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"

A Prairie Home Companion Solo

January 10, 2015

2:45 p.m. PT

San Francisco, CA

A Prairie Home Companion — San Francisco, CA

A live broadcast performance from the Nourse Theater

January 25, 2015

6:00 p.m. ET

Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach, SC

A live performance at the Calvin Gilmore Theater in Myrtle Beach, SC

February 2, 2015

7:30 p.m. PT

Chico, CA

Chico, CA

A live performance at the Laxson Auditorium in Chico, CA

February 3, 2015

8:00 p.m. PT

Palm Desert, CA

Palm Desert, CA

A live performance at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA

February 4, 2015

7:30 p.m. PT

Modesto, CA

Modesto, CA

A live performance at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, CA

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.”


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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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 December 13, 2014

“It has been warm out there, warm out there, and misty, and cloudy, and the snow is melting. It would be gloomy weather if you and I were sensitive people, which, thank goodness, we are not.” The local churches prepare for Christmas, Marilyn Tollerud receives a disturbing late-night call from her daughter Sharon, and a few thoughts on the benefits of winter.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for December 6, 2014

“You’ve come to that long, cold, dark time of the year. Not much can be said about that, except that if you have not spent December in the north of Norway, then you don’t know what ‘cold and dark’ is.” Pastor Inqvist considers writing a book about Lake Wobegon, Dorothy second-guesses a sentence in her Christmas letter, and Betty Ingebretsen accompanies the 4th and 5th grade carolers at the Good Shepherd Home.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for November 29, 2014

“It was good and cold on Thanksgiving Day, which was good. It just made Thanksgiving feel more necessary somehow.” Families destroy the social order by purchasing their Thanksgiving meals online, The Host prepares a subpar Grape Salad, and a few observations about unique holiday traditions.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for November 22, 2014

“We got some more snow here this last week and it’s been a little bit cold—no big deal. People are cheerful out there. Furnaces are on now.” The town prepares for ice fishing season, Solveig returns from California to make lutefisk, and the exiles begin to trickle back home for Thanksgiving.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for November 15, 2014

“It snowed on Monday, early Monday morning. We got about 12-and-a-half inches there in Lake Wobegon. There was no big fuss about it.” Margie Krebsbach’s English class discusses ‘The Great Gatsby,’ Clint Bunsen tangles with two deer who find their way into town, and Dorothy recalls the story of Harold Hansen and Oscar Peterson.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for November 8, 2014

“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.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for November 1, 2014

“It’s November, here we are, and on Sunday we fall back. We get an extra hour on early Sunday morning so there will be a large number of people coming in late to church.” Cold weather returns to Lake Wobegon, advice on leaving Minnesota, and why jokes are a bridge between people who disagree with each other.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for October 25, 2014

“It’s been cloudy. It’s been chilly out there. The sun has come out now and then. And then on Thursday this powerful wind came up — it was very dramatic.” A big wind causes havoc all over town, Mrs. Jensen’s old boyfriend Kurt visits from the city, and Darlene meets a coyote that resembles her Uncle George, in a monologue from October 2011.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for October 18, 2014

“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.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for October 11, 2014

“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.

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A Prairie Home Companion Solo
Schedule

January 10, 2015

2:45 p.m. PT

San Francisco, CA

A Prairie Home Companion — San Francisco, CA

A live broadcast performance from the Nourse Theater

January 25, 2015

6:00 p.m. ET

Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach, SC

A live performance at the Calvin Gilmore Theater in Myrtle Beach, SC

February 2, 2015

7:30 p.m. PT

Chico, CA

Chico, CA

A live performance at the Laxson Auditorium in Chico, CA

February 3, 2015

8:00 p.m. PT

Palm Desert, CA

Palm Desert, CA

A live performance at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA

February 4, 2015

7:30 p.m. PT

Modesto, CA

Modesto, CA

A live performance at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, CA

February 5, 2015

7:30 p.m. PT

Escondido, CA

Escondido, CA

A live performance at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, CA

February 15, 2015

7:00 p.m. ET

Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

A live performance at the Savannah Civic Center in Savannah, GA

February 16, 2015

8:00 p.m. ET

Naples, FL

Naples, FL

A live performance at Artis—Naples in Naples, FL

February 17, 2015

7:30 p.m. ET

Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville, FL

A live performance at the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s Jacoby Hall in Jacksonville, FL

February 18, 2015

7:30 p.m. ET

Tallahassee, FL

Tallahassee, FL

A live performance at Florida State University’s Ruby Diamond Concert Hall in Tallahassee, FL

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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