'Prairie Home Companion' Host Garrison Keillor Getting Into Bookstore Business

Garrison Keillor is going from bestselling author to bookstore owner.

Keillor plans to open a bookstore in the Blair Arcade building, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Thursday.

The Pioneer Press cited an unidentified source from Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show as saying a November opening is in the works.

Keillor confirmed his plans to The Associated Press. In an e-mail, he said he's doing it "because I am fond of independent bookstores, like to walk into them and sit and read in them, and it's time I make some contribution to my neighborhood."

There's also a connection between the building where Keillor plans to open his bookstore and one of his favorite authors, St. Paul native F. Scott Fitzgerald.

According to the Pioneer Press, the Blair Arcade building was once known as the Angus Hotel, and it was home to Fitzgerald's mother, Mollie, who lived there off and on after the death of his father, Edward, in 1931.