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Humorist Garrison Keillor hospitalized after suffering stroke Special

By Richard Mccallum     Sep 10, 2009 in Entertainment
On September 9, Garrison Keillor, beloved humorist and creator of National Public Radio's "A Prairie Home Companion suffered a mild stroke.
On September 9 he was "feeling ill". That Monday morning he drove himself to United Hospital located in St. Paul, Minnesota where he resides.
He was then transferred to the famed Mayo Clinic where the 67 year old satirist had undergone surgery in 2001 to repair a heart valve. He will remain at Mayo Clinic until this Friday to undergo testing, and upon his release will resume his schedule as planned, according to publicist David O'Neal.
In a recent statement on the NPR website Keillor said, " I am in the hands of smart and compassionate people and plan to get out Friday and get back to work. I have my laptop with me and I am at work on the long awaited Lake Wobegon screenplay. And that's the news from here."
The new season of "A Prairie Home Companion" will be broadcast live on National Public Radio on September 26 from St. Paul's historic Fitzgerald Theatre. Nearly 600 public radio stations broadcast the popular program to an estimated 4 million people in the United States and Canada.
Keillor has been lauded by literary critics and is often compared favourably with authors Vonnegut, Twain and Swift as a potent and vital writing force. When you add the magical element of radio his work is often spellbinding.
Keillor is the writer and host of NPR's "The Writer's Almanac", but he is most well known for "A Prairie Home Companion" which first started production in 1974, airing live on Saturday nights from 5-7 CT.
A Prairie Home Companion features homegrown music, vibrant comedy sketches and the affable host's signature monologue "The News From Lake Wobegon." These whimsical tales of rural simplicity often remind us of humankind's struggles through everyday life.
Keillor is a very popular novelist and is the author of more than a dozen books; The Book Of Guys, Love Me, and Lake Wobegon Days are just a few of his many best selling novels.
He has also been a frequent contributor to, The Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker. In 2006 Keillor wrote the screenplay and played himself in the movie version of "A Prairie Home Companion" directed by Robert Altman and starring Meryl Streep and Lindsay Lohan, which had the distinction to be the director's last motion picture.
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