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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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The author of These Fevered Days, Martha Ackmann explores how Dickinson wrote impassioned poetry from a life of solitude and seclusion.
The acclaimed Flemish author talks to Eleanor about The Convert, a love story between a young Christian woman and a Jewish student amid the chaos and terror of the First Crusade.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet spoke with Eleanor Wachtel in 2016 about her collection Odes — a celebration of the ordinary.
The Zimbabwean author spoke to Eleanor Wachtel about her novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light, which re-imagines the 19th-century explorer and missionary David Livingstone through the eyes of his many African companions.
The two-time Booker Prize winner talks to Eleanor Wachtel about concluding her chronicle of Thomas Cromwell in the court of King Henry VIII.
Francesca Wade speaks with Eleanor Wachtel about her acclaimed book, Square Haunting, which looks into the lives of groundbreaking women writers who all lived in London's Mecklenburgh Square during and between the world wars.
The former restaurant critic of The New York Times spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about the many aliases she assumed in order to dine anonymously.
The award-winning translator tells her own remarkable story in her memoir, Homesick — a poignant exploration of language, sisterhood and her struggle with depression.
The literary critic discusses why Nobel Prize laureate Bob Dylan deserves to be included among the greatest writers of all time.
The Russian-American author and journalist talks to Eleanor Wachtel about politics, sexual identity and receiving an apology from Vladimir Putin.
In her new novel, The Shadow King, the Ethiopian-American author draws on surprising discoveries about the role of women during Italy's 1935 invasion of Ethiopia.
Ratmansky talked to Eleanor Wachtel about his new work, Of Love and Rage, and creating Romeo and Juliet for the National Ballet of Canada.
The author of the hit novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit spoke to Eleanor Wachtel in 2012 about her memoir, Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?
The award-winning cartoonist speaks to Eleanor Wachtel about his latest book, Rusty Brown, and the childhood experiences that helped shape his career.
Matar's Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, The Return, is about his return to his native Libya to search for the truth behind the disappearance of his father, a prominent political dissident of the Gaddafi regime. Now Matar has written a new book - A Month in Siena - about a more recent journey and a meditation on the relationship between history and art, grief and consolation. Matar joins Eleanor to talk about his new book and his life.
The award-winning British author, now living in Toronto, speaks to Eleanor about his his wide-ranging fiction and poetry
The brilliant literary critic, writer and thinker talked to Eleanor Wachtel in 1995 about the power of human speech. Steiner died on Feb. 3, 2020, at the age of 90.
The youngest of twelve children, and raised by her widowed mother, Sarah Broom grew up in the challenging neighbourhood of New Orleans East. She writes about her upbringing, her home and the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina on her community.
Winner of the 2019 National Book Award, Trust Exercise is a timely exploration of sexual politics, fiction and truth. Choi talks to Eleanor Wachtel about the novel, and about exploring the experiences of Asian-American characters in her work.
The co-winner of the 2019 Man Booker Prize talks to Eleanor Wachtel about her ambitious novel, and about growing up in a large, mixed-race family in London in the 1960s and '70s.
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Peter MacRaild

Why would you consort with Niall Ferguson, Eleanor?

Jun 14th
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Glory Dey

Nice Interview, Enjoyed The Episode, Fascinating Insight Into The Author's Life And Work! I Love All The Jack Reacher Books! Interesting To Understand The Author's Psyche About His Life & Writings! Cheers!

Oct 31st
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