Arts & Humanities Society & Culture

Garrison Keillor returns to UGA for an evening of storytelling

Garrison Keillor

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Performing Arts Center will present Garrison Keillor in an evening of storytelling Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. Keillor was originally scheduled to perform Sept. 24 but had to reschedule because of surgery. Tickets purchased for the September performance are good for Jan. 26.

Keillor is the host of the long-running radio program “A Prairie Home Companion.” First broadcast in 1987, “A Prairie Home Companion” has 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 accolades include a Grammy Award for his recording of “Lake Wobegon Days,” two CableACE 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.

Good seats remain for the Jan. 26 performance. Tickets are $40-$75 and are discounted for UGA students. Tickets can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 706-542-4400 or toll free at 888-289-8497.

Keillor’s Performing Arts Center appearance is presented in cooperation with the Classic Center. The performance underwriter is Jere W. Morehead.