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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.
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1:02:44 | Oct 29th, 2017

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.
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52:37 | Oct 22nd, 2017

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.
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52:25 | Aug 6th, 2017

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.
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52:16 | Jul 9th, 2017

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 fic...Show More

57:23 | Sep 15th

The artist and author talks to Eleanor Wachtel about her evocative new work, Guestbook: Ghost Stories, and how the stuff of everyday life inspires her uniquely creative vision.

1:01:38 | Sep 8th

Eleanor Wachtel speaks to Dorian Lynskey about the dystopian classic and its lasting impact on society. Lynskey is the author of The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell's 1984.

52:35 | Sep 1st

The award-winning poet and novelist spoke to Eleanor Wachtel in 2017 about his novel Augustown, and his collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion.

53:04 | Aug 25th

The Indian novelist talks to Eleanor Wachtel about her award-winning book, Sleeping on Jupiter, in this conversation from 2017.

53:02 | Aug 18th

The Nobel Prize-winning American author is being celebrated around the world following her death on August 5th, age 88. She spoke to Eleanor Wachtel in 2012.

51:45 | Aug 11th

The influential sculptor is known for iconic works of art in cities around the world, such as Cloud Gate (aka 'the bean') in Chicago's Millennium Park. He talked to Eleanor Wachtel in 2015.

1:03:23 | Aug 4th

The acclaimed novelist talked to Eleanor Wachtel in 2017 about her second book, Pachinko, and about growing up Korean in Queens, New York.

1:01:44 | Jul 28th

The author of King Leopold's Ghost talked to Eleanor Wachtel in 2017 about his powerful book, Spain in Our Hearts, which explores the story of American volunteers in the Spanish Civil War.

52:11 | Jul 21st

The Swedish naturalist and bestselling author of The Fly Trap and The Art of Flight spoke to Eleanor Wachtel in 2016 about how he found his unusual calling.

54:34 | Jul 14th

The theatre director and filmmaker talked to Eleanor Wachtel in 2014 about the phenomenal success of her musical, The Lion King; adapting Shakespeare's plays to the screen; and her film linking the lyrics of hit Beatles songs, Across the Universe.

53:08 | Jul 7th

The Vietnamese-American author spoke to Eleanor Wachtel in 2016, shortly after winning the Pulitzer Prize for his ambitious, disturbing and darkly comic novel, The Sympathizer.

1:08:13 | Jun 30th

In this interview from 2017, the former British intelligence officer and master of the political thriller talks to Eleanor Wachtel about A Legacy of Spies, his latest novel to feature the iconic character, George Smiley.

53:03 | Jun 23rd

The Bosnian-American writer talked to Eleanor Wachtel about his two new works, My Parents and This Does Not Belong to You, which explore his parents' memories of displacement, his own identity and the very nature of storytelling itself.

58:13 | Jun 16th

The British-Jamaican poet spoke to Eleanor Wachtel about his prize-winning new collection, The Perseverance, which explores his complicated relationship with his late father and his experience growing up deaf.

56:13 | Jun 9th

In her new novel, the prize-winning Australian author uses satire to explore race, class and migration, and the art of writing itself. De Kretser talks to Eleanor Wachtel about hope and betrayal in her fiction, and about growing up in Sri Lanka in th...Show More

53:36 | Jun 2nd

Speaking to Eleanor Wachtel in 2003, the two historians look back on the First World War and its far-reaching aftermath.

53:25 | May 26th

The award-winning American author talks to Eleanor Wachtel onstage in Montreal about her Canadian connections, and how the natural world informs her writing - and her life.

53:13 | May 19th

To mark the centenary of her birth, Writers & Company revisits Eleanor's 2003 conversation with the late Nobel Prize in Literature winner, one of the most influential writers of the 20th century.

1:02:53 | May 12th

In Looking for Lorraine, Imani Perry explores Hansberry's significant impact as both a writer and civil rights activist. Perry spoke to Eleanor while in Toronto for TIFF's Books on Film series.

52:30 | May 5th

The writer and director talked to Eleanor Wachtel about making Love & Friendship, the first film adaptation of Austen's lesser-known novella, Lady Susan. Stillman joined Eleanor in Toronto while in town for TIFF's Books on Film series.

