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.
||John Lanchester Podcast||English journalist and novelist John Lanchester's book, "Capital", is a wonderfully Dickensian take on the 2008 financial crisis.||7/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Karl Ove Knausgaard Podcast||Karl Ove Knausgaard's six volume autobiographical novel "My Struggle" has won every Norwegian prize, and has been hailed as "a masterpiece". Knausgaard writes (and speaks) with raw honesty.||6/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Anne Carson Podcast Encore||Canadian poet Anne Carson has just become the first two-time winner of the $65,000 Griffin Prize for Poetry. Eleanor spoke with her in 2011.||6/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Fred D'Aguiar Podcast||British-Guyanese poet, novelist and playwright, Fred D'Aguiar. His new novel, "Children of Paradise", is inspired by the horrific events at Jonestown in 1978.||6/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Luis Alberto Urrea Podcast||Born to a Mexican father, and a mother from New York City, Luis Alberto Urrea's background allows him to write about cross-cultural issues from a unique perspective.||6/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Yiyun Li Podcast||Yiyun Li was 16 years old at the time of Tiananmen, but she felt it was her generation who put their lives on the line. Her new novel "Kinder Than Solitude" looks back on those horrific events.||5/31/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Helen Oyeyemi Podcast||Helen Oyeyemi's new novel, "Boy, Snow, Bird" exhibits her fascination with doubles and with fairy tales. Here, she takes a fresh look at the story of Snow White.||5/24/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ece Temelkuran Podcast||From Istanbul, an exclusive interview with the Turkish political activist, journalist, writer, poet, and novelist, Ece Temelkuran.||5/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Karim Ainouz, Michel Laub Podcast||The conclusion of our 5-part series on Brazil, with filmmaker Karim Ainouz. His first feature debut, Madame Sata, premiered in 2002 at the Cannes Film Festival. Also, Michel Laub, one of top names among the younger generation of Brazilian writers.||5/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Luis Fernando Verissimo Podcast||Our Brazil Inside Out series continues with an interview with Luis Fernando Verissimo, one of the country's most popular and witty writers.||5/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bernardo Carvalho, Roberta Estrela D'Alva Podcast||Novelist Bernardo Carvalho takes readers on a fascinating journey among the indigenous peoples of Brazil's heartland. Writer and performer Roberta Estrela D'Alva's striking productions meld epic theatre with the hip-hop culture of the favelas.||4/24/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jose Padilha Podcast||Our special Brazil series continues with filmmaker Jose Padilha. His documentaries have tackled crime and corruption. His latest project - RoboCop!||4/19/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ana Maria Machado, Sergio Rodrigues Podcast||The launch of a new series, Brazil Inside Out. To start, Ana Maria Machado, one of the country's most respected writers. Also, Sergio Rodrigues makes connections between Brazilian's passion for soccer and their political history.||4/12/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jennifer Egan Podcast||This week, on podcast and live-streaming, Jennifer Egan. The Pulitzer-prize winning American writer talks about her surprising and engaging novel, "A Visit From the Goon Squad".||4/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jackie Kay Podcast||This week, from our 2007 Scottish series, Eleanor's warm and lively conversation with the poet, playwright, memoirist, and novelist Jackie Kay.||3/29/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mohsin Hamid Podcast||Eleanor speaks with Pakistani writer, Mohsin Hamid. His new novel is called (in a tongue-in-cheek nod to the self-help book) "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia."||3/22/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||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|
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