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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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Canada, ON

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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.

Twitter:

@CBCradio

Language:

English

Contact:

Writers & Company CBC Radio Arts and Entertainment P.O. Box 500, Station A Toronto, ON M5W 1E6 (416) 205-6631


Episodes

M. Leona Godin on the metaphor and reality of blindness, in literature and in life

9/26/2021
M. Leona Godin is a writer and performer who is blind. In her new book There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness, she examines the theme of sight and sightlessness in great works from the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex, to Shakespeare’s King Lear, to Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Godin talks to Eleanor about how the actual experience of blindness is too often misunderstood or misrepresented.

Duration:00:56:56

Laurent Binet turns the tables on European history in his boldly imagined new book, Civilizations

9/19/2021
One of France's most celebrated contemporary writers, Binet's new novel goes back 500 years and imagines the Incas and Aztecs taking over Europe. He talks to Eleanor about reversing history and blurring the boundaries between truth and fiction.

Duration:00:53:43

In China Room, Sunjeev Sahota reimagines a family legend

9/12/2021
Inspired by a story about his great-grandmother, the British writer's evocative new novel, which is longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize, explores themes of belonging, oppression and the pursuit of freedom as it alternates between 1929 India and 1999 Britain.

Duration:00:55:44

Zadie Smith, Caryl Phillips and Aleksandar Hemon on their lives as readers and writers

9/5/2021
To wrap up our 30th anniversary celebrations, Eleanor revisits Writers & Company's 25th anniversary special with Aleksandar Hemon, Caryl Phillips and Zadie Smith at the Toronto International Festival of Authors in 2015.

Duration:01:02:57

Leanne Shapton on what objects tell us about the lives of others

8/29/2021
From 2019, Eleanor speaks with Canadian artist and author Leanne Shapton: from her prize-winning memoir about competitive swimming, to her evocative book, Guestbook: Ghost Stories, a collection of 33 short stories that revolve around the power of objects and ghosts.

Duration:00:58:42

From The Piano to Bright Star, filmmaker Jane Campion explores the power of female sexuality

8/22/2021
The Oscar-winning writer and director talked to Eleanor in 2009 about Bright Star, her movie about the 19th-century Romantic poet John Keats and his young neighbour, Fanny Brawne.

Duration:00:53:42

A vision of the world through the lens of Taryn Simon: probing the uncertainty of memory and truth

8/15/2021
In this conversation from 2013, the American photographer and conceptual artist talked to Eleanor about mixing camerawork, writing and graphic design to raise questions about truth and certainty.

Duration:00:55:02

Bernardine Evaristo on Black British identity and her Booker-winning novel, Girl, Woman, Other

8/8/2021
In this conversation from January 2020, the award-winning British author spoke with Eleanor about amplifying the voices of marginalized people through literature.

Duration:00:57:56

Nordic superstar Olafur Eliasson fuses art and nature to explore pressing contemporary issues

8/1/2021
Icelandic Danish artist Olafur Eliasson famously brought the sun to London’s Tate Modern Museum and giant waterfalls to the heart of NYC. In this conversation from 2012, he talks to Eleanor about crafting three-dimensional spaces that awaken a sense of wonder and political empowerment.

Duration:00:52:52

Jericho Brown's prize-winning poetry speaks with power and urgency about racism and violence

7/25/2021
In this 2020 interview, the American poet and Pulitzer Prize winner spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about his poetry collection The Tradition, the legacy of racial violence and hopes of finding justice in an unjust world.

Duration:00:55:00

Chan Koonchung's dystopian novel The Fat Years imagines state-engineered amnesia in China

7/18/2021
Eleanor speaks to the author of the controversial 2012 novel, which follows a group of friends investigating a mysterious amnesia that takes over China.

Duration:00:54:21

Witi Ihimaera and Ali Cobby Eckermann on the power of Indigenous storytelling

7/11/2021
Eleanor speaks with the first Maori novelist, whose magical story The Whale Rider was a hit movie. And, the award-winning Aboriginal Australian writer, whose powerful poetry and memoir explore her history as part of Australia’s Stolen Generation.

Duration:00:59:43

The legendary Christopher Plummer: from Shakespeare to The Sound of Music to Knives Out

7/4/2021
The late, great Canadian actor talks to Eleanor Wachtel about the beginnings--and highlights--of his remarkable career, which spanned nearly seven decades

Duration:00:54:43

From Gertrude Stein to true crime, acclaimed journalist Janet Malcolm followed her curiosity

6/27/2021
Eleanor Wachtel's 2008 conversation with the late and long-time New Yorker writer - one of the most provocative voices in journalism.

Duration:00:56:00

Rivka Galchen’s reimagining of a 17th century witch trial is a story that speaks to our time

6/20/2021
The Canadian-born American novelist talks about magic and science and her new book about the real-life witch trial of the mother of 17th century astronomer Johannes Kepler.

Duration:00:53:43

Bosnian writer Semezdin Mehmedinovic on the trauma of war and the power of love

6/13/2021
Semezdin Mehmedinovic talks to Eleanor Wachtel about how a near fatal heart attack inspired his newest novel, My Heart, and how surviving the Bosnian War inspired his celebrated book, Sarajevo Blues.

Duration:00:53:20

Remembering Leonard Cohen: biographer Sylvie Simmons on Montreal's beloved poet

6/6/2021
As part of Montreal's celebrations to honour the life of Leonard Cohen in 2017, Eleanor spoke to Sylvie Simmons about her biography I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen. Cohen's posthumous album, Thanks for the Dance, is nominated for a 2021 Juno Award.

Duration:01:00:51

In her prizewinning fiction, Sigrid Nunez deals with life — and death — with empathy and wit

5/30/2021
The American novelist talks to Eleanor Wachtel about her latest book, What Are You Going Through, which explores love, friendship, death, grief and art in surprising and moving ways.

Duration:01:03:12

Dante's Inferno: Why The Divine Comedy still captivates readers, 700 years later

5/23/2021
To mark the 700th anniversary of the death of Italy's most influential poet, Eleanor's conversation with Dante scholar John Freccero about why The Divine Comedy is up there with Shakespeare and the Bible.

Duration:00:53:45

Charles Yu's Interior Chinatown looks at anti-Asian racism through the eyes of a Hollywood actor

5/16/2021
The American television and fiction writer discusses his latest novel, winner of the 2020 U.S. National Book Award, an entertaining story about representation, identity and the pursuit of a leading role.

Duration:00:55:05