53:18 | Apr 28th

The 28-year-old writer talks to Eleanor Wachtel about her two novels, how she engages with the social conventions of her time and how her characters navigate coming-of-age in an Ireland itself reeling from the decline of the Celtic Tiger.

53:09 | Apr 21st

Four of Beauvoir's friends and admirers joined Eleanor Wachtel in 2008 to discuss the lasting legacy of the visionary French writer and feminist.

57:52 | Apr 14th

In his fifth novel, the award-winning writer explores identity, rebellion and radicalism through the eyes of a teenage woman. Wray talks to Eleanor Wachtel about the 'pure and dangerous' age of adolescence.

55:44 | Apr 7th

The British author spoke to Eleanor Wachtel about the literary allure and mystique of the world's driest, hottest places - as well as the troubling impact of migration, nuclear testing and environmental disaster.

1:00:35 | Mar 31st

The author and journalist talks to Eleanor onstage in Toronto about his Indian-Pakistani heritage, the impact of modernity on India today, and his new book, The Twice-Born, which explores the city of Benares, the spiritual capital of Hinduism.

52:46 | Mar 24th

The phenomenally successful American novelist joins Eleanor Wachtel in Toronto to discuss his new novel, The Reckoning, and his dedication to fighting for the wrongly convicted.

52:50 | Mar 17th

Eleanor Wachtel's 2010 interview with one of Ireland's great poets, Seamus Heaney. He discusses and reads poems from Human Chain, the last collection published before his death in 2013.

1:01:14 | Mar 8th

The German-American graphic artist talks to Eleanor Wachtel about her visual memoir, Belonging, an unflinching investigation into her family's involvement in the Second World War.

53:03 | Mar 3rd

In her new novel, Ghost Wall, Sarah Moss connects ancient Britons of the Iron Age to the foundation myths of the Brexit crisis. She talks to Eleanor Wachtel about the influence of northern, isolated places on her life and work.

54:32 | Feb 24th

Winner of the $100, 000 Glenn Gould Prize, the legendary soprano reflects on her life, her music and how she used her voice - on and off the stage

53:59 | Feb 17th

The celebrated editor and memoirist died on Jan. 23, 2019, at the age of 101. Speaking to Eleanor Wachtel in 2001, Athill discusses her memoir Stet, and some of the writers she worked with over her 50-year career, including Norman Mailer, Jean Rhys a...Show More

54:03 | Feb 10th

Inspired by literary classics, the Serbian-British writer engages with life in London through the lens of Eastern European and Russian characters. She talks to Eleanor Wachtel about her latest novel, Monsieur Ka.

52:56 | Feb 3rd

The prize-winning author talks to Eleanor Wachtel about growing up in Bogotá during the height of Colombia's drug wars, and his new book, The Shape of the Ruins, which probes real-life political assassinations from his country's turbulent history.

56:09 | Jan 27th

The German novelist, poet and translator won multiple prizes for her novel River when it was first published in Germany. Now available in English, it's earning wide acclaim for its haunting evocation of landscape and loss.

52:44 | Jan 20th

The Angolan writer, and one of Africa's most important contemporary writers, talks to Eleanor Wachtel about his latest award-winning book - Transparent City - a portrait of his native Luanda in apocalyptic times.

53:23 | Jan 13th

The Lebanese filmmaker made history last year when she became the first female Arab director to win a major prize in competition at Cannes. Nadine Labaki talks to Eleanor Wachtel about her powerful new film, working with a cast of young nonprofession...Show More

59:03 | Jan 6th

The Mississippi writer talks to Eleanor Wachtel about growing up black in the Deep South, his gambling addiction, and his lifelong struggle with weight and body image.

53:51 | Dec 30th, 2018

The iconic American musician, writer and photographer talked to Eleanor Wachtel onstage in 2013 to celebrate the launch of her photo exhibit, Camera Solo.

53:00 | Dec 23rd, 2018

The celebrated Congolese-French writer joined Eleanor Wachtel onstage at the Vancouver Writers Festival in 2016.

59:33 | Dec 16th, 2018

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the beloved classic, three longtime fans join Eleanor Wachtel to discuss the book's universal appeal - and how it has touched their lives.

