Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor

Easton Press Garrison Keillor books

Wobegon Boy - signed limited edition - 2000
Lake Wobegon days - signed modern classic -2000
Lake Wobegon Summer - signed first edition ( numbered 1250 copies ) - 2001

Franklin Library Garrison Keillor books

We are still Married: stories and letters - signed first edition - 1989

Garrison Keillor biography

Garrison Keillor, born Gary Edward Keillor on August 7, 1942, in Anoka, Minnesota, is an American author, humorist, and radio personality best known for creating and hosting the long-running radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion. Keillor's distinctive blend of storytelling, humor, and musical performances made him a beloved figure in American popular culture. Keillor's early years were spent in Minnesota, where he developed a deep appreciation for the people, landscapes, and culture of the Midwest. He attended the University of Minnesota, where he began his career in broadcasting as a student announcer at the university's radio station.

In 1974, Keillor debuted A Prairie Home Companion on Minnesota Public Radio, introducing audiences to the fictional small-town world of Lake Wobegon, where "all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average." The show featured a mix of comedy sketches, musical performances, and Keillor's signature monologues, known as "The News from Lake Wobegon," which offered humorous reflections on small-town life and Midwestern culture. A Prairie Home Companion became a cultural phenomenon, attracting millions of listeners across the United States and beyond. The show's success led to live tours, bestselling books, and a feature film adaptation in 2006, further solidifying Keillor's status as a national treasure.

In addition to his work on A Prairie Home Companion, Keillor has authored numerous books, including novels, essays, and collections of humorous anecdotes. His writing often explores themes of community, nostalgia, and the human condition, drawing inspiration from his own experiences growing up in the Midwest.

Throughout his career, Keillor has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to literature and broadcasting, including multiple Grammy Awards and a National Humanities Medal. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, recognizing his significant impact on American culture. Despite retiring from A Prairie Home Companion in 2016, Keillor continues to write and perform, sharing his unique perspective on life, love, and the quirks of human nature with audiences around the world. His enduring legacy as a storyteller and humorist continues to delight and inspire listeners of all ages, reminding us of the power of laughter, imagination, and the shared bonds of community.

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