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.
||Tomas Eloy Martinez Podcast||This week, as the Pan Am games wrap up, we present our 2004 interview with Argentinian journalist and novelist, Tomás Eloy Martínez, who died in 2010.||7/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Hector Abad Podcast||This week, during the Pan Am games, Eleanor speaks with Colombian writer and essayist, Hector Abad. His moving memoir "Oblivion" is a tribute to his father, killed in 1987 by a repressive regime for his human rights activism.||7/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Antonio Skarmeta Podcast||We're continuing our focus on writers from Latin American during the Pan Am games, this week with Chilean fiction writer and dramatist Antonio Skarmeta.||7/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jose Padilha Podcast||During the Pan Am games we'll be featuring artists from Latin America, this week with Brazilian filmmaker, Jose Padilha.||7/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ali Smith Podcast||Scottish writer Ali Smith said "that it is the duty of both readers and writers to 'be as open as a book, and alive to the life in language.'" Her dazzling novel, "How to Be Both" has just won the Baileys Prize for Women's Fiction.||6/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||David Thomson Podcast||David Thomson has been called "the greatest living writer on the movies". Eleanor speaks with him about Cary Grant's dark past, Meryl Streep's brilliance, and whether or not Laurence Olivier was a nice guy.||6/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Caryl Phillips Podcast||J. M. Coetzee has said of Caryl Phillips that his body of work had “a single aim: remembering what the West would like to forget.”||6/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jim Shepard Podcast||American writer Jim Shepard is described as "one of the finest (and most overlooked) writers." His new novel The Book of Aron looks at the Holocaust, focusing on Jewish children in the Warsaw Ghetto.||6/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Donal Ryan Podcast||Eleanor speaks with the Irish writer, Donal Ryan. He recently quit his day job to devote himself full-time to his writing - and the awards are piling up.||5/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Eric Bogosian Podcast||Actor, playwright and novelist Eric Bogosian has a new non-fiction book about the Armenian genocide of one hundred years ago. It's called "Operation Nemesis."||5/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Andre Aciman Podcast||This week, from Alexandria and New York, Eleanor speaks with André Aciman. His novel "Harvard Square" is an autobiographical story about an unlikely friendship between two immigrants to America.||5/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Aida Begic Podcast||This week, the conclusion of our special series, "Re-imagining the Balkans: How the countries of the former Yugoslavia face their past and their future," with Bosnian filmmaker, Aida Begic.||5/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sibila Petlevski and David Albahari Podcast||This week, more in our special series, "Re-imagining the Balkans: How the countries of the former Yugoslavia face their past and their future," with Sibila Petlevski and David Albahari.||5/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ales Debeljak Podcast||More in our special series, "Re-imagining the Balkans: How the countries of the former Yugoslavia face their past and their future," this week with Slovenian poet and cultural critic, Ales Debeljak.||4/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dubravka Ugresic and Borka Pavicevic Podcast||This week, more in our special series, "Re-imagining the Balkans: How the countries of the former Yugoslavia face their past and their future," with Dubravka Ugresic and Borka Pavicevic.||4/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Muharem Bazdulj Podcast||This week, part one of our special series, "Re-imagining the Balkans: How the countries of the former Yugoslavia face their past and their future," with Bosnian novelist and journalist Muharem Bazdulj. ||4/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kate Atkinson Podcast||Eleanor spoke with Kate Atkinson about her novel "Life After Life" on-stage at Harbourfront in Toronto. And, even though Atkinson says she doesn't like him as much as other women do, they also talk about her detective, Jackson Brodie.||4/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kazuo Ishiguro Podcast||Eleanor speaks with one of England's finest writers, Kazuo Ishiguro, about his new book, The Buried Giant.||3/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Edwidge Danticat Podcast||This week, from Haiti and the United States, Edwidge Danticat. Her moving book, "Claire of the Sea Light," is set in a Haitian fishing village before the earthquake.||3/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Helen Macdonald Podcast||Helen Macdonald's book "H is for Hawk" is the first memoir to win the Samuel Johnson prize. One judge said that it is “an extraordinary book that displayed an originality and a poetic power."||3/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Gloria Steinem Podcast||This week, in honour of International Women's Day, we're airing Eleanor's conversation with the pre-eminent American feminist, author and activist, Gloria Steinem.||3/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Nick Hornby Podcast||British novelist Nick Hornby's new novel posits an alternative reality in which Britain has its own Lucille Ball-type actress, their own "Funny Girl."||2/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Anne Tyler Podcast||John Updike said of American novelist Anne Tyler that she '... is not merely good, she is wickedly good.' In a rare interview, Eleanor Wachtel speaks with Anne Tyler about her life and work, and about her new novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."||2/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Andrew OHagan Podcast||Eleanor speaks with Scottish novelist and essayist, Andrew O'Hagan. He's been called "the best essayist of his generation." His latest book, a novel, is called "The Illuminations."||2/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Robert Stone Podcast||Robert Stone was often described as one of the most important novelists to emerge from 1960s America. He died last month at the age of 77. Eleanor spoke with him in 1997.||2/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Samantha Harvey Podcast||British novelist Samantha Harvey's new novel, "Dear Thief" is inspired by Leonard Cohen's hit song, "Famous Blue Raincoat" and is in the same key - 'a minor and melancholic one'.||1/31/2015||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