Writers and Company from CBC Radio
By CBC Radio
To listen to an audio podcast, mouse over the title and click Play. Open iTunes to download and subscribe to podcasts.
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.
||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|
||John Burnside Podcast||Eleanor Wachtel speaks with the Scottish novelist, short story writer, poet and memoirist, John Burnside. Tessa Hadley says of "I Put a Spell on You", "Women need to read this book."||1/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Peter Carey Podcast||Australian-American writer Peter Carey is one of only three writers to have won the Man Booker prize twice. His latest book, "Amnesia" looks at the relationship between his two countries.||1/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Daniel Kehlmann Podcast||Jonathan Franzen says of German-Austrian novelist Daniel Kehlmann, "[He] has become the go-to guy in Central Europe for engagement with the weirdness of the postmodern world we inhabit."||1/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lore Segal Encore 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. Last year, at 85, she published a quirky new novel called "Half the Kingdom".||1/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Richard Sennett Encore Podcast||Richard Sennett is a social analyst and writer, with his work falling under the heading 'culture studies'. But this isn't dry stuff - his work is "an elegant mix of interview, anecdote and wide, deep book-research."||12/27/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Zadie Smith Encore Podcast||Eleanor Wachtel spoke with Zadie Smith, onstage in front of a sold-out audience, at Harbourfront in Toronto. They talked about her new book "NW", set on her home turf in London.||12/20/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Christos Tsiolkas Podcast||Eleanor speaks with Australian novelist, Christos Tsiolkas. His new book, "Barracuda", is a heart-breaking page-turner of a novel.||12/13/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Historical Fiction Podcast||Laila Lalami, Valerie Martin and Sarah Waters join Eleanor Wachtel in a lively discussion about delving into the past.||12/6/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||P.D. James Podcast||English crime writer P.D. James passed away this week at the age of 94. Her books were elegantly written, meticulously plotted – and often quite gruesome. Eleanor spoke with her, onstage, fifteen years ago.||11/29/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Alan Warner Podcast||The Guardian says that novelist Alan Warner is one of Scotland's best. His latest novel, about two young slackers, is called "Their Lips Talk of Mischief".||11/22/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Marilynne Robinson, Colm Toibin Podcast||This week, a lively and entertaining conversation from the International Festival of Authors with two wonderful writers - Marilynne Robinson and Colm Toibin.||11/15/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Julia Franck Podcast||Julia Franck was 18 when the Berlin Wall came down - 25 years ago - on November 9, 1989. Born in the East, and raised mostly in the West, her life and her writing embody the divide between the two cultures.||11/8/2014||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