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Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac


Free Resource (#619) - August 6th, 2008
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Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac Podcast

The Writer's Almanac Podcast hosted by Garrison Keillor is a wonderful way to start your day. Though well known already for being the figurehead of NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion", Keillor has been offering this daily dose of poetry and history for many years as well. Each episode typically begins with a note on a person or event that has shaped a given day in history, followed by a poem rendered in Keillor's peerless style. Enjoy!

Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac Podcast

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Garrison Keillor Author Page

Garrison Keillor is an American Author familiar to many as the host of the weekly Public Radio Show "A Pairie Home Companion". With his instantly identifiable voice, Keillor tells homespun tales set in the fictional Minnesota town of Lake Wobegon. For years this location has served as a fertile springboard for Keillor’s praise of the ordinary men and women that form the classical concept of the American Ideal. Keillor has spent most of his professional and personal life headquartered in St. Paul Minnesota. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, he began his career in student radio (notably, one of his first on-air appearances was to report news of the Kennedy Assasination), this led to what would later become APHC in the 70's, and has spread to work as a columnist and humorist.

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David Sedaris is a popular humor writer who first gained attention on the Chicago public radio show "The Wild Room", hosted by Ira Glass. Glass discovered Sedaris reading his diaries in a Chicago club and invited him to appear on the show. His popularity there led to his debut in 1992 on the NPR show "Morning Edition," where he read his essay "SantaLand Diaries." It recounts his misadventures while working as one of Santa's elves in a Macy's department store.

Following the success of these radio appearances, Sedaris published his first book, Barrel Fever and Other Stories in 1994. He followed this with Naked in 1997 and Me Talk Pretty One Day in 2000. The later book garnered Sedaris rave reviews and the 2001 Thurber Prize for American Humor.

Sedaris continues to write essays, sketches, plays and sometimes collaborates with his sister, actress Amy Sedaris. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary was a collection of animal fables released in 2010.

Barrel Fever and Other Stories is Sedaris' first collection and contains fictional stories and non-fiction essays. This audio download looks at infanticide, chain smoking, alcoholism and other cheery subjects.

Sedaris won critical acclaim with Me Talk Pretty One Day, essays about his family and his move to France. This audiobook is both touching and hilarious. Sedaris discusses the odd relationship he has with his father, his mother's death, and the proper etiquette to follow when the toilet overflows as a guest in another person's home.

The Holidays on Ice audiobook shows the reader how Sedaris spends his holidays. He recounts Easter in France, an essay contrasting American and Dutch holiday traditions, and a reprint of the essay that made him famous, "SantaLand Diaries".

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