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.
Writer and critic Matthew Beaumont spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about tracing the footsteps of literary authors in his new book, The Walker: On Finding and Losing Yourself in the Modern City.
To celebrate Writers & Company's 30th anniversary, Eleanor revisits some of the best interviews from season one: Alice Munro, A.S. Byatt, J.M. Coetzee, Wole Soyinka and Eduardo Galeano.
The bestselling American author joins Eleanor Wachtel to discuss her new novel, The Vanishing Half, which revolves around identical twin sisters who live out different racial identities.
The Iranian American author speaks with Eleanor Wachtel about her new novel, Man of My Time, which spans 40 years of turbulence — both in Iran and in the heart of its protagonist.
The provocative British writer talks to Eleanor Wachtel about his new book, Inside Story, which reflects on the significant men in his life, including his father Kingsley, his mentor Saul Bellow, and his closest friend, writer and critic Christopher Hitchens.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and novelist spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about his deeply personal new book, which explores the American dream through the story of his Pakistani immigrant parents.
The Pulitzer Prize-winner talked to Eleanor Wachtel about Memorial Drive, her memoir that engages with the trauma of her mother's murder by an abusive ex-husband. Warning: this interview includes details of violence.
2020 marks the 30th anniversary of Writers & Company. Since we can't celebrate in person, Eleanor revisits the 20th anniversary special with four writers in conversation in Toronto in 2010.
The Pakistani writer spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about growing up as part of the Bhutto dynasty, her family's painful legacy, and her new novel, The Runaways.
The Indian filmmaker spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about her screen adaptation of Vikram Seth's bestselling novel. The series was the closing night presentation at TIFF 2020.
The latest book from the bestselling author is an insightful and moving essay collection exploring ideas and questions prompted by this time of social isolation.
Eleanor Wachtel speaks with Maggie O’Farrell, winner of the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel, Hamnet & Judith.
The American author talked to Eleanor in 2004 about her novel Bel Canto and her memoir Truth and Beauty, a moving reflection on her friendship with poet Lucy Grealy.
The award-winning British author spoke with Eleanor in 2010 about her novels Trespass and The Road Home.
The influential Nigerian author talked to Eleanor in 2009 about her short story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck, and her award-winning novel, Half of a Yellow Sun.
The Scottish author spoke with Eleanor in 2014 about her award-winning novel, which explores the lives of two young people: a 15th-century Renaissance painter and a 21st-century Cambridge teenager.
To kick off a series celebrating the 25th anniversary of the U.K. Women's Prize for Fiction, Eleanor revisits her 1997 conversation with Carol Shields, on her prize-winning novel Larry's Party.
To mark the anniversary of the birth of P.D. James, Eleanor revisits her 2000 conversation with the late British author of the Adam Dalgleish crime series. James died on Nov. 27, 2014, at age 94.
The iconic German director spoke to Eleanor Wachtel in 2011 about choreographer Pina Bausch — and how his encounter with her and her work changed his life.
The gifted soprano spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about her life and work on stage in Toronto in early 2019. Norman died on Sept. 30, 2019.
Speaking to Eleanor in 2010, the influential graphic designer shared stories behind his famous creations, from I Love NY to his Bob Dylan poster. Glaser died on June 26, 2020, his 91st birthday.
The author of Lost in Translation and After Such Knowledge talked to Eleanor in 2010 about her experience of emigrating from post-war Poland to suburban Vancouver, and retracing her family's Holocaust history.
The Vietnamese American writer spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about the meaning of food in her life and work, and why she writes about characters in the margins of history.
The English director, producer and screenwriter shares stories and insights from his award-winning career that spans 50 years.
On the 150th anniversary of Dickens's death, Eleanor revisits her 2011 conversation with British biographer Claire Tomalin.
The winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry talks to Eleanor Wachtel about the legacy of racial injustice and his award-winning collection, The Tradition.