Writers and Company
Marilynne Robinson, Colm Toibin Podcast11/16/14
This week, a lively and entertaining conversation from the International Festival of Authors with two wonderful writers - Marilynne Robinson and Colm Toibin.
Julia Franck Podcast
Julia Franck was 18 when the Berlin Wall came down - 25 years ago - on November 9, 1989. Born in the East, and raised mostly in the West, her life and her writing embody the divide between the two cultures.
Tim Winton Podcast
Australian novelist Tim Winton has officially been named a "Living Treasure" by the country's national trust. His latest novel focuses on Western Australia's resource and mining boom, and its effect on the country and its people.
Pat Barker Podcast
Eleanor Wachtel speaks to Pat Barker about her 'Regeneration' trilogy. It was named one of the 10 best historical novels of all time, and is an unflinching look at the First World War.
Elizabeth Jane Howard Podcast
English novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard was famous for the "Cazalet Chronicle" and a dozen other books. She was also married to Kingsley Amis and was Martin Amis's wicked (as in good) step-mother. She died last January.
Martin Amis Podcast
British novelist Martin Amis has been extremely controversial in his lifetime, and has been described as a master of "the new unpleasantness". His most recent novel is called "The Zone of Interest".
Ali Smith Podcast
Scottish writer Ali Smith said "that it is the duty of both readers and writers to 'be as open as a book, and alive to the life in language'" Her dazzling new novel, "How to Be Both" has landed her a third short-listing for the Man Booker prize.
Jesmyn Ward Podcast
Jesmyn Ward's novel"Salvage the Bones" won the National Book Award in 2011. And her memoir, "Men We Reaped" is about the deaths of five black men, including her own brother.
Daniel Alarcon Podcast
Peruvian-American novelist Daniel Alarcon is described as a writer who thrives in two cultures: “I’m an American writer writing about Latin America, and I’m a Latin American writer who happens to write in English.”
Kamila Shamsie Podcast
This week, Kamila Shamsie. Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, she now lives in London. Last year she was named one of Granta Magazine's Best Young Novelists.
A.M. Homes Podcast
This week, Eleanor speaks with the darkly funny A.M. Homes. She turns the American Dream upside down in her prize-winning novel, "May We Be Forgiven".
Ian McEwan Podcast
Eleanor speaks with one of England's leading novelists, Ian McEwan, about his latest book, "Sweet Tooth".
Ingo Schulze Podcast
This coming November marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Eleanor speaks with Ingo Schulze about life in post-unification Germany.
Colm Toibin Podcast
Irish writer Colm Toibin was the 2013 grand prize winner at the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival in Montreal. His latest, "The Testament of Mary", takes place twenty years after Jesus's death.
Alexis Wright Podcast
Eleanor spoke with Alexis Wright when she was in Australia for a special series. Wright's novel, "Carpentaria", is described as The Great Australian Novel.
Khushwant Singh Podcast
The wonderfully entertaining Khushwant Singh had at least seven different careers. Fortunately for us, one of them was 'novelist'. He died last March at 99 years old.
Ben Lerner Podcast
Formerly a successful (but obscure) poet, Ben Lerner's first novel garnered a lot of attention, and a lot of praise.
Nadine Gordimer Podcast
South African writer Nadine Gordimer has died, aged 90. Eleanor spoke with her on two occasions, once in 1991 and once in 2000. This week we give you both those conversations.
Louise Erdrich Podcast
Eleanor spoke with Louise Erdrich, onstage, in front of a packed house at Harbourfront in Toronto.
John Lanchester Podcast
English journalist and novelist John Lanchester's book, "Capital", is a wonderfully Dickensian take on the 2008 financial crisis.
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