Writers and Company
John Burnside Podcast01/25/15
Eleanor Wachtel speaks with the Scottish novelist, short story writer, poet and memoirist, John Burnside. Tessa Hadley says of "I Put a Spell on You", "Women need to read this book."
Peter Carey Podcast
Australian-American writer Peter Carey is one of only three writers to have won the Man Booker prize twice. His latest book, "Amnesia" looks at the relationship between his two countries.
Daniel Kehlmann Podcast
Jonathan Franzen says of German-Austrian novelist Daniel Kehlmann, "[He] has become the go-to guy in Central Europe for engagement with the weirdness of the postmodern world we inhabit."
Lore Segal Encore Podcast
Lore Segal's 1964 memoir "Other People's Houses" is a sharp and moving account of her time as a 'Kindertransport' child in England during the war. Last year, at 85, she published a quirky new novel called "Half the Kingdom".
Richard Sennett Encore Podcast
Richard Sennett is a social analyst and writer, with his work falling under the heading 'culture studies'. But this isn't dry stuff - his work is "an elegant mix of interview, anecdote and wide, deep book-research."
Zadie Smith Encore Podcast
Eleanor Wachtel spoke with Zadie Smith, onstage in front of a sold-out audience, at Harbourfront in Toronto. They talked about her new book "NW", set on her home turf in London.
Christos Tsiolkas Podcast
Eleanor speaks with Australian novelist, Christos Tsiolkas. His new book, "Barracuda", is a heart-breaking page-turner of a novel.
Historical Fiction Podcast
Laila Lalami, Valerie Martin and Sarah Waters join Eleanor Wachtel in a lively discussion about delving into the past.
P.D. James Podcast
English crime writer P.D. James passed away this week at the age of 94. Her books were elegantly written, meticulously plotted – and often quite gruesome. Eleanor spoke with her, onstage, fifteen years ago.
Alan Warner Podcast
The Guardian says that novelist Alan Warner is one of Scotland's best. His latest novel, about two young slackers, is called "Their Lips Talk of Mischief".
Marilynne Robinson, Colm Toibin Podcast
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.
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