Writers and Company from CBC Radio
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CBC Radio's Writers and Company offers an opportunity to explore in depth the lives, thoughts and works of remarkable writers from around the world. Hosted by Eleanor Wachtel.
||Clean'My mother was a Communist informant.' András Forgách explores his family's secret past||The Hungarian writer's new book was inspired by a shocking revelation: Forgách's mother worked as an informant for Hungary's Communist regime, reporting on friends, family and even her own children. He joins Eleanor Wachtel on stage in Toronto.||11/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElliot Ackerman on the scars that remain once the battle is over||After serving five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, American author Elliot Ackerman uses fiction to explore the devastating impacts of war. He talks to Eleanor Wachtel about his powerful new novel, Waiting for Eden.||11/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJeet Thayil on Baudelaire, drug addiction and his provocative novel, Narcopolis||The prize-winning Indian author spoke with Eleanor Wachtel in 2013 about Mumbai's opium dens, recovering from substance abuse and the beauty of poetry.||11/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLee Child on Jack Reacher and his larger-than-life crime thriller series||The bestselling author spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about "Past Tense," the latest book in his phenomenally successful Jack Reacher series.||10/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaurie Anderson on language, story and losing her archives to Hurricane Sandy||The iconic musician and artist talks to Eleanor Wachtel about her early life; the New York arts scene of the 1970s and '80s; meeting her husband, Lou Reed; and why losing everything in the floods of Hurricane Sandy came as a blessing in disguise.||10/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoet Terrance Hayes examines race and politics in the age of Trump||In his powerful new collection, 'American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin,' Hayes responds to the election of Donald Trump and the tense social climate that has emerged in the U.S. The book is a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry.||10/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmitava Kumar on India, the U.S. and the indelible imprint of the immigrant experience||The journalist and novelist talked to Eleanor Wachtel about his new book 'Immigrant, Montana' which blends fiction and autobiography in a story about a young Indian man navigating college life in the United States.||10/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKathryn Harrison on how her grandparents saved her from a broken childhood||From her painful relationship with her mother, to her sexual affair with her father, Kathryn Harrison's memoirs explore her troubled past with remarkable honesty and insight. Now her new book, On Sunset, tells the story of the unusual, well-travelled gr||9/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichael Winterbottom on the epic journey of his career in film||From the Toronto International Film Festival, Eleanor Wachtel speaks with the English director about the literary influences in his work, his attraction to road movies, and the making of his latest film, The Wedding Guest.||9/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLawrence Osborne on re-imagining Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler's iconic sleuth||The English novelist and journalist talks to Eleanor Wachtel from his home in Bangkok about drawing inspiration from his nomadic lifestyle, and reinventing a literary icon in his new book, 'Only to Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Novel.'||9/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeju Cole, Madeleine Thien and Dionne Brand on the places and spaces that inspire their writing||The celebrated writers joined Eleanor Wachtel on stage in Toronto for a discussion about the significance of location in literature.||9/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanZadie Smith on the ups and downs of female friendship in Swing Time||The award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty discusses friendship and rivalry in her most recent novel, and her lifelong attraction to musical films.||9/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRuth Ozeki, Chris Abani and Tash Aw on faces and identity||Three writers were invited to contribute essays to a series called The Face - a look at how our faces do, and don't, reveal who we are. In 2016, they talked to Eleanor Wachtel about the deeply personal experience of writing those pieces.||8/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRoddy Doyle on telling the stories of Dublin's working class - with wit and sensibility||After winning the Man Booker Prize in 1993 for his novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, the Irish writer talked to Eleanor Wachtel about tackling the topic of domestic violence in The Woman Who Walked Into Doors.