A treasure trove of A Prairie Home Companion memories including scripts, poems, essays and, of course, The News from Lake Wobegon stories. The Keillor Reader surveys the best of Garrison's written work over the past 45 years. Each piece was hand selected and re-edited by Garrison Keillor and includes his recollections and memories as to why he wrote or performed each piece. Lake Wobegon Family Reunion gathers together listener favorite monologues from LIVE A Prairie Home Companion shows. It's the closest you will ever get to a "best of Garrison Keillor" collection.
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"We intended the show to last for a year, or maybe two, but just as we were about to quit, the show started to draw an audience, fifty, a hundred, two hundred people coming to see it on Saturday night, and we kept going so we could figure out what we were doing right. The formula is simple: a variety of music that appeals, radio actors who can do noir, or horror, or soap, strong writing, a Midwestern ethos, and the thrill of live radio. And a support staff to do the work. It isn't what I planned to be doing for forty years but luckily for me my plans went awry. It's a good show. People have grown up listening to it and now they are middle-aged and still like it." — Garrison Keillor
A Prairie Home Companion observes its 40th anniversary with a three-day celebration a stone's throw from the hall where its first live broadcast took place on July 6, 1974, on the campus of Macalester College. The guests for the weekend include Iris DeMent, Stuart Duncan, Howard Levy, Heather Masse, Aoife O'Donovan, Old Crow Medicine Show, Robin and Linda Williams, and the Old Regulars, Bob Douglas, Adam Granger, Prudence Johnson, Dean Magraw, Peter Ostroushko, Joe Savage, Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, Vern Sutton, Butch Thompson and Pop Wagner.
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