The Writer's Almanac

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

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Tomatoes on Interstate 5 by Albert Garcia | Sunday, August 07, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Trucks roll down I-5, trailers full of tomatoes. Almost always they’ll spill a few as they round a corner, hard, small fruit bouncing over asphalt, a bright scattering of red on the road’s shoulder of star thistle and tarweed. Maybe you left the house angry over an argument with your wife, words in the air... Read more »

At the Sunny Ridge Retirement Center by Peg Bresnahan | Saturday, August 06, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

During Harriet’s memorial service, Frances leaned, put her head on my shoulder and died—quietly as if she didn’t want to interrupt Harriet’s program. The minister didn’t see us, no one knew except me. At the piano, Mary played the introduction to Going Home. Everyone thumbed their hymnals for page two hundred forty-three. I didn’t know... Read more »