Off the Shelf with Garrison Keillor

MANCHESTER - Garrison Keillor, the author of numerous essays extolling the Midwestern values and lifestyle of his native Minnesota, as well as a ubiquitous radio personality, will be making an appearance in Manchester on May 20, at 7 p.m. The event will be part of an ongoing series of "off the shelf" conversations hosted by the Northshire Bookstore.

Keillor will be presenting The Keillor Reader - stories, essays, poems, and personal reminiscences from the sage of Lake Wobegon. The event will take place at the Manchester Elementary Middle School, on Memorial Avenue. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

When, at 13, he caught on as a sportswriter for the Anoka Herald, Garrison Keillor set out to become a professional writer, and so he has done - a storyteller, sometime comedian, essayist, newspaper columnist, screenwriter, poet.

Now a single volume brings together the full range of his work: Monologues from "A Prairie Home Companion," stories from The New Yorker and The Atlantic, excerpts from novels, newspaper columns. With an extensive introduction and headnotes, photographs, and memorabilia, The Keillor Reader also presents pieces never before published, including the essays "Cheerfulness" and "What We Have Learned So Far." Garrison Keillor is the founder and host of A Prairie Home Companion, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014. He is the author of 19 books of fiction and humor, the editor of the Good Poems collections, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Off the Shelf: Authors in Conversation, is a partnership between the Northshire Bookstore and WAMC Northeast Public Radio - a live stage event featuring Joe Donahue of The Book Show interviewing authors. Each event is taped and later aired on WAMC, reaching thousands of listeners.

Tickets are available at either Northshire location in Manchester or Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The admission is $33 and comes with a free copy of The Keillor Reader. Two tickets are available for $38, and include a free book.

For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at


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