Keillor, host of A Prairie Home Companion speaks at WCU March 8

Published 5:04 pm Monday, November 23, 2009

Tickets go on sale Monday, November 30, for an appearance at Western Carolina University by Garrison Keillor, host of the popular public radio show A Prairie Home Companion.

An acclaimed author, storyteller, humorist and musician, Keillor will take center stage in WCUs Fine and Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Monday, March 8.

We are starting ticket sales much earlier than we do for most other events because we thought many of our patrons might be interested in purchasing tickets as a holiday gift for that Garrison Keillor fan in their lives, said Paul Lormand, Fine and Performing Arts Center director.

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Keillor hosted the first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion in St. Paul, Minn., on July 6, 1974. The show ended in 1987, resumed in 1989 in New York as The American Radio Company, returned to Minnesota, and in 1993 resumed the name A Prairie Home Companion. More than 3 million listeners on more than 450 public radio stations now hear the show each week.

Keillors most recent role included playing himself in the movie adaptation of his show, A Prairie Home Companion. He also is the author of 12 books, including Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, The Old Man Who Loved Cheese, Wobegon Boy, Me: By Jimmy Big Boy Valente as Told to Garrison Keillor, Love Me and Homegrown Democrat. His newest novel, Pontoon, was released in the fall of 2007.

For information or tickets, contact the FAPAC box office at 828-227-2479 or online