Garrison Keillor starts largest book club

Published August 20, 2002 12:15PM (EDT)

Humorist Garrison Keillor is helping launch what's being billed as the world's largest book club.

Keillor, host of public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion," attended the Edinburgh International Book Festival in Scotland for the inauguration of the BBC World Service's club. The service has selected "Lake Wobegon Days," Keillor's best-selling novel, as the first book for its reading group.

The Independent, a London newspaper, said the club will unite millions of readers around the world in monthly discussions.

The BBC World Service has 150 million listeners on six continents, and they are being encouraged to read the book and submit questions and comments, which will form part of a discussion to be broadcast on Sept. 25.

Keillor, 60, told The Independent that he's a fan of the BBC World Service, calling it "a pillar of civilization."

The Edinburgh International Book Festival, which opened Aug. 10, will continue through Aug. 26 in Charlotte Square Gardens.

By The Associated Press

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