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.
||CleanFrom Zanzibar to England, Abdulrazak Gurnah explores the pain of dislocation||Abdulrazak Gurnah writes about immigrant life, dislocation, power and shame. He talks to Eleanor about his new book, Gravel Heart — a powerful story of a young man's experience as an immigrant to England, which reflects elements of Gurnah's own life.||12/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRichard Holmes reflects on his life as a 'Romantic biographer'||One of Britain's leading literary biographers, Holmes writes passionately about Romantic era greats — such as Shelley, Coleridge, Keats and Blake. He talks to Eleanor Wachtel about his new book, This Long Pursuit: Reflections of a Romantic Biographer.||12/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanColm Tóibín on redrawing Greek tragedy for modern times||Colm Tóibín talks to Eleanor Wachtel about his new novel, House of Names — a troubling tale of family, murder and vengeance that draws from Greek myth. They spoke onstage at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto.||11/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNovelist Anuradha Roy explores beauty, violence and power in modern India||Anuradha Roy's elegant, provocative fiction looks at life in India from unusual angles. Eleanor spoke to Roy about her latest book, "Sleeping on Jupiter," which won the DSC South Asia Prize for Fiction.||11/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRemembering Leonard Cohen: biographer Sylvie Simmons on Montreal's beloved poet||Eleanor speaks to Sylvie Simmons, author of the bestselling biography "I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen," about the man behind the music, poetry and fiction — his early influences, struggles with depression, spiritual explorations, and more.||11/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Bellos on why 'Les Misérables' still resonates today||Eleanor talks to biographer and translator David Bellos about 19th-century French writer, Victor Hugo, and the dramatic history behind Hugo's masterpiece, Les Misérables — the most frequently adapted novel of all time.||11/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMin Jin Lee on the untold story of Koreans in Japan||Korean American novelist Min Jin Lee talks to Eleanor Wachtel about her second book, "Pachinko," which was recently named a finalist for the National Book Award.||10/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGeorge Saunders on his Man Booker Prize-winning novel, Lincoln in the Bardo||George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for his debut novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo." In April, Saunders discussed the book with Eleanor Wachtel at a sold-out event in Toronto.||10/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpanish novelist Javier Marías on secrets and betrayal — in politics and fiction||Spain's most celebrated contemporary writer talks to Eleanor Wachtel about his country's dark past, his own family history, and his new novel that draws on both, "Thus Bad Begins."||10/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNobel Prize for Literature winner Kazuo Ishiguro on his novels of 'great emotional force'||Eleanor Wachtel speaks with the Japanese-British author and recipient of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature about his novels "The Buried Giant" and "Never Let Me Go."||10/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDaniel Mendelsohn on his journey with his father through Homer’s Odyssey||In his memoir "An Odyssey," American writer and critic Daniel Mendelsohn gives an account of what happened when his elderly father sat in on his university seminar on Homer’s epic poem.||9/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHaifaa Al Mansour on Mary Shelley, the woman behind Frankenstein||In her new film "Mary Shelley," Saudi Arabian filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour explores the passion and pain that led the teenage author to write her groundbreaking novel, "Frankenstein." Eleanor spoke to Al Mansour at the Toronto International Film Festival||9/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKei Miller maps the intersections of race, class and privilege in Jamaica||The Jamaican poet, novelist and essayist spoke to Eleanor Wachtel about his award-winning collection "The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion," and his imaginative new novel, "Augustown."||9/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn le Carré on his legacy as a spy-turned-novelist||The master of the political thriller talks to Eleanor Wachtel about his storied career as both a spy and a writer, and discusses his new book, "A Legacy of Spies," which sees the return of his most iconic character, George Smiley.||9/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPhilip Roth on his life in fiction||From "Goodbye, Columbus" to "The Plot Against America," the celebrated novelist reflects on his literary identities, fame, family, controversy and growing old in this conversation with Eleanor Wachtel from 2009.||9/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCartoonist Lynda Barry on reclaiming the art of child's play||In this conversation from 2009, Eleanor talks to American cartoonist Lynda Barry about her Filipino heritage, her friendship with Matt Groening, and her darkly funny and moving work, which revolves around the lives of children.||8/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGraphic novelist Reinhard Kleist on Germany's refugees, then and now||Eleanor speaks to the award-winning German comic book artist about his wide-ranging subjects — from Johnny Cash; to a man who escaped Auschwitz by boxing; to Samia Yusuf Omar, a Somalian Olympic runner who drowned trying to reach Europe.||8/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMargarethe von Trotta on telling the story of Germany through the eyes of women||Eleanor spoke with revered German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta as part of our 2016 special series, "At the Centre of Europe: A Changing Germany".||8/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEdna O'Brien on fear, dreams and LSD||Eleanor Wachtel speaks to the author of "The Country Girls" Trilogy and "The Little Red Chairs" about the power of dreams; her homeland, Ireland; and hallucinogens.||8/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTracy K. Smith on life, death, poetry and outer space||In this conversation from 2016, Eleanor talks to the new Poet Laureate of the United States, Tracy K. Smith. Her last collection, "Life on Mars", won a Pulitzer Prize. Her memoir, "Ordinary Light", explores race, faith and her relationship with her mom.||7/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPatricia Grace on telling the stories of New Zealand's Indigenous people||In this conversation from 2003, Eleanor talks to Patricia Grace — one of New Zealand's most celebrated Maori writers.||7/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEdward Said's ideas about power and identity still resonate today||Eleanor spoke with Edward Said, the eminent literary and cultural critic, in 1993. The author of "Orientalism" and "Culture and Imperialism" discusses Western attitudes toward the East, and explores the connection between politics and literature.||7/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChimamanda Ngozi Adichie on why she can't stay silent||Nigerian-American author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spoke to Eleanor in 2009 about her Orange Prize-winning novel "Half of a Yellow Sun", her story collection "The Thing Around Your Neck", and how Nigeria's civil war continues to haunt her life and fictio||7/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Canada made Michael Ondaatje a writer||In this conversation from 1998, Eleanor talks to Canadian literary master Michael Ondaatje - author of "The English Patient" - about "Handwriting," a collection of poems about loss, landscape and the power of history in Sri Lanka.||7/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArundhati Roy on love, war and the fragility of happiness||Indian writer and activist Arundhati Roy joins Eleanor to discuss "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness", the long-awaited second novel from the author of the Booker Prize winner, "The God of Small Things".||6/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSherman Alexie on his bittersweet relationship with his mother||Eleanor speaks with Native American writer Sherman Alexie about his memoir, "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me." The book focuses on his complicated relationship with his mother, and his difficult upbringing on a Spokane reservation in Washington state.||6/17/2017||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.
If you love books and great (really great) conversation, then listen to this. Eleanor Wachtel is a wonderful interviewer - nevers gets in the way of what the authors are talking about. The recent conversations with Pullman, Danticat, and a repeat of her Lessing interview are outstanding. The Scottish focus in Sep/Oct was topical, funny, smart and comprehensive.
One of the best radio discussions
As an American living in Switzerland, I rely on podcasts to keep me up to date. I love everything about this program. It is so refreshing to get that in-depth interview. Thank you for making this available.
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