August 11, 2007|
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we present a special compilation show featuring books and the people who write them. The dog days of summer are here and we'll cool down with a little reading — contemporary or classic, domestic or foreign, we have 'em all: Frank McCourt, Bill Holm and Calvin Trillin read from their respective books. Plus, we'll pay homage to Kerouac and present a home-grown version of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale, The Snow Queen. The Minnesota Opera brings arias to the Dust Bowl in "The Grapes of Wrath." Tune in this Saturday for The Prairie Home Book Festival.
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Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).