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ODU Students To Meet With Garrison Keillor During Visit to Campus

Photo courtesy of Garrison Keillor

Students from Old Dominion University's Department of Communication and Theatre Arts will have an opportunity to participate in a "Conversation with Garrison Keillor" Wednesday, May 26. Keillor, an author, humorist, singer and host/writer of the popular radio show "A Prairie Home Companion," will share anecdotes with the students and answer questions about how he got started in his career.

Limited seating for the ODU community and general public will be available for the program, which begins at 11 a.m. in the Batten Arts and Letters Building auditorium (BAL 1012). Public seating will begin at 10:50 a.m. Parking for the event will be available in Garage B, located on 43rd Street just east of Hampton Boulevard. Due to time constraints, there will not be a book signing.

A Minnesota native, Keillor began his radio career as a freshman at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated in 1966. He went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969, and on July 6, 1974, hosted the first broadcast of "A Prairie Home Companion" in St. Paul. The show ended in 1987, resumed in 1989 in New York as "The American Radio Company of the Air," and in 1992 returned to Minnesota, where it soon began broadcasting under its original name. Each week, 2.6 million listeners on more than 450 public radio stations hear the show.

Keillor also hosts a daily five-minute radio program, "The Writer's Almanac," and is a frequent contributor to publications such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic and the online magazine Salon. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including "Lake Wobegon Days" (1985), "Love Me" (2003), "Homegrown Democrat" (2004) and "Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon" (2007).

Keillor has received numerous awards, including a Grammy for his recording of "Lake Wobegon Days," two ACE Awards for cable television and a George Foster Peabody Award. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1994. In 1999 he received a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, call University Relations at 683-3114.

This article was posted on: May 20, 2010

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