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.
||Middlemarch Podcast||This week, a panel discussion about George Eliot's masterpiece, "Middlemarch". Panellist Rebecca Mead said of the book, "Middlemarch...has an incredible depth and maturity of vision that grows with you as you age."||3/15/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Emmanuel Carrere Podcast||Emmanuel Carrere is an award-winning, novelist, filmmaker, journalist and biographer. He unapologetically puts himself in his books, and his "frankness about his worst self is a constant in his work."||3/8/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rabih Alameddine Podcast||Lebanese-American writer Rabih Alameddine's new book, "An Unnecessary Woman" is about a reclusive woman living in Beirut. The thirty-seven books she has translated into Arabic have been stowed away, and never read - by anyone.||3/1/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mavis Gallant Encore Podcast||Master short story writer, Mavis Gallant, has died at the age of 91. Eleanor spoke to her in 2008 when her book, "From the 15th District" was a Canada Reads finalist.||2/22/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Hector Abad Podcast||From the Hay-Cartagena Festival, the prolific Colombian writer and essayist, Hector Abad. His moving memoir "Oblivion" is a memorial to his father, killed in 1987 for his criticism of the repressive Colombian regime.||2/15/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sjon Podcast||Eleanor speaks with the Icelandic novelist, poet, librettist and lyricist, Sjon. A.S. Byatt said that he is one of those writers who have "changed the whole map of literature" inside her head.||2/8/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Gary Shteyngart Podcast||When satirist Gary Shteyngart was 5, his grandmother gave him a piece of waxy Russian cheese for every page he wrote. It must have been excellent training, as he's now written a touching new memoir, "Little Failure."||2/1/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Alice McDermott Podcast||Eleanor speaks with American writer Alice McDermott. Her novel "Someone" evokes the Irish-American world of early 20th century Brooklyn, and is "told in prose that can feel almost physically radiant."||1/25/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tan Twan Eng Podcast||This week, Eleanor speaks with the Malaysian writer Tan Twan Eng. His latest novel, "The Garden of Evening Mists" was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Man Asian Literary Prize.||1/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||James McBride Podcast||James McBride was the surprise winner of the 2013 National Book Award, for his novel "The Good Lord Bird". It's a comic treatment of controversial abolitionist John Brown, who led a violent crusade against slavery.||1/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Hilary Mantel Podcast||An encore presentation of Eleanor's conversation with two-time Man Booker prize winner, Hilary Mantel. Her trilogy about the court of Henry VIII and the life of Thomas Cromwell is the story she says she was destined to write.||1/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Diana Athill Podcast||For copyright reasons, we are not able to bring you Eleanor's conversation with Rohinton Mistry. Instead, on the podcast and streaming version of the show this week, the remarkable writer and editor, Diana Athill.||12/28/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Fran Lebowitz Podcast Encore||In a candid and personal conversation, cultural commentator Fran Lebowitz talks about her upbringing in New Jersey, about her early success, and about her writer's block - or, as she calls it, her writer's "blockade".||12/21/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Prize Panel Podcast||This week, a lively discussion about the perils and pleasures of literary prizes - with England's Justin Cartwright, Ireland's Kevin Barry, Canada's Charlotte Gray, and American, Meg Wolitzer.||12/14/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Amy Tan Podcast||Eleanor speaks with Amy Tan about her gripping new novel "The Valley of Amazement", her first in eight years. The book revolves around the world of the courtesan in early 20th century Shanghai.||12/7/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Malcolm Gladwell Podcast||Eleanor spoke to Malcolm Gladwell onstage at McGill University about his latest book "David and Goliath". Though he's a self-professed introvert, he does a pretty terrific job of entertaining an audience. The podcast contains bonus material.||11/30/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Doris Lessing Encore Podcast||Independent and outspoken, the Nobel prize-winning author of "The Golden Notebook" (and dozens of other novels) has just died at the age of 94. Eleanor spoke with Doris Lessing at her home in 2003.||11/23/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Margaret Drabble Podcast||Margaret Drabble and Eleanor Wachtel have spoken a number of times over the years - but they always find something new and fascinating to talk about. Eleanor spoke with Margaret Drabble, onstage, at the International Festival of Authors.||11/16/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Brave New Word Podcast||Brave New Word - three young writers look at where the political meets the personal as they tell their stories. With Sahar Delijani, Anthony Marra and Abdellah Taia.||11/9/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Aleksandar Hemon Podcast||Bosnian-American writer Aleksandar Hemon spoke with Eleanor, onstage, at the International Festival of Authors. His work displays a 'bountiful gift for language' and blurs the line between fiction and non-fiction.||11/2/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Olivier Todd on Camus Encore Podcast||Albert Camus was born in Algeria in November 1913. In honour of the 100th anniversary of his birth, Eleanor talks to biographer Olivier Todd about Camus - the Nobel Prize winning author of "L'Étranger".||10/26/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lore Segal Podcast||Lore Segal's 1964 memoir "Other People's Houses" is a sharp and moving account of her time as a 'Kindertransport' child in England during the war. Now, at 85, she has a quirky new novel called "Half the Kingdom".||10/19/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Alice Munro Podcast||Alice Munro is now Canada's first Nobel Prize winner for Literature. Eleanor spoke with her in a restaurant in Goderich, Ontario in 2004, just before Munro won the Giller Prize for "Runaway". Now, with the Nobel, our joy knows no bounds!||10/12/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Edwidge Danticat Podcast||From Haiti and the United States, Edwidge Danticat. It's been almost ten years since her last novel, but she now has a moving new book, "Claire of the Sea Light", set in a Haitian fishing village before the earthquake.||10/5/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rupert Thomson Podcast||English novelist Rupert Thomson is one of those writers who, for some reason, is not as well known as he should be. So, we're doing our bit to remedy the situation. Eleanor speaks with him about his memoir, and about his new novel, "Secrecy".||9/28/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Aminatta Forna Podcast||Aminatta Forna has first-hand knowledge of civil war. Her father was hanged in 1975 by the regime in Sierra Leone, on false charges of treason. Forna writes about civil war in her latest book - this time about Yugoslavia.||9/21/13||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