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.
||CleanChinua Achebe Interview||From the Writers & Company archives, Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe. A look back at the inspiring writer, thinker and politician -- and the father of the African novel in English. Eleanor spoke with the author of "Things Fall Apart" in 1994.||7/23/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWilliam Trevor Interview||A master of the short story and the novel, Irish writer William Trevor. In this interview from 1994, Eleanor speaks with the celebrated author about his autobiographical collection, "Excursions in the Real World."||7/16/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAlice Munro Interview||In celebration of Alice Munro's 85th birthday, a rare conversation with Canada’s first winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. In this interview from 2004, Eleanor speaks with Munro about her Giller Prize-winning collection of short stories, "Runaway."||7/9/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJenny Diski Interview||A look back at Eleanor's conversation with English writer Jenny Diski in 2005. The author of "Skating to Antarctica" and "Stranger on a Train" died in April at the age of 68.||7/2/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMemoir Panel||This week - the art of the memoir. What to tell? Who to implicate? And how to deal with the consequences. Eleanor speaks with American memoir writers Vivian Gornick and Kathryn Harrison, and England's Ferdinand Mount.||6/25/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDon DeLillo Interview||Eleanor speaks with American novelist Don DeLillo. The award-winning author of 'White Noise,' 'Underworld' and 'Libra' has a new book called 'Zero K.' Set in a secret cryonic freezing facility, the novel explores themes of science, religion and mortality.||6/18/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJonathan Lee Interview||Eleanor Wachtel speaks with English novelist Jonathan Lee about his new book, 'High Dive.' The novel reimagines the 1984 assassination attempt of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, known as "the Brighton bombing."||6/11/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJulian Barnes Podcast||Eleanor speaks with England's Julian Barnes on stage at the Bluma Appel Salon in Toronto. The Booker prize-winning novelist, essayist and art critic talks about his latest book, 'The Noise of Time' - about beloved Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.||6/4/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanTracy K. Smith Interview||Eleanor speaks with the Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Tracy K. Smith about her memoir, 'Ordinary Light' - named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times. Tracy K. talks to Eleanor about race, faith, and the elegiac power of poetry.||5/28/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAlan Bennett Podcast (encore 1995)||From 1995, Eleanor speaks with English writer and national treasure, Alan Bennett. Bennett is known for his wit, his award-winning plays, and most recently, his screenplay adaptation of his book and play "The Lady in the Van," starring Maggie Smith.||5/21/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEdna O'Brien Podcast||From London, Eleanor Wachtel speaks with Irish writer Edna O'Brien about her new novel, 'The Little Red Chairs.' In this candid interview, the 85-year-old author explores the themes of pain, loss and love that have preoccupied her work and life.||5/14/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAnne Carson Interview||Eleanor Wachtel speaks with Canadian poet, essayist, Greek and Latin scholar, and librettist, Anne Carson - on stage at Montreal's Blue Metropolis Festival.||5/7/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAlina Bronsky & Zafer Senocak Podcast||To wrap up the special series "At the Centre of Europe: A Changing Germany", Eleanor talks with novelist Alina Bronsky, from the former Soviet Union; and Turkish-German poet and essayist, Zafer Senocak.||4/30/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanNavid Kermani||From Cologne, the novelist, essayist and Islam scholar, Navid Kermani - one of Germany's most important writers and thinkers. He talks to Eleanor about Islam, current political and cultural issues in Germany, and his passion for the music of Neil Young.||4/23/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanReinhard Kleist Podcast||From Berlin, more in the series 'At the Centre of Europe: A Changing Germany' with award-winning comic book artist Reinhard Kleist. Known for his graphic biographies, Kleist talks to Eleanor about tackling complex characters through striking artistry.||4/16/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMargarethe von Trotta Podcast||From Munich, to launch Writers & Company's special four-part series on Germany, Eleanor Wachtel speaks with filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta about the historical, political and personal stories that have inspired her work.||4/9/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean'The Face' Panel Podcast||Eleanor speaks with three writers - Chris Abani, Tash Aw and Ruth Ozeki - about how our faces affect questions of identity and belonging.||4/2/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJohn Updike Podcast||From the Writers & Company archives, Eleanor speaks with one of America's most successful, most elegant, and most accomplished writers – John Updike, a rare conversation.||3/26/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJim Harrison Interview||From the archives, Eleanor Wachtel speaks with American novelist, poet, and screenwriter, Jim Harrison. The author of 'Wolf' and 'Legends of the Fall' talks about how nature, Buddhism, and cooking have shaped his work.||3/19/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanClaire Harman on Charlotte Brontë||To mark the 200th birthday of Charlotte Brontë, Eleanor Wachtel speaks with British biographer, Claire Harman. Harman's latest book, "Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart," retells the fascinating life story behind the author of the beloved novel, 'Jane Eyre||3/12/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMargaret Forster Interview||From the archives, Eleanor Wachtel speaks with English writer Margaret Forster in 1997. Best known for her novel 'Georgy Girl,' which was adapted into the 1966 film starring Lynn Redgrave, Forster’s central preoccupation was the role of women in society||3/5/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanPaul Beatty Interview||American novelist and poet Paul Beatty speaks with Eleanor about his new book, 'The Sellout.' A "cheerfully outrageous" satire, the book has garnered rave reviews and was included on many best of the year lists, including The New York Times' Top Ten.||2/27/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMuriel Barbery Interview||Eleanor speaks with French writer Muriel Barbery, on stage at the Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library. The author of the phenomenal international bestseller, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog,” has a new novel, “The Life of Elves.”||2/20/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean'Love in the Afternoon' Panel||Eleanor speaks with six writers on stage at the International Literary Arts Festival in Victoria: Ian McEwan, A.L. Kennedy, Clare Boylan, Rosemary Sullivan, Shyam Selvadurai and Esta Spalding talk about love in life and literature.||2/13/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanIan Buruma Interview||Eleanor speaks with Dutch novelist, journalist and public intellectual, Ian Buruma. His new book 'Their Promised Land' is about his German-Jewish-English grandparents, and the letters they wrote to each other every day while separated by two world wars.||2/6/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAmy Hempel & Andre Dubus||From the first season of Writers & Company, Eleanor speaks with two American short story writers: Amy Hempel—a master of the miniature, infused with pain and comedy; and the inspiring, late, great Andre Dubus II.||1/30/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
What a great program!
I listened to your interview with Michael Ondaatje just yesterday, and it was wonderful. Last night I was wondering why you had never interviewed another great Canadian author, Margaret Atwood, then decided I must have just missed that podcast. What a great surprise, at 3:00 a.m. on a sleepless Sunday morning, to plug in my iPod and see that it's downloading "Writers & Company - 16-07-07 - Margaret Atwood interview." I may have to stay up a while longer yet! Keep up the excellent work.
A must for book lovers
I am loving these podcasts. Long enough (close to an hour) to get in depth interviews with writers who read from their books and tell about their lives. Very interesting and engaging and well produced.
Writers & Company
Eleanor Wachtel is a literary treasure. She enters the writers minds with questions that they can only dream to be asked. And their answers are the most intimate, heart felt responses one will ever hear. Eleanor has created an insightful, sensitive and elegant literary salon that we have the privilege of attending every week.
Mary Lou Leanza-Sullivan