58:41 | Dec 9th, 2018

The British novelist's new book is a powerful retelling of The Iliad, re-imagined from the point of view of Briseis, the 15-year-old queen who becomes Achilles' captured slave.

52:46 | Dec 2nd, 2018

Eleanor Wachtel's 2001 conversation with the Oscar-winning Italian filmmaker, who died on Nov. 26, 2018, at the age of 77.

55:42 | Nov 25th, 2018

The bestselling American writer talked to Eleanor Wachtel about her new title The Library Book, which tells the story of the devastating fire at the Los Angeles Central Library - and the significance of Orlean's own childhood library.

53:07 | Nov 18th, 2018

The Hungarian writer's new book was inspired by a shocking revelation: Forgách's mother worked as an informant for Hungary's Communist regime, reporting on friends, family and even her own children. He joins Eleanor Wachtel on stage in Toronto.

53:01 | Nov 11th, 2018

After serving five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, American author Elliot Ackerman uses fiction to explore the devastating impacts of war. He talks to Eleanor Wachtel about his powerful new novel, Waiting for Eden.
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50:58 | Nov 4th, 2018

The prize-winning Indian author spoke with Eleanor Wachtel in 2013 about Mumbai's opium dens, recovering from substance abuse and the beauty of poetry.
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53:02 | Oct 28th, 2018

The bestselling author spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about "Past Tense," the latest book in his phenomenally successful Jack Reacher series.
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1:02:05 | Oct 21st, 2018

The iconic musician and artist talks to Eleanor Wachtel about her early life; the New York arts scene of the 1970s and '80s; meeting her husband, Lou Reed; and why losing everything in the floods of Hurricane Sandy came as a blessing in disguise.
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58:16 | Oct 14th, 2018

In his powerful new collection, 'American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin,' Hayes responds to the election of Donald Trump and the tense social climate that has emerged in the U.S. The book is a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry...Show More
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54:26 | Oct 7th, 2018

The journalist and novelist talked to Eleanor Wachtel about his new book 'Immigrant, Montana' which blends fiction and autobiography in a story about a young Indian man navigating college life in the United States.
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52:57 | Sep 30th, 2018

From her painful relationship with her mother, to her sexual affair with her father, Kathryn Harrison's memoirs explore her troubled past with remarkable honesty and insight. Now her new book, On Sunset, tells the story of the unusual, well-travelled...Show More
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52:57 | Sep 23rd, 2018

From the Toronto International Film Festival, Eleanor Wachtel speaks with the English director about the literary influences in his work, his attraction to road movies, and the making of his latest film, The Wedding Guest.
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56:21 | Sep 16th, 2018

The English novelist and journalist talks to Eleanor Wachtel from his home in Bangkok about drawing inspiration from his nomadic lifestyle, and reinventing a literary icon in his new book, 'Only to Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Novel.'
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58:48 | Sep 9th, 2018

The celebrated writers joined Eleanor Wachtel on stage in Toronto for a discussion about the significance of location in literature.
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1:03:11 | Sep 2nd, 2018

The award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty discusses friendship and rivalry in her most recent novel, and her lifelong attraction to musical films.
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59:52 | Aug 26th, 2018

Three writers were invited to contribute essays to a series called The Face - a look at how our faces do, and don't, reveal who we are. In 2016, they talked to Eleanor Wachtel about the deeply personal experience of writing those pieces.
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51:19 | Aug 19th, 2018

After winning the Man Booker Prize in 1993 for his novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, the Irish writer talked to Eleanor Wachtel about tackling the topic of domestic violence in The Woman Who Walked Into Doors.
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52:50 | Aug 12th, 2018

Marlon James won the Man Booker Prize in 2015, becoming the first Jamaican ever to receive the award. Here he talks to Eleanor Wachtel about his prize-winning novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, and how writing has allowed him to create a new r...Show More
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52:42 | Aug 5th, 2018

The celebrated English writer talked to Eleanor Wachtel in 2011, shortly after winning the Man Booker Prize for The Sense of an Ending.
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53:02 | Jul 29th, 2018

The English novelist talked to Eleanor Wachtel in 1997 about her powerful 'Regeneration' trilogy, which explored the impact of trench warfare on soldiers in World War I. The trilogy's final novel, 'The Ghost Road,' won the 1995 Man Booker Prize.
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53:11 | Jul 22nd, 2018

