Writers and Company from CBC Radio

Writers and Company from CBC Radio

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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.

Episodes

Dutch writer Tommy Wieringa on what it means to be "home"  

Dutch novelist Tommy Wieringa is one of the bestselling literary authors in Dutch history. His powerful novel "These Are the Names" explores enduring questions of faith, identity and belonging.

Playwright David Hare on why some opinions are better than others  

Eleanor speaks with English playwright, screenwriter and director Sir David Hare about writing the screenplay for "Denial" - a new film starring Rachel Weisz - and turning the spotlight on his own life in a revealing memoir.

Mohsin Hamid on "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia"  

From 2014, Eleanor speaks with Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid, author of the hit novel, "The Reluctant Fundamentalist". His recent book - "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia" - explores ambition, corruption and the disruptive effects of urbanization.

Malcolm Gladwell on underdogs, outliers, and the power of limitations  

Eleanor's conversation with Malcolm Gladwell, on stage at McGill University in 2013. In his latest book, "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants", Gladwell challenges the way we think about obstacles and disadvantages.

Jamaican novelist Marlon James on writing into a new life  

From 2015, Eleanor's conversation with Marlon James, the first Jamaican ever to win the Man Booker Prize. His novel, "A Brief History of Seven Killings", revolves around​ an assassination attempt on reggae superstar, Bob Marley.

Geoff Dyer on the upside of disappointing travel  

Eleanor welcomes back one of Britain's wittiest and most audacious writers, Geoff Dyer. His latest book — a collection of essays called "White Sands" — is a humorous examination of travel, impermanence, and thwarted expectations.

Geoff Dyer on his "enormous capacity for disappointment"  

Eleanor welcomes back one of Britain's wittiest and most audacious writers, Geoff Dyer. His latest book "White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World" is a humorous examination of travel, discovery... and thwarted expectations.

'You must change your life.' Biographer Rachel Corbett on Rilke and Rodin  

Eleanor speaks with biographer Rachel Corbett about the unlikely - and influential - friendship between German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, and French sculptor Auguste Rodin.

Christopher Kloeble & Francesca Melandri on facing Europe's history - through fiction  

Eleanor speaks with Germany's Christopher Kloeble and Italy's Francesca Melandri onstage at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto. The novelists discuss the effects of history and current political climates on their work... and lives.

Alain Mabanckou on his profound connection to The Republic of Congo — and his mom.  

From the Vancouver Writers Festival, Eleanor speaks with Congolese-French writer, Alain Mabanckou. Imaginative and original, his books are charming explorations of childhood, family and country.

Zadie Smith on dance, Black British identity, and her new novel, 'Swing Time'  

Eleanor speaks with one of fiction's most exciting voices, British novelist Zadie Smith. The beloved author of 'White Teeth' and 'NW' has a new novel, 'Swing Time' - about fame, female friendship, and tap dancing.

Ha Jin on writing in English, and why he can't go back to China  

Eleanor speaks with Chinese-American writer, Ha Jin. Winner of the National Book Award and the Pen-Faulkner Prize, Jin talks about his new novel, "The Boat Rocker"; writing in English; and why he's not able to return to China.

Sharon Olds at Vancouver Writers Fest  

Eleanor speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds, on stage at the 2016 Vancouver Writers Festival. Olds is known for her intensely personal, emotionally scathing verse. Her new book, "Odes", is a celebration of the ordinary.

Fredrik Sjöberg Interview  

Eleanor speaks with Swedish naturalist and cultural critic, Fredrik Sjöberg. His delightful, three-volume memoir about collecting hoverflies received a 2016 "Ig Nobel" Prize - awarded to unusual achievements that make people laugh... then think.

Christopher Ricks on Bob Dylan  

A look at the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. Eleanor speaks with one of England's foremost critics, Christopher Ricks, on the man he regards as "the greatest living user of the English language."

Lee Smith Interview  

From the Appalachian South and the mountains of Virginia, American author Lee Smith. Her latest novel was inspired by Zelda Fitzgerald. And she has a new memoir, “Dimestore" - about the people and places that inspired her fiction.

Viet Thanh Nguyen Podcast  

Eleanor speaks with Vietnamese-American author Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for his debut novel, "The Sympathizer." Viet talks about his family's harrowing escape from Saigon, and how his dual identity influences his life and work.

Alice Oswald Podcast  

Eleanor speaks with one of England’s greatest living poets, Alice Oswald, about combining her love of classics with her love of the natural world, and about her new book, "Falling Awake" - a finalist for the 2016 Forward Prize for Poetry.

Colson Whitehead Podcast  

What if the Underground Railroad really was a network of secret trains that brought runaway slaves to freedom? That's the premise of Colson Whitehead's acclaimed novel, "The Underground Railroad." He speaks with Eleanor about blending fact and fiction.

Karan Mahajan Podcast  

On the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11, Eleanor speaks with novelist Karan Mahajan about his powerful book, "The Association of Small Bombs." Centered around a bomb attack in a New Delhi market, the novel explores grief, politics and terrorism.

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