The John Steinbeck Award

Garrison Keillor

Actor, author, singer, screenwriter —Garrison Keillor is all of these. But mostly he will be known for being the discoverer of the Lake Wobegon effect and the creator and host of a decades-long mainstay of radio called A Prairie Home Companion. On September 23 at the Marin Civic Auditorium in San Rafael, before a capacity crowd of 2,000, Keillor received the John Steinbeck Award from the author’s son, Thomas Steinbeck, who said, "Garrison Keillor is one of America's great treasures because he is first and foremost a man of the people, by the people, and for the people." Of the Steinbeck Award, Keillor wrote, "The Pulitzer is named for a publisher; the Nobel for the inventor of dynamite. It's a greater honor to receive an award named for a writer, especially Mr. Steinbeck, the hero of my youth."