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November 3, 2010

WALTER MONDALE IN CONVERSATION WITH GARRISON KEILLOR AT THE FITZGERALD THEATER

A new memoir from the former vice president chronicles
a life spent fighting “The Good Fight”

(ST. PAUL, MINN.) — On Monday, November 22, 2010, Garrison Keillor welcomes Walter F. Mondale, former vice president and Minnesota state senator, to the stage of the historic Fitzgerald Theater for an evening of conversation and in-depth discussion on the occasion of Mr. Mondale's new memoir, The Good Fight: A Life In Liberal Politics (written with David Hage). Tickets are on sale now.

In The Good Fight, Mondale traces his evolution from a young Minnesota attorney general, whose mentor was Senator Hubert H. Humphrey, into a U.S. senator himself. He was instrumental in pushing President Johnson's Great Society legislation through Congress and battled for housing equality, against poverty and discrimination, and for more oversight of the FBI and CIA. Mondale's years as a senator spanned the national turmoil of the Nixon administration; its ultimate self-destruction in the Watergate scandal would change the course of his own political fortunes.

Chosen as running mate for Jimmy Carter's successful 1976 campaign, Mondale served as vice president for four years. With an office in the White House, he invented the modern vice presidency; his inside look at the Carter administration will fascinate students of American history as he recalls how he and Carter confronted the energy crisis, the Iran hostage crisis, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and other crucial events, many of which reverberate to the present day. His intriguing memoir ends with his frank assessment of the Bush-Cheney administration and the first two years of the presidency of Barack Obama.

Eloquent and engaging, The Good Fight illuminates Mondale's philosophies on opportunity, governmental accountability, decency in politics, and constitutional democracy, while chronicling the evolution of a man and the country in which he is lucky enough to live.

Garrison Keillor is the recipient of Grammy, ACE and George Foster Peabody awards, and he has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His books include Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Lake Wobegon Summer 1956, 77 Love Sonnets, Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance, and A Christmas Blizzard.

  • WHAT: Former Vice President Walter Mondale Walter Mondale in Conversation with Garrison Keillor
  • WHEN: Monday, November 22, at 8:00 p.m.
  • WHERE: The Fitzgerald Theater, 10 East Exchange Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
  • TICKETS: $20.00. Minnesota Public Radio members receive a $2 discount. With purchase of each $20 ticket, you will receive $10.00 off the price of a copy of The Good Fight: A Life In Liberal Politics from Common Good Books. Just bring your ticket stub to the gift shop counter at the Fitz on the night of the performance to receive your discount. For those not purchasing a book, there are $10 tickets available as well.

  • OUTLETS:
    • Ticketmaster — Tickets are available for the general public through Ticketmaster. Order online through Ticketmaster.com, call (800) 982-2787, or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.
    • Fitzgerald Theater — The general public can purchase tickets at the Fitzgerald Theater by phone at 651-290-1200 or in person. Box office hours: Tuesday–Friday, noon–5 p.m. http://fitzgeraldtheater.publicradio.org/
    • Common Good Books — Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Common Good Books, 165 Western Ave. N., St. Paul. Phone: 651-225-8989. Store hours: Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. info@commongoodbooks.com



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