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.
||CleanNobel laureate Derek Walcott on voice, place, and finding home||Eleanor Wachtel's 2006 conversation with the Nobel Prize-winning poet Derek Walcott, who died in March at the age of 87. Walcott was known for poetry that bridged cultures and traditions, making links between his Caribbean and European heritage.||4/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Lepage revisits his childhood during Quebec's cultural revolution||Eleanor speaks with Canadian theatre visionary, Robert Lepage. World-renowned for his highly innovative, multimedia productions, his latest work, "887", explores childhood memories in a divided Quebec.||4/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrench-Syrian cartoonist Riad Sattouf captures his childhood in full colour||Eleanor speaks with the award-winning comic artist about growing up in Syria, Libya and France, and his bestselling graphic memoir, "The Arab of the Future."||4/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElif Batuman on her love affair with Russian literature||Eleanor talks to Turkish-American writer Elif Batuman about her infatuation with Russian literature, and her debut novel, "The Idiot", a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story about language and romance in the year 1995.||3/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJoan Didion on the evolving nature of grief||In this conversation from 2005, legendary American novelist and journalist Joan Didion talks to Eleanor about the deaths of both her husband and daughter, and about writing her heartbreaking memoir, "The Year of Magical Thinking."||3/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHari Kunzru on racism, politics, and the blues||Eleanor speaks with British-Indian novelist and journalist, Hari Kunzru. His latest book, "White Tears", addresses the dark history of exploitation and greed in American blues music.||3/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFilmmaker Olivier Assayas on ghosts, real and imagined||Eleanor Wachtel speaks with the French filmmaker about his roots, his obsessions, and his new film "Personal Shopper", starring Kristen Stewart.||3/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYiyun Li on the Tiananmen Square massacre and her novel Kinder Than Solitude||Eleanor talks with Chinese-American author Yiyun Li about her 2014 novel Kinder Than Solitude, set in the shadow of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and inspired by real life events.||2/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSebastian Barry on his latest book Days Without End and how his family's history inspires his fiction||Eleanor speaks with Irish novelist Sebastian Barry about his family's influence on his fiction and his latest, award-winning book, Days Without End. It follows the story of a young Irish-American immigrant who becomes a soldier in 19th century America.||2/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid J. Skal on the enduring appeal of Dracula||Eleanor speaks with author, filmmaker and cultural historian David J. Skal about the undying legacy of Dracula, and the untold story of the man who created him - Bram Stoker.||2/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLara Vapnyar on life and death in the age of social media||What if the dead could still talk to the living? Eleanor Wachtel speaks with Russian-American author Lara Vapnyar, whose latest novel "Still Here" explores life, death and social media among four immigrants to New York.||2/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdam Hochschild on learning from dark moments in history||Eleanor speaks with American historian and journalist, Adam Hochschild. The author of the groundbreaking bestseller "King Leopold's Ghost" has a powerful new book, "Spain in Our Hearts" - about American volunteers in the Spanish Civil War.||1/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJo Baker on imagining the story beneath the story||Eleanor speaks with English author Jo Baker. Her bestselling novel "Longbourn" is a retelling of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" — from the servants' perspective. Her latest novel goes behind the scenes with Samuel Beckett.||1/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDutch writer Tommy Wieringa on what it means to be "home"||Dutch novelist Tommy Wieringa is one of the bestselling literary authors in Dutch history. His powerful novel "These Are the Names" explores enduring questions of faith, identity and belonging.||1/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPlaywright David Hare on why some opinions are better than others||Eleanor speaks with English playwright, screenwriter and director Sir David Hare about writing the screenplay for "Denial" - a new film starring Rachel Weisz - and turning the spotlight on his own life in a revealing memoir.||1/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMohsin Hamid on "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia"||From 2014, Eleanor speaks with Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid, author of the hit novel, "The Reluctant Fundamentalist". His recent book - "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia" - explores ambition, corruption and the disruptive effects of urbanization.||12/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMalcolm Gladwell on underdogs, outliers, and the power of limitations||Eleanor's conversation with Malcolm Gladwell, on stage at McGill University in 2013. In his latest book, "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants", Gladwell challenges the way we think about obstacles and disadvantages.||12/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJamaican novelist Marlon James on writing into a new life||From 2015, Eleanor's conversation with Marlon James, the first Jamaican ever to win the Man Booker Prize. His novel, "A Brief History of Seven Killings", revolves around an assassination attempt on reggae superstar, Bob Marley.||12/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGeoff Dyer on the upside of disappointing travel||Eleanor welcomes back one of Britain's wittiest and most audacious writers, Geoff Dyer. His latest book — a collection of essays called "White Sands" — is a humorous examination of travel, impermanence, and thwarted expectations.||12/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'You must change your life.' Biographer Rachel Corbett on Rilke and Rodin||Eleanor speaks with biographer Rachel Corbett about the unlikely - and influential - friendship between German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, and French sculptor Auguste Rodin.||12/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChristopher Kloeble & Francesca Melandri on facing Europe's history - through fiction||Eleanor speaks with Germany's Christopher Kloeble and Italy's Francesca Melandri onstage at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto. The novelists discuss the effects of history and current political climates on their work... and lives.||11/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlain Mabanckou on his profound connection to The Republic of Congo — and his mom.||From the Vancouver Writers Festival, Eleanor speaks with Congolese-French writer, Alain Mabanckou. Imaginative and original, his books are charming explorations of childhood, family and country.||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanZadie Smith on dance, Black British identity, and her new novel, 'Swing Time'||Eleanor speaks with one of fiction's most exciting voices, British novelist Zadie Smith. The beloved author of 'White Teeth' and 'NW' has a new novel, 'Swing Time' - about fame, female friendship, and tap dancing.||11/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHa Jin on writing in English, and why he can't go back to China||Eleanor speaks with Chinese-American writer, Ha Jin. Winner of the National Book Award and the Pen-Faulkner Prize, Jin talks about his new novel, "The Boat Rocker"; writing in English; and why he's not able to return to China.||11/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSharon Olds at Vancouver Writers Fest||Eleanor speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds, on stage at the 2016 Vancouver Writers Festival. Olds is known for her intensely personal, emotionally scathing verse. Her new book, "Odes", is a celebration of the ordinary.||10/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFredrik Sjöberg Interview||Eleanor speaks with Swedish naturalist and cultural critic, Fredrik Sjöberg. His delightful, three-volume memoir about collecting hoverflies received a 2016 "Ig Nobel" Prize - awarded to unusual achievements that make people laugh... then think.||10/22/2016||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