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.
||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|
||CleanLooking back at Tom Wolfe, groundbreaking author and journalist||Regarded as a pioneer of New Journalism, the American author, journalist and essayist died on May 14 at the age of 88. He spoke with Eleanor Wachtel in 2005 about his novel, I Am Charlotte Simmons.||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom the Norse sagas to Björk — Hallgrímur Helgason on Iceland's explosion of culture||Eleanor Wachtel talks to the prize-winning painter and novelist about Iceland's transformation from a forgotten nation to a booming cultural hub. Helgason's latest book, Woman at 1,000 Degrees, is an international bestseller.||5/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Hans Christian Andersen to hygge — Dorthe Nors on the Danish psyche||Eleanor Wachtel travels to Copenhagen to talk to prominent Danish writer Dorthe Nors. The author's latest novel, Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, is about a woman dealing with family, loneliness and learning how to drive.||5/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKarl Ove Knausgaard: after My Struggle, a new outlook on the world||The Norwegian author of the epic memoir My Struggle talks to Eleanor Wachtel about a new series, The Seasons Quartet, which takes the form of a letter to his daughter.||4/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe haunting world of Nordic noir, with Hans Rosenfeldt||Eleanor talks to the Swedish screenwriter, novelist and creator of the hit show The Bridge, in part one of a new series, Darkness and Light: The Nordic Imagination.||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPhilippe Sands maps the intersection of unspeakable crime and modern justice in East West Street||The English writer and lawyer talks to Eleanor Wachtel about his groundbreaking book, East West Street, which explores the origins of human rights law at the Nuremberg Trials... and follows Sands on a journey to uncover the truth about his own family's||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Jane Austen inspired Amma Asante's films about race and class in Britain||The award-winning British filmmaker talks to Eleanor Wachtel about breaking down barriers in the film industry, and why she turns to period romance to explore modern concerns relating to race and politics.||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJames Ivory on his storied career and Oscar-winning screenplay||At the age of 89, the writer and director just won his first Academy Award for his screenplay for the hit movie, Call Me by Your Name. While in Toronto for TIFF's Books on Film series, James Ivory spoke to Eleanor Wachtel about some of his most famous f||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean‘He was my best teacher.’ Liv Ullmann on the legendary Ingmar Bergman||From "Persona" to "Scenes from a Marriage," Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann captivated audiences in the films of Ingmar Bergman. But since the early '90s, she's found her true calling as a director. In 2014, Ullmann spoke to Eleanor Wachtel about her late||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMary Gaitskill: from bad behaviour to surprising tenderness||Eleanor Wachtel speaks to literature's "bad girl," American writer Mary Gaitskill. In a book of essays, Gaitskill explores her unexpected bond with three inner-city children, her complicated relationship with her dying father, and the profound grief she||3/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWith 'Bunk,' Kevin Young reminds us there's nothing new about fake news||In his new book, the African American poet and essayist traces the history of the hoax — from P. T. Barnum to made-up memoirs — making the case that hoaxes are embedded in race.||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAli Smith on the circular movement of time — in nature, life and art||Eleanor talks to the award-winning Scottish writer about her recent books, "Autumn" and "Winter," which marked the launch of a new series inspired by the seasons.||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS: James McBride on the complicated history of race in the United States||The surprise winner of the 2013 American National Book Award talked to Eleanor Wachtel about his prize-winning book, "The Good Lord Bird," which centres on the controversial abolitionist John Brown; and about the life lessons he learned from his Polish||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDaniel Mendelsohn on his journey with his father through Homer's Odyssey||Eleanor talks to the American writer and classicist about his recent memoir, "An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic." The book explores Mendelsohn's relationship with his late father, and the "Odyssey Cruise" they took together, retracing the journey||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEdna O'Brien: from Ireland's outcast to celebrated icon||Her books were burned and banned, but Edna O'Brien's writing opened up a new chapter in modern Irish literature. Eleanor Wachtel talks to the 2018 winner of the PEN/Nabokov award about her controversial first novel, her mother, and breaking down "social||2/18/2018||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.
If you love books and great (really great) conversation, then listen to this. Eleanor Wachtel is a wonderful interviewer - nevers gets in the way of what the authors are talking about. The recent conversations with Pullman, Danticat, and a repeat of her Lessing interview are outstanding. The Scottish focus in Sep/Oct was topical, funny, smart and comprehensive.
One of the best radio discussions
As an American living in Switzerland, I rely on podcasts to keep me up to date. I love everything about this program. It is so refreshing to get that in-depth interview. Thank you for making this available.
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