The Writer's Almanac

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

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The Guardians by Jill Bialosky | Friday, November 25, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

All day we packed boxes. We read birth and death certificates. The yellowed telegrams that announced our births, the cards of congratulations and condolences, the deeds and debts, love letters, valentines with a heart ripped out, the obituaries. We opened the divorce decree, a terrible document of division and subtraction. We leafed through scrapbooks: corsages,... Read more »

Oft in the Stilly Night by Thomas Moore | Tuesday, November 22, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Oft in the stilly night      Ere Slumber’s chain has bound me, Fond Memory brings the light      Of other days around me;           The smiles, the tears,           Of boyhood’s years,      The words of love then spoken;           The eyes that shone,           Now dimmed and gone,      The cheerful hearts now broken! Thus, in the stilly night,      Ere Slumber’s chain... Read more »

Eight. Doing the Dishes by Jeanne Lohmann | Monday, November 21, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

We lived in so many houses, Gloria: Indiana Avenue, Summit and Fourth, the double on Hudson Street. And that upstairs apartment on North High we rented from Armbruster’s. Mother thought it Elizabethan, romantic, with its leaded glass windows and wood-beamed ceilings. Our entrance was at the side, at the top of stairs that creaked late... Read more »