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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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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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104 Ratings
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By lukequinton - Sep 12 2017
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Eleanor Wachtel is one of the best interviewers in the world.

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By PatriciaLouise12 - May 25 2017
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This is the best author interview program and the best author interviewer. Outstanding.

iTunes Ratings

104 Ratings
Average Ratings
85
9
4
2
4

The best

By lukequinton - Sep 12 2017
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Eleanor Wachtel is one of the best interviewers in the world.

The best

By PatriciaLouise12 - May 25 2017
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This is the best author interview program and the best author interviewer. Outstanding.

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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.

Viet Thanh Nguyen on redefining what it means to be a refugee

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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.

Jul 07 2019

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John le Carré on his legacy as a spy-turned-novelist

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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.

Jun 30 2019

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Master storyteller Rodrigo Rey Rosa on Guatemala, Morocco and his mentor, Paul Bowles

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The celebrated writer talks to Eleanor Wachtel about growing up during Guatemala's civil war, the inspiration he found in Tangier and his new book, Chaos: A Fable.

Oct 27 2019

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Leanne Shapton on what objects tell us about the lives of others

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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.

Sep 15 2019

57mins

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Yiyun Li navigates the loss of a child in her heartbreaking new novel

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The prize-winning author talked to Eleanor Wachtel on stage in Toronto about her new novel, Where Reasons End, written in the months following the suicide of her 16-year-old son.

Oct 20 2019

53mins

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Tessa Hadley tests the fault lines of long married love in Late in the Day

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The British writer talks to Eleanor Wachtel about the subtleties of adult love and friendship in her new novel.

Oct 06 2019

53mins

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Min Jin Lee on the untold story of Koreans in Japan

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

Aug 04 2019

1hr 3mins

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Why George Orwell's 1984 still matters, 70 years since publication

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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.

Sep 08 2019

1hr 1min

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​Fredrik Sjöberg on the art and joy of collecting hoverflies

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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.

Jul 21 2019

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Filmmaker Celine Sciamma on looking, longing and falling in love in Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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A powerful love story between women, the French director's new film was a hit at TIFF 2019. Sciamma spoke to Eleanor Wachtel at the festival.

Sep 22 2019

53mins

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Brazilian novelist Julián Fuks on exile, identity and dictatorship

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The acclaimed author spoke to Eleanor Wachtel about his award-winning novel Resistance, which explores the experience of his family who were forced to flee Argentina's dictatorship.

Dec 08 2019

53mins

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Deborah Levy fuses the personal and political in her mind-bending new novel, The Man Who Saw Everything

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The British writer talked to Eleanor Wachtel onstage in Toronto about her new novel, an enigmatic story about a striking young man that makes startling connections through time and space.

Dec 01 2019

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Anthony McCarten on turning true stories into award-winning movies

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The award-winning screenwriter of Bohemian Rhapsody, Darkest Hour and The Theory of Everything talks to Eleanor Wachtel about his new movie, The Two Popes.

Nov 24 2019

52mins

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Zadie Smith on what keeps her urgently engaged with the world around her

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The critically acclaimed British author joined Eleanor Wachtel onstage in Toronto for an exhilarating conversation about Grand Union, her first collection of short stories.

Nov 17 2019

1hr

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To mark the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Ingo Schulze captures a world in transition

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Raised in the former East Germany, Schulze draws on his own experience of mayhem and transformation at an unexpected historical moment in his novel, New Lives. He shares his thoughts with Eleanor Wachtel in this revisited conversation from 2009.

Nov 10 2019

53mins

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Tash Aw on the dark side of the modern Asian dream

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The Malaysian author spoke to Eleanor Wachtel at the Vancouver Writers Festival about his new book, We, the Survivors, a haunting tale of migration and murder.

Nov 03 2019

57mins

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Master storyteller Rodrigo Rey Rosa on Guatemala, Morocco and his mentor, Paul Bowles

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The celebrated writer talks to Eleanor Wachtel about growing up during Guatemala's civil war, the inspiration he found in Tangier and his new book, Chaos: A Fable.

Oct 27 2019

51mins

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Yiyun Li navigates the loss of a child in her heartbreaking new novel

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The prize-winning author talked to Eleanor Wachtel on stage in Toronto about her new novel, Where Reasons End, written in the months following the suicide of her 16-year-old son.

Oct 20 2019

53mins

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David J. Skal on the enduring appeal of Dracula

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The author of Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man who wrote Dracula spoke to Eleanor Wachtel in 2017 about the origins of Stoker's vampire, and why he still captures our imagination.

Oct 13 2019

52mins

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Tessa Hadley tests the fault lines of long married love in Late in the Day

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The British writer talks to Eleanor Wachtel about the subtleties of adult love and friendship in her new novel.

Oct 06 2019

53mins

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Federico Veiroj mixes deadpan comedy with existential drama in his prize-winning movies

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The Uruguayan filmmaker spoke to Eleanor Wachtel during TIFF 2019, shortly after the world premiere of his new movie, The Moneychanger.

Sep 29 2019

52mins

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Filmmaker Celine Sciamma on looking, longing and falling in love in Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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A powerful love story between women, the French director's new film was a hit at TIFF 2019. Sciamma spoke to Eleanor Wachtel at the festival.

Sep 22 2019

53mins

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Leanne Shapton on what objects tell us about the lives of others

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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.

Sep 15 2019

57mins

Play

Why George Orwell's 1984 still matters, 70 years since publication

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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.

Sep 08 2019

1hr 1min

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Kei Miller maps the intersections of race, class and privilege in Jamaica

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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.

Sep 01 2019

52mins

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Anuradha Roy's elegant, provocative fiction explores power in modern India

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

Aug 25 2019

53mins

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Remembering Toni Morrison: the iconic author reflects on family, race and coping with personal tragedy

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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.

Aug 18 2019

53mins

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The striking works of Anish Kapoor challenge our ideas about art and reality

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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.

Aug 11 2019

51mins

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Min Jin Lee on the untold story of Koreans in Japan

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

Aug 04 2019

1hr 3mins

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Adam Hochschild on learning from dark moments in history

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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.

Jul 28 2019

1hr 1min

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