Keillor will speak at USD Oct. 6

Keillor will speak at USD Oct. 6 Garrison Keillor, the longtime host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion, will speak at The University of South Dakota on Thursday, Oct. 6.

The program, "Why I Am Trying to be More Truthful," is presented by the Freedom Forum and The University of South Dakota as part of the Al Neuharth Legacy Series, which features speakers who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement and leadership in the media. The series is named for USA TODAY and Freedom Forum founder Al Neuharth, a South Dakota native and a 1950 graduate of USD.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the DakotaDome on campus at the university. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.; general seating. From 6 to 7 p.m., individuals arriving early will be treated to musical entertainment.

Keillor's remarks will be carried live from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on S.D. Public Television. SDPB plans to repeat the program at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. After Keillor's remarks, the popular author will take questions from the audience (time permitting).

"Keillor, who speaks from both the heartland and the heart, mixes music, gentle humor, nostalgia and wisdom into a program that for 30 years has endeared him and his players to a diverse audience across the USA and around the world," Neuharth said.

Keillor is the host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac, both heard on public radio stations across the nation. A Prairie Home Companion, now in its 30th year of production, airs live on Saturdays and features comedy sketches, music and Keillor's signature monologue, "The News from Lake Wobegon." A film version of A Prairie Home Companion — featuring Kevin Kline, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Lindsay Lohan, Tommy Lee Jones and Keillor himself as a radio announcer — is scheduled to be released in early 2006.�����������

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