Garrison Keillor, host of the long-running radio program “A Prairie Home Companion,” will indulge North Georgia residents with an evening of his hypnotic storytelling this month.
Originally scheduled for Sept. 24 but rescheduled because of his surgery, Keillor will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, in Hodgson Concert Hall, 230 River Road, in Athens.
Tickets purchased for the September performance are good for Jan. 26. And other seats are available. Tickets are $40 to $75 and discounted for University of Georgia students. Tickets can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at pac.uga.edu or by calling 706-542-4400 or toll free at 888-289-8497.
First broadcast in 1987, “A Prairie Home Companion” is heard by more than 17 million listeners on more than 900 public radio stations each week. Keillor played himself in the 2006 movie adaptation of the show, starring opposite three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep.
Keillor is also the best-selling author of many books including “Lake Wobegon Days” (1985); “The Book of Guys” (1993); “The Old Man Who Loved Cheese” (1996); “Wobegon Boy” (1997); “Me: By Jimmy ‘Big Boy’ Valente As Told to Garrison Keillor” (1999); “Love Me” (2003); “Homegrown Democrat” (2004); “Pontoon” (2007); “Liberty: A Lake Wobegon Novel” (2008) and “Life Among the Lutherans” (2009). In 2013 he published his first book of poetry, “O, What a Luxury: Versus Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound.”
Keillor’s numerous accolades include a Grammy Award for his recording of “Lake Wobegon Days,” two Cable ACE Awards and a Peabody Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was presented with a National Humanities Medal by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1994.