The Writer's Almanac

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

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George, Who Played with a Dangerous Toy by Hilaire Belloc | Friday, February 19, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

And suffered a Catastrophe of considerable Dimensions When George’s Grandmamma was told That George had been as good as gold, She promised in the afternoon To buy him an Immense BALLOON. And so she did; but when it came, It got into the candle flame, And being of a dangerous sort Exploded with a loud... Read more »

Communion by Lawrence Kessenich | Wednesday, February 17, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

During Lent, season of discipline, I drag myself early out of bed, ride to Mass with Mom and Mrs. Crivello, warm in the front seat between their woolen coats, soothed by familiar perfume. Headlights carve the ebony darkness. The women talk in low tones about people I don’t know, the thrum of their voices reassuring.... Read more »