The Writer's Almanac

Each day, Garrison Keillor reads a poem and relates stories of significant events touching literary history.

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Wednesdays by Sue Ellen Thompson | Wednesday, October 07, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Along with his two surviving sisters, the five of us divided up the week, so that one of us would call my father every night at dinnertime. My night was Wednesday, and after we discussed the weather, and he expressed amazement that New Hampshire could have record-breaking rains while Maryland clung stubbornly to drought, he’d... Read more »

And Now it’s October by Barbara Crooker | Sunday, October 04, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

the golden hour of the clock of the year. Everything that can run to fruit has already done so: round apples, oval plums, bottom-heavy pears, black walnuts and hickory nuts annealed in their shells, the woodchuck with his overcoat of fat. Flowers that were once bright as a box of crayons are now seed heads... Read more »

Back Home by Louis Jenkins | Saturday, October 03, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The place I lived as a child, the sharecropper’s farmhouse with its wind-bent mulberry trees and rusted farm machinery has completely vanished. Now there’s nothing but plowed fields for miles in any direction. When I asked around in town no one remembered the family. No way to verify my story. In fact, there’s no evidence... Read more »