||8/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarlon James on writing himself into a new life||Marlon James won the Man Booker Prize in 2015, becoming the first Jamaican ever to receive the award. Here he talks to Eleanor Wachtel about his prize-winning novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, and how writing has allowed him to create a new real||8/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'I don't believe in God, but I miss him.' Julian Barnes on why he puts his faith in stories||The celebrated English writer talked to Eleanor Wachtel in 2011, shortly after winning the Man Booker Prize for The Sense of an Ending.||8/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPat Barker on how her grandfather's war wound inspired her WWI trilogy||The English novelist talked to Eleanor Wachtel in 1997 about her powerful 'Regeneration' trilogy, which explored the impact of trench warfare on soldiers in World War I. The trilogy's final novel, 'The Ghost Road,' won the 1995 Man Booker Prize.||7/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJ. M. Coetzee on language, writing and the pleasure of reading||A rare conversation with the South African writer and Nobel Prize laureate. Coetzee talked to Eleanor Wachtel in 2000, soon after winning the Man Booker Prize for a second time, for his novel Disgrace.||7/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAravind Adiga paints a relentlessly bleak, yet surprisingly comic picture of modern India||The Indian novelist stunned the literary world in 2008 when he won the Man Booker Prize for his very first novel, The White Tiger - a fiercely irreverent take on class and social injustice in modern India.||7/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPeter Carey reimagines the life and death of Australian outlaw Ned Kelly||Australian novelist Peter Carey spoke with Eleanor Wachtel in 2001 about his second Man Booker Prize-winning novel, True History of the Kelly Gang.||7/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHilary Mantel vies for Golden Man Booker Award with Tudor novel, Wolf Hall||The two-time Booker winner talked to Eleanor in 2012 about her novels exploring the reign of Henry VIII. Wolf Hall is shortlisted for the special 50th anniversary Golden Man Booker Award, to be announced July 8, 2018.||7/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn Warlight, Michael Ondaatje explores family secrets and betrayal||The Canadian literary icon joined Eleanor Wachtel onstage at the Rialto Theatre in Montreal. His new novel, Warlight, is being hailed as a masterpiece.||6/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDanzy Senna's darkly comic take on racial identity||The American novelist draws on her experience growing up in an interracial family in her edgy, prize-winning fiction. In her latest novel, New People, she writes with insight and subversive humour about what it means to be half-black and half-white.||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJonas Hassen Khemiri crosses borders through words and imagination||The Swedish novelist and playwright has received international acclaim for his innovative, politically charged work. Khemiri spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about his latest novel, "Everything I Don't Remember," onstage at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festiv||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe incomparable Philip Roth: looking back on his life in fiction||The acclaimed American author of novels such as Portnoy's Complaint and The Plot Against America died on May 22, 2018. He spoke with Eleanor Wachtel in 2009 at his apartment in New York City.||6/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRachel Kushner examines California's prison system in her new novel, The Mars Room||One of the most dynamic American novelists writing today, Rachel Kushner has a new novel, The Mars Room, which centres on a former stripper and single mother serving two life sentences in a California prison.||5/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
nobody does an interview like eleanor does an interview
I've been listening to Eleanor Wachtel interview writers for over 20 years since - i was a wee university student. Because of her, I have more books than i will have time in my life to read. And i'm mostly okay with that. She is incredibly engaged, thorough, and warm. She connects immediately with her subjects and draws them out into the most fascinating conversations that are not "just about writing". And i love catching that "a-ha" moment when the interviewee clues in that Wachtel really knows her stuff and that is not going to be a junket book tour interview, but an intelligent, interesting and friendly exchange about lots of stuff. (Just listen to the end when the writer's actually seem down that the interview is over.) She is the James Lipton of books (w/o the pretense and whiney self-adoration). Thank god they made this into a podcast. I can finally got out on Sunday afternoons... Now, will they PLEASE upload the past shows? ALL of them! Eleanor is da bomb!
This is my favorite podcast. I listen to it during my walks: the time flies by and I find myself grinning most of the time. The interviews are both amusing and insightful - fascinating people and subjects.
The Best Arts Interviewer in the business
You simply can't beat EW - always superbly prepared, asking great questions, and never being self referential or flashy. She does not disappoint either listener or the person being interviewed. Can't get enough.
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