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Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor, author and host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” will be at Agnes Scott College Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in Gaines Chapel, Presser Hall to discuss his new book of poems Oh, What a Luxury and sign books.

The event, sponsored by The Georgia Center for the Book, is free and open to the public. Tickets will be distributed at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota, and began his radio career as a freshman at the University of Minnesota, from which he graduated in 1966. He went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969, and on July 6, 1974, he hosted the first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion in St. Paul.

Today, some four million listeners on more than 600 public radio stations coast to coast and beyond tune in to the show each week. Keillor has been honored with Grammy, ACE and George Foster Peabody awards, the National Humanities Medal, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His many books include Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance, and Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny (Viking). He is the host of the daily program The Writer's Almanac and the editor of several anthologies of poetry.