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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Segment 1
00:00:57GK Open
00:04:02Calvin Trillin reads from "Family Man"
00:11:39GK Intro Melville
00:12:13Melville script
00:22:02GK Intro Battlefield Band/Ian Rankin
00:22:33"Big Leon" - Battlefield Band
Segment 2
00:25:59Ian Rankin reads excerpt
00:28:40GK Intro Minnesota Opera
00:29:04"Plenty Road" from "The Grapes of Wrath," Minnesota Opera
00:31:12Powdermilk Biscuit Break
00:32:31GK Intro Snow Queen
00:32:49Snow Queen script
00:59:01Intermission, "Everybody Loves My Baby"
Segment 3
01:03:49GK Welcome Back, Intro Kerouac script
01:04:14Kerouac script
01:09:43GK Intro Bill Holm
01:10:17Bill Holm reads excerpt
01:14:37"National Song" - Frostbraeour Male Choir
01:16:10GK Intro Frank McCourt, monologue
01:17:25Frank McCourt reads from "Angela's Ashes"
01:21:13"My Love, My God" - The Boys of the Lough
Segment 4
01:23:29The News From Lake Wobegon
Segment 5
01:47:47"I Wash My Face in the Morning Dew" - Iris Dement
01:50:54Catchup (Harry Potter Envy) script
01:54:22GK Credits
01:55:45"John Henry (Writer)" - GK and Shoes (w/Brad Paisley)

Photos from the show

Brian Leerhuber is Tom Joad in the Minnesota Opera's performance of The Grapes of Wrath. Garrison chats with Grant Gershon, the pit director, and various cast members of The Grapes of Wrath.
GK and Ian Rankin Setting up stage
GK with Ian Rankin Setting up the Queen's Hall stage
Bagpiper on the Royal Mile Audience members
Bagpiper on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh Audience members give show "thumbs up"

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  • Frank McCourt
  • Calvin Trillin
  • Minnesota Opera
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  • Snow Queen
  • Kerouac
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