wolf Trap

June 27, 2015

5:45 p.m.

Lenox, MA

A Prairie Home Companion — Tanglewood

A live broadcast performance from the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood

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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