Garrison Keillor Takes Over St. Paul

Garrison Keillor loves Minnesota. He also loves poetry. And storytelling. And books. All these passions combine in Common Good Books, Keillor’s beloved bookstore that, up until earlier this month, was located at garden level (read: underground) beneath Nina’s Coffee Café in St. Paul’s Cathedral Hills neighborhood—not ideal for a place that houses a man’s pride and joy. The store’s new digs on Grand and Snelling are much more suitable: adjoined to Macalester College’s bookstore, more room to host guest authors and book lovers, and—bonus!—above ground.

Naturally, the festivities planned to celebrate the store’s opening coincide perfectly with Keillor’s greatest loves. Tomorrow, poetry lovers are invited to read aloud some of their favorite poems at a spring poetry reading; Wednesday, Tim Russell and Sue Scott will join Keillor in performing a dramatized reading of portions of his new novel, Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny, a spin-off from one of his regular characters on A Prairie Home Companion; and Thursday, the tables are turned as Keillor becomes audience member and fans tell him stories.

Come out to see the man behind the voice, share a story, and support a local bookshop. Or just to say you met Keillor—believe me, any Minnesotan will understand.

Common Good Books
38 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-225-8989

Tuesday, May 1
Spring Poetry
7 p.m.
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel,
Macalester College,
1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul

Wednesday, May 2
Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny
7 p.m.
Common Good Books


Thursday, May 3
Tell Garrison a Story
7 p.m.
Common Good Books