CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Sept. 5,
Garrison Keillor to appear on 'Live from Prairie Lights'
Garrison Keillor, one of public radio's most beloved personalities,
will read from his new novel "Lake Wobegon Summer 1956" as part of WSUI's
"Live from Prairie Lights" program Sept. 18.
The reading will be at 8 p.m. at the Clapp Recital Hall
at the University of Iowa and broadcast live on WSUI 910 AM, the UI's public
Keillor is best known as the host and writer of "A Prairie
Home Companion" (broadcast Saturdays at 5 p.m. on KSUI-FM). Setting the novel
in the fictional Lake Wobegon, Keillor captures post-war America and delivers
a comedy about a kid coming of age as a writer in the rural Midwest.
Born in 1942 in Anoka, Minn., Keillor began his radio
career as a student at the University of Minnesota, from which he graduated.
He later conceived "A Prairie Home Companion" first broadcast on July 6, 1974,
in a St. Paul college theater in front of an audience of 12 people.
In 1987, Keillor ended "A Prairie Home Companion" and
moved to New York, where in 1989 he started a new program, "The American Radio
Company," which played to sold-out houses for four seasons. The show returned
to the name "A Prairie Home Companion" in 1993 and is once again based in
Minnesota; it is now heard on over 400 radio stations.
Keillor, has written several best-selling books including
"Wobegon Boy," "Lake Wobegon Days," "Leaving Home," and a children's book,
"Cat, You Better Come Home." He has also written for The New York Times, Atlantic
Monthly, Time magazine, and an advice column for Salon.com.
Keillor has received a Grammy Award, two ACE Awards and
a George Foster Peabody Award. In 1994, he was inducted into the Radio Hall
of Fame at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, which called him "contemporary
radio's most inventive humorist."
In addition to the reading, "Live from Prairie Lights"
host Julie Englander will conduct a question-and-answer session with Keillor,
whose last appearance in Iowa City was in 1990 during "A Prairie Home Companion's"
sold-out farewell tour.
On July 25, Keillor underwent open-heart surgery at the
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He is recovering from the procedure but is
still scheduled to make his Iowa City appearance.
Tickets for the reading are $20 general admission and
$10 for students. Call the Hancher Box Office for more ticket information
at (319) 335-1160.