The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

Ice Cream Stop by Shel Silverstein | Sunday, September 25, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The circus train made an ice cream stop At the fifty-two-flavor ice cream stand. The animals all got off the train And walked right up to the ice cream man. “I’ll take Vanilla,” yelled the gorilla. “I’ll take Chocolate,” shouted the ocelot.    “I’ll take the Strawberry,” chirped the canary.       “Rocky Road,” croaked the toad.          “Lemon... Read more »

The Accordion by Connie Wanek | Saturday, September 24, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

                                         for Hannah It was the one tangible you brought home from the city, an armful of instrument, bellows and keys and buttons and a smell of antique lubrication, and a sound that poured undiminished through solid walls. You sat in your chair with its straps around your shoulders teaching yourself to play, determined to do... Read more »

My Mother Was a Brilliant Cook by Maria Mazziotti Gillan | Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The first time my mother went out to eat was on her 25th wedding anniversary at Scordato’s in Paterson, and the second time was for her 50th anniversary at the Iron Kettle House in Wyckoff. My mother said, “I could have cooked this meal better myself.” But I knew she was happy, though she would... Read more »

Raking Leaves by Brian Fanelli | Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

There is something soothing about the scrape of a rake, the rhythmic process of pulling dead leaves, bending to pick them up, dumping them in curbside lawn bags, something soothing about the way the sun warms your hair one of these last seventy-degree days as you labor past soreness in your arms, until you forget... Read more »