A rare conversation with the South African writer and Nobel Prize laureate. Coetzee talked to Eleanor Wachtel in 2000, soon after winning the Man Booker Prize for a second time, for his novel Disgrace.
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52:22 | Jul 15th, 2018

The Indian novelist stunned the literary world in 2008 when he won the Man Booker Prize for his very first novel, The White Tiger - a fiercely irreverent take on class and social injustice in modern India.
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53:07 | Jul 8th, 2018

Australian novelist Peter Carey spoke with Eleanor Wachtel in 2001 about his second Man Booker Prize-winning novel, True History of the Kelly Gang.
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53:44 | Jul 1st, 2018

The two-time Booker winner talked to Eleanor in 2012 about her novels exploring the reign of Henry VIII. Wolf Hall is shortlisted for the special 50th anniversary Golden Man Booker Award, to be announced July 8, 2018.
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54:08 | Jun 24th, 2018

The Canadian literary icon joined Eleanor Wachtel onstage at the Rialto Theatre in Montreal. His new novel, Warlight, is being hailed as a masterpiece.
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55:30 | Jun 17th, 2018

The American novelist draws on her experience growing up in an interracial family in her edgy, prize-winning fiction. In her latest novel, New People, she writes with insight and subversive humour about what it means to be half-black and half-white.
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53:38 | Jun 10th, 2018

The Swedish novelist and playwright has received international acclaim for his innovative, politically charged work. Khemiri spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about his latest novel, "Everything I Don't Remember," onstage at the Blue Metropolis Literary Fes...Show More
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55:15 | Jun 3rd, 2018

The acclaimed American author of novels such as Portnoy's Complaint and The Plot Against America died on May 22, 2018. He spoke with Eleanor Wachtel in 2009 at his apartment in New York City.
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55:45 | May 27th, 2018

One of the most dynamic American novelists writing today, Rachel Kushner has a new novel, The Mars Room, which centres on a former stripper and single mother serving two life sentences in a California prison.
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54:30 | May 20th, 2018

Regarded as a pioneer of New Journalism, the American author, journalist and essayist died on May 14 at the age of 88. He spoke with Eleanor Wachtel in 2005 about his novel, I Am Charlotte Simmons.
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54:43 | May 13th, 2018

Eleanor Wachtel talks to the prize-winning painter and novelist about Iceland's transformation from a forgotten nation to a booming cultural hub. Helgason's latest book, Woman at 1,000 Degrees, is an international bestseller.
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52:46 | May 6th, 2018

Eleanor Wachtel travels to Copenhagen to talk to prominent Danish writer Dorthe Nors. The author's latest novel, Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, is about a woman dealing with family, loneliness and learning how to drive.
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55:57 | Apr 29th, 2018

The Norwegian author of the epic memoir My Struggle talks to Eleanor Wachtel about a new series, The Seasons Quartet, which takes the form of a letter to his daughter.
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57:42 | Apr 22nd, 2018

Eleanor talks to the Swedish screenwriter, novelist and creator of the hit show The Bridge, in part one of a new series, Darkness and Light: The Nordic Imagination.
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59:29 | Apr 15th, 2018

The English writer and lawyer talks to Eleanor Wachtel about his groundbreaking book, East West Street, which explores the origins of human rights law at the Nuremberg Trials... and follows Sands on a journey to uncover the truth about his own family...Show More
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52:39 | Apr 8th, 2018

The award-winning British filmmaker talks to Eleanor Wachtel about breaking down barriers in the film industry, and why she turns to period romance to explore modern concerns relating to race and politics.
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53:00 | Apr 1st, 2018

At the age of 89, the writer and director just won his first Academy Award for his screenplay for the hit movie, Call Me by Your Name. While in Toronto for TIFF's Books on Film series, James Ivory spoke to Eleanor Wachtel about some of his most famou...Show More
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52:33 | Mar 25th, 2018

From "Persona" to "Scenes from a Marriage," Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann captivated audiences in the films of Ingmar Bergman. But since the early '90s, she's found her true calling as a director. In 2014, Ullmann spoke to Eleanor Wachtel about her l...Show More
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1:00:13 | Mar 18th, 2018

