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

Patricia Grace on telling the stories of New Zealand's Indigenous people  

In this conversation from 2003, Eleanor talks to Patricia Grace — one of New Zealand's most celebrated Maori writers.

Edward Said's ideas about power and identity still resonate today  

Eleanor spoke with Edward Said, the eminent literary and cultural critic, in 1993. The author of "Orientalism" and "Culture and Imperialism" discusses Western attitudes toward the East, and explores the connection between politics and literature.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on why she can't stay silent  

Nigerian-American author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spoke to Eleanor in 2009 about her Orange Prize-winning novel "Half of a Yellow Sun", her story collection "The Thing Around Your Neck", and how Nigeria's civil war continues to haunt her life and fiction.

How Canada made Michael Ondaatje a writer  

In this conversation from 1998, Eleanor talks to Canadian literary master Michael Ondaatje - author of "The English Patient" - about "Handwriting," a collection of poems about loss, landscape and the power of history in Sri Lanka.

Arundhati Roy on love, war and the fragility of happiness  

Indian writer and activist Arundhati Roy joins Eleanor to discuss "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness", the long-awaited second novel from the author of the Booker Prize winner, "The God of Small Things".

Sherman Alexie on his bittersweet relationship with his mother  

Eleanor speaks with Native American writer Sherman Alexie about his memoir, "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me." The book focuses on his complicated relationship with his mother, and his difficult upbringing on a Spokane reservation in Washington state.

Naturalist Charles Foster says living like a badger helped him understand humans  

Eleanor speaks with English writer, professor, veterinarian and barrister, Charles Foster. His latest book, "Being a Beast", is a quest to see the world through the senses of five different animal species.

British novelist Rose Tremain on love, heroism and the Swiss soul  

Eleanor speaks with Orange Prize-winning author Rose Tremain about her latest novel, "The Gustav Sonata" — an exploration of political and personal neutrality set in Switzerland before and after the Second World War.

Novelist Tayeb Salih on culture and conflict in the Sudan  

From 2002, Eleanor's conversation with the late Sudanese novelist Tayeb Salih, one of the foremost writers of the Arab world. His 1967 novel "Season of Migration to the North" has been called the most important Arabic novel of the 20th Century.

Helen Macdonald on grief, dreams and birds of prey  

Eleanor speaks with England's Helen Macdonald about her best-selling memoir, "H is for Hawk". In this interview from 2015, Macdonald discusses how she dealt with her father's sudden death by training a goshawk — the fiercest, wildest bird of prey.

Voice and identity in America: Francisco Goldman, Imbolo Mbue and David Treuer  

Francisco Goldman, Imbolo Mbue and David Treuer reflect on cultural collision in the United States. Eleanor sat down with the three prize-winning writers on stage at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival in Montreal.

Anita Desai - winner of the 2017 Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival's Grand Prix  

In front of a live audience in Montreal, at the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, Eleanor speaks with the festival's Grand Prix winner, Anita Desai, about her life and the award-winning books she's written over more than fifty years.

Paula Fox on tackling the book of her own life  

A look back at Eleanor's conversation with American novelist and children's book author Paula Fox from 2002. Paula Fox died last month at age 93. In this interview, she discusses her memoir, "Borrowed Finery".

Paula Fox on tackling the book of her own life  

A look back at Eleanor's conversation with American novelist and children's book author Paula Fox from 2002. Paula Fox died last month at age 93. In this interview, she discusses her memoir, "Borrowed Finery".

George Saunders on love, war, and the American presidency  

Eleanor sits down with American writer George Saunders onstage at the Toronto Reference Library. The master of the short story talks about writing his first novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo", which unfolds in a graveyard over a single night in 1862.

George Saunders on love, war, and the American presidency  

Eleanor sits down with American writer George Saunders onstage at the Toronto Reference Library. The master of the short story talks about writing his first novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo", which unfolds in a graveyard over a single night in 1862.

Nobel laureate Derek Walcott on voice, place, and finding home  

Eleanor Wachtel's 2006 conversation with the Nobel Prize-winning poet Derek Walcott, who died in March at the age of 87. Walcott was known for poetry that bridged cultures and traditions, making links between his Caribbean and European heritage.

Nobel laureate Derek Walcott on voice, place, and finding home  

Eleanor Wachtel's 2006 conversation with the Nobel Prize-winning poet Derek Walcott, who died in March at the age of 87. Walcott was known for poetry that bridged cultures and traditions, making links between his Caribbean and European heritage.

Robert Lepage revisits his childhood during Quebec's cultural revolution  

Eleanor speaks with Canadian theatre visionary, Robert Lepage. World-renowned for his highly innovative, multimedia productions, his latest work, "887", explores childhood memories in a divided Quebec.

Robert Lepage revisits his childhood during Quebec's cultural revolution  

Eleanor speaks with Canadian theatre visionary, Robert Lepage. World-renowned for his highly innovative, multimedia productions, his latest work, "887", explores childhood memories in a divided Quebec.

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