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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.

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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Nuala O'Faolain on going from nobody to somebody, maybe

The wonderfully funny Irish journalist was best known for her candid memoir Are You Somebody? — about a woman who enjoyed career success but found herself lonely and insecure in her 50s. O'Faolain spoke to Eleanor on stage in Victoria in 2003. She died in 2008.


Alison Bechdel tackles the world of fitness in her new graphic memoir, The Secret to Superhuman Strength

The award-winning American cartoonist talks to Eleanor about her new book — a smart, quirky and deeply personal exploration of her lifelong love of exercise and how it intersects with her creativity.


Polish poet Adam Zagajewski: an urgent, eloquent voice wrestling with history and conscience

A leading writer of his generation, part of the Polish New Wave of poets, Zagajewski died on March 21, 2021, aged 75. He spoke with Eleanor Wachtel in 2005.


Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro on the emotional power of storytelling in a high-tech world

The acclaimed author joins Eleanor Wachtel to discuss his bestselling new novel, Klara and the Sun, an imaginative exploration of love, artificial intelligence and what it means to be human.


In Dostoevsky in Love, Alex Christofi captures the tortured brilliance of the great Russian writer

To mark the bicentenary of the birth of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Eleanor speaks to British writer and editor Alex Christofi. His compelling new book takes a creative approach to the eventful and often tragic life of the Russian writer.


'In the Field' with Khushwant Singh, Mandla Langa, Tayeb Salih and Alexis Wright

Writers & Company presents highlights from some of the many timely and topical special series recorded on location, with writers from India, South Africa, Sudan and Australia.


Florian Zeller explores family, memory, love and loss in his Oscar-nominated drama, The Father

The celebrated French novelist and playwright talks to Eleanor Wachtel about adapting his stage play for the screen. Starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman, The Father is nominated for six Academy Awards.


Behind the scenes of a life in literature: Michael Ondaatje interviews Eleanor Wachtel

Eleanor Wachtel is the guest on her own program in this special onstage event with Michael Ondaatje, who interviews Wachtel about her life and career. Recorded in Toronto in 2010.


Lydia Millet's novel A Children's Bible is an imaginative reckoning with climate change

A prophetic story imbued with wit and urgency, the latest book from the American novelist was inspired by the passion of young climate activists. Millet speaks with Eleanor Wachtel about why she welcomes their anger.


Ben Macintyre tells the fascinating true story of the only woman to become a top Soviet spy

The British writer and journalist captures the high-stakes world of espionage in his bestselling nonfiction thrillers. His latest book, Agent Sonya: Moscow's Most Daring Wartime Spy, centres on a German communist who flew under the radar as a housewife and mother of three in the almost exclusively male world of espionage.


Catherine Lacey imagines a character without race or gender in her latest novel, Pew

The American novelist and short story writer talked to Eleanor Wachtel about growing up in Mississippi and her new novel, Pew, about a mysterious stranger who makes a big impact on a small town in the American South.


Veep creator Armando Iannucci finds the comic in the absurd, from The Death of Stalin to David Copperfield

The Scottish writer and director spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about Charles Dickens, finding truth in satire, and his latest movie, The Personal History of David Copperfield.


For Valentine's Day, six writers on love, sex, passion and desire — in life and literature

In 2001, Eleanor Wachtel was joined by Ian McEwan, A.L. Kennedy, Clare Boylan, Rosemary Sullivan, Shyam Selvadurai and Esta Spalding to talk about romance and writing.


Adrian Tomine on The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist — and finding solace in storytelling

The acclaimed cartoonist and illustrator talks to Eleanor Wachtel about his latest book, a graphic memoir that explores his childhood and considers how solitude has shaped his life.


Margot Livesey on The Boy in the Field and the presence of ghosts in her fiction — and in her life

The bestselling author of Eva Moves the Furniture and The House on Fortune Street talks to Eleanor Wachtel about her new novel, and about reimagining the life of her mother — and her fabled connection to the supernatural.


Original Minds: Jane Goodall, Oliver Sacks, Amartya Sen, Jane Jacobs and Desmond Tutu

In celebration of Writers & Company’s 30th anniversary, we present some of the best interviews from the special series Original Minds — five inspiring people whose work has made a difference to how we see the world.


Travels with Graham Greene — the remarkable life and times of a master storyteller

Biographer, poet and editor Richard Greene talks to Eleanor Wachtel about his new book, The Unquiet Englishman: A Life of Graham Greene.


Wayétu Moore tells the story of Liberia through her family’s escape from its devastating civil war

In her memoir, The Dragons, The Giant, The Women, Liberian American writer Wayétu Moore explores the impact of civil war on her birth country, her family, and in her own life.


Indigenous filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin on her legendary career and the power of storytelling

The Abenaki artist, activist and documentary filmmaker was awarded the 2020 Glenn Gould Prize for her lifetime contribution to the arts. She spoke with Eleanor Wachtel at her home in Montreal in 2008.


Amitav Ghosh pursues adventure across the Indian Ocean in Sea of Poppies

High-seas adventure, South Asian migrations and the 19th-century opium trade are the inspiration for Amitav Ghosh’s epic Ibis trilogy. He joined Eleanor Wachtel onstage in Toronto in 2008 to discuss the first novel in the series.