Eleanor Wachtel speaks to literature's "bad girl," American writer Mary Gaitskill. In a book of essays, Gaitskill explores her unexpected bond with three inner-city children, her complicated relationship with her dying father, and the profound grief ...Show More
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58:13 | Mar 12th, 2018

In his new book, the African American poet and essayist traces the history of the hoax — from P. T. Barnum to made-up memoirs — making the case that hoaxes are embedded in race.
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51:58 | Mar 4th, 2018

Eleanor talks to the award-winning Scottish writer about her recent books, "Autumn" and "Winter," which marked the launch of a new series inspired by the seasons.
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52:44 | Feb 25th, 2018

The surprise winner of the 2013 American National Book Award talked to Eleanor Wachtel about his prize-winning book, "The Good Lord Bird," which centres on the controversial abolitionist John Brown; and about the life lessons he learned from his Poli...Show More
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52:49 | Feb 25th, 2018

Eleanor talks to the American writer and classicist about his recent memoir, "An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic." The book explores Mendelsohn's relationship with his late father, and the "Odyssey Cruise" they took together, retracing the jour...Show More
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53:14 | Feb 18th, 2018

Her books were burned and banned, but Edna O'Brien's writing opened up a new chapter in modern Irish literature. Eleanor Wachtel talks to the 2018 winner of the PEN/Nabokov award about her controversial first novel, her mother, and breaking down "soc...Show More
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58:55 | Feb 11th, 2018

Poet, travel writer and memoirist Kapka Kassabova talks to Eleanor Wachtel about returning to the forbidden borders of her communist childhood — between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece — and engaging with the stories of the land and its people. Her book,...Show More
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52:54 | Feb 4th, 2018

The Chilean director of the hit film 'Gloria' and the Oscar-nominated 'A Fantastic Woman' talks to Eleanor Wachtel about casting transgender actor Daniela Vega, and why he's attracted to stories about the complex lives of women.
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53:40 | Jan 28th, 2018

From the Writers & Company archives, Eleanor Wachtel speaks to celebrated fantasy and science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin, who died on January 22 at the age of 88. The conversation is followed by a reading from Le Guin's short story collection, ...Show More
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52:51 | Jan 21st, 2018

In her new memoir, Nine Continents, Chinese writer and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo takes an unsentimental look at her family and country's history, and how it has shaped her art.
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54:15 | Jan 14th, 2018

The Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author of "The Dark Room" and "A Boy in Winter" talks to Eleanor Wachtel about how her German family's history informs her powerful fiction.
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58:26 | Jan 7th, 2018

Maori novelist Witi Ihimaera (The Whale Rider) and Australian Aboriginal poet Ali Cobby Eckermann (Ruby Moonlight) discuss how stories can bring us closer to reconciliation, and what it's like to navigate between two cultures.
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53:10 | Dec 31st, 2017

In this intimate, onstage conversation from 2016, British writer Julian Barnes talks to Eleanor Wachtel about his recent novel, The Noise of Time, and how writing has helped him cope with the death of his wife.
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54:10 | Dec 24th, 2017

The celebrated writer, who died last year, led an extraordinary life that took her around the world working for British Intelligence and the U.N. She spoke to Eleanor in 2001, shortly before winning the National Book Award for her novel, The Great Fi...Show More
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52:56 | Dec 17th, 2017

The Haitian-American writer has won the 2018 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, also known as the 'American Nobel.' In this conversation from 2013, Danticat talks to Eleanor Wachtel about her novel, Claire of the Sea Light.
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52:49 | Dec 10th, 2017

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.
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52:44 | Dec 3rd, 2017

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...Show More
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52:27 | Nov 26th, 2017

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.
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53:19 | Nov 19th, 2017

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.
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59:42 | Nov 12th, 2017

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.
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53:18 | Nov 5th, 2017

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.
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52:51 | Oct 15th, 2017

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."
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53:24 | Oct 8th, 2017

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."
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52:48 | Oct 1st, 2017

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.
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52:59 | Sep 24th, 2017

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 Festi...Show More
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57:44 | Sep 17th, 2017

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."
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1:07:46 | Sep 10th, 2017

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.
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53:21 | Sep 3rd, 2017

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.
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52:19 | Aug 27th, 2017

