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For the character born in Lake Wobegon, see Garrison Keillor.


Gary Edward "Garrison" Keillor (born August 7, 1942) is an American author, storyteller, humorist, actor, radio personality and proprietor. He created the radio program A Prairie Home Companion (APHC) that features many musical guests, especially folk and traditional musicians, tongue-in-cheek radio drama, and relaxed humor.

The "News From Lake Wobegon" segment of APHC is a report of the people that live in or visit Lake Wobegon, including former residents that have returned. Keillor himself is sometimes included in the reports. (See Garrison Keillor for more details.)

As an author, Keillor has written nine novels and story collections involving Lake Wobegon, thirteen books of other works, three poetry collections and three poetry anthologies. He also wrote the screenplay and starred in the movie A Prairie Home Companion, based the radio program. The movie takes place in the theater where it is recorded and broadcast on WLT, the same radio station named in the novel WLT: A Radio Romance.

In November 2006, Keillor opened Common Good Books, an independent bookstore in St. Paul, Minnesota. The store moved to a new location in 2012.

Keillor also hosts The Writer's Almanac, a daily podcast and newsletter of poetry and historical interest pieces, usually of literary significance. It began as a radio program in 1993. Current podcasts are available on Keillor's website and archives of past broadcasts are split between two other sites.

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Keillor has adapted ideas and characters found in the "News From Lake Wobegon" reports into full novels. In addition, he recorded the audiobook edition of many of his novels, sometimes with the assistance of other people, such as Tim Russell and Sue Scott for Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny. Both actors performed with Keillor on APHC and appeared in the film.

Some of the audiobooks differ from the published versions. For example, for A Christmas Blizzard, some sections were re-written and other sections were added.

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