That Time of Year: A Minnesota Life

December 2, 2020
That Time of Year: A Minnesota Life

With the warmth and humor we've come to know, thecreator and host of A Prairie Home Companion shares hisown remarkable story.In That Time of Year, Garrison Keillor looks back onhis life and recounts how a Brethren boy with writerly ambitionsgrew up in a small town on the Mississippi in the 1950s and, seeingthree good friends die young, turned to comedy and radio. Through aseries of unreasonable lucky breaks, he founded A Prairie HomeCompanion and put himself in line for a good life, includingmistakes, regrets, and a few medical adventures. PHC lasted fortyyears, 750 shows, and enjoyed the freedom to do as it pleased forthree or four million listeners every Saturday at 5 p.m. Central.He got to sing with Emmylou Harris and Renee Fleming and once sangtwo songs to the U.S. Supreme Court. He played a private eye and acowboy, gave the news from his hometown, Lake Wobegon, and metSomali cabdrivers who'd learned English from listening to the show.He wrote bestselling novels, won a Grammy and a National HumanitiesMedal, and made a movie with Robert Altman with an alarming amountof improvisation.He says, "I was unemployable and managed to invent work formyself that I loved all my life, and on top of that I married well.That's the secret, work and love. And I chose the right ancestors,impoverished Scots and Yorkshire farmers, good workers. I'm headingfor eighty, and I still get up to write before dawn every day."