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.
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50:47 | Aug 20th, 2017

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.
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1:02:49 | Aug 13th, 2017

Eleanor spoke with revered German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta as part of our 2016 special series, "At the Centre of Europe: A Changing Germany".
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55:23 | Jul 30th, 2017

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 m...Show More
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52:20 | Jul 23rd, 2017

In this conversation from 2003, Eleanor talks to Patricia Grace — one of New Zealand's most celebrated Maori writers.
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50:58 | Jul 16th, 2017

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.
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52:27 | Jul 2nd, 2017

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.
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57:23 | Jun 25th, 2017

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".
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56:53 | Jun 18th, 2017

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 sta...Show More
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51:52 | Jun 11th, 2017

Eleanor speaks with English writer, professor, veterinarian and barrister, Charles Foster. His latest book, "Being a Beast", is a quest to see the world through the senses of five different animal species.
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51:38 | Jun 4th, 2017

Eleanor speaks with Orange Prize-winning author Rose Tremain about her latest novel, "The Gustav Sonata" — an exploration of political and personal neutrality set in Switzerland before and after the Second World War.
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51:28 | May 28th, 2017

From 2002, Eleanor's conversation with the late Sudanese novelist Tayeb Salih, one of the foremost writers of the Arab world. His 1967 novel "Season of Migration to the North" has been called the most important Arabic novel of the 20th Century.
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51:32 | May 21st, 2017

Eleanor speaks with England's Helen Macdonald about her best-selling memoir, "H is for Hawk". In this interview from 2015, Macdonald discusses how she dealt with her father's sudden death by training a goshawk — the fiercest, wildest bird of prey.
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52:10 | May 14th, 2017

Francisco Goldman, Imbolo Mbue and David Treuer reflect on cultural collision in the United States. Eleanor sat down with the three prize-winning writers on stage at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival in Montreal.
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58:09 | May 7th, 2017

In front of a live audience in Montreal, at the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, Eleanor speaks with the festival's Grand Prix winner, Anita Desai, about her life and the award-winning books she's written over more than fifty years.
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52:15 | Apr 30th, 2017

A look back at Eleanor's conversation with American novelist and children's book author Paula Fox from 2002. Paula Fox died last month at age 93. In this interview, she discusses her memoir, "Borrowed Finery".
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53:29 | Apr 23rd, 2017

Eleanor sits down with American writer George Saunders onstage at the Toronto Reference Library. The master of the short story talks about writing his first novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo", which unfolds in a graveyard over a single night in 1862.
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52:12 | Apr 16th, 2017

Eleanor Wachtel's 2006 conversation with the Nobel Prize-winning poet Derek Walcott, who died in March at the age of 87. Walcott was known for poetry that bridged cultures and traditions, making links between his Caribbean and European heritage.
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53:41 | Apr 9th, 2017

Eleanor speaks with Canadian theatre visionary, Robert Lepage. World-renowned for his highly innovative, multimedia productions, his latest work, "887", explores childhood memories in a divided Quebec.
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51:49 | Apr 2nd, 2017

Eleanor speaks with the award-winning comic artist about growing up in Syria, Libya and France, and his bestselling graphic memoir, "The Arab of the Future."
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56:51 | Mar 26th, 2017

Eleanor talks to Turkish-American writer Elif Batuman about her infatuation with Russian literature, and her debut novel, "The Idiot", a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story about language and romance in the year 1995.
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52:30 | Mar 19th, 2017

In this conversation from 2005, legendary American novelist and journalist Joan Didion talks to Eleanor about the deaths of both her husband and daughter, and about writing her heartbreaking memoir, "The Year of Magical Thinking."
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52:14 | Mar 12th, 2017

Eleanor speaks with British-Indian novelist and journalist, Hari Kunzru. His latest book, "White Tears", addresses the dark history of exploitation and greed in American blues music.
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52:31 | Mar 5th, 2017

Eleanor Wachtel speaks with the French filmmaker about his roots, his obsessions, and his new film "Personal Shopper", starring Kristen Stewart.
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53:39 | Feb 26th, 2017

Eleanor talks with Chinese-American author Yiyun Li about her 2014 novel Kinder Than Solitude, set in the shadow of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and inspired by real life events.