Please join Octavia Books, Le Petit Theatre, and WWNO for a special evening with New York Times-bestselling author and American radio personality Garrison Keillor featuring THE KEILLOR READER. For the first time, Keillor’s stories, essays, poems, and personal reminiscences have been brought together in a single volume that celebrates and demonstrates the incredible range of his far-reaching talent.
The event will take place live at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre (616 St Peter Street) on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM (doors open at 7:00 PM). To attend, you must purchase a ticket.
Tickets are required. Each ticket admits one person and will be exchanged at the event for a signed edition of THE KEILLOR READER. (You get to meet Garrison Keillor on stage in person while he signs your book following his reading/performance.)
As space is limited, we strongly recommend that you purchase your ticket now. You may purchase tickets online by clicking here. Or you may purchase them by coming to Octavia Books or calling us during store hours at 504-899-READ (7323). You must pay for your tickets at the time you reserve them. Tickets are non-refundable.
THE KEILLOR READER
Heir to Mark Twain, James Thurber and E. B. White, Keillor offers more than laconic, sometimes-rueful, reports from the fictional Midwestern town of Lake Wobegon. Besides selected Prairie Home Companion monologues—written in an adrenaline rush on the morning of each show—this collection contains poetry, fiction and assorted essays, each introduced by autobiographical musings…Lovely.
When, at thirteen, he caught on as a sportswriter for the Anoka Herald, Garrison Keillor set out to become a professional writer, and so he has done. This book captures the full scope of his work, including monologues from A Prairie Home Companion, stories from The New Yorker and The Atlantic, excerpts from novels, humorous poetry, and a handful of never-before-published pieces, including the essays “Cheerfulness” and “What We Have Learned So Far.” Furthermore, the inclusion of photos, memorabilia, an extensive introduction, and headnotes provide a rich context for this singular collection.
In a vibrant blend of nonfiction, fiction, and straight-up parody, Keillor once again draws on his lifetime of experience and extraordinary writing. THE KEILLOR READER also features familiar characters such as Guy Noir, cowboys Dusty and Lefty, and many more favorites from Lake Wobegon, the town dubbed the “Gateway to Central Minnesota.”
A Prairie Home Companion has been broadcast since 1974, and today is heard by 4 million listeners each week on more than 600 public radio stations. Now in his seventies, Keillor reflects on his experiences as a husband, father, humorist, writer, and someone who can, as he says, “speak into a microphone in a warm and familiar manner.”
Garrison Keillor is the founder and host of A Prairie Home Companion, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in July 2014. The author of nineteen books of fiction and humor, Keillor is also the editor of the Good Poems collections and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A Minnesota native, he splits his time between St. Paul and New York City.