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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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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.

    Adam Foulds on celebrity, solitude and the madness of desire

    Adam Foulds on celebrity, solitude and the madness of desire

    The award-winning British author, now living in Toronto, speaks to Eleanor about his his wide-ranging fiction and poetry

    • 52 min
    George Steiner on morality, his love of books and the marvels of language

    George Steiner on morality, his love of books and the marvels of language

    The brilliant literary critic, writer and thinker talked to Eleanor Wachtel in 1995 about the power of human speech. Steiner died on Feb. 3, 2020, at the age of 90.

    • 53 min
    Sarah Broom on family bonds and the meaning of home in her award-winning memoir, The Yellow House

    Sarah Broom on family bonds and the meaning of home in her award-winning memoir, The Yellow House

    The youngest of twelve children, and raised by her widowed mother, Sarah Broom grew up in the challenging neighbourhood of New Orleans East. She writes about her upbringing, her home and the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina on her community.

    • 57 min
    Susan Choi's Trust Exercise is an intense coming-of-age story — with a surprising twist

    Susan Choi's Trust Exercise is an intense coming-of-age story — with a surprising twist

    Winner of the 2019 National Book Award, Trust Exercise is a timely exploration of sexual politics, fiction and truth. Choi talks to Eleanor Wachtel about the novel, and about exploring the experiences of Asian-American characters in her work.

    • 59 min
    Bernardine Evaristo on black British identity and her Booker-winning novel, Girl, Woman, Other

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

    The co-winner of the 2019 Man Booker Prize talks to Eleanor Wachtel about her ambitious novel, and about growing up in a large, mixed-race family in London in the 1960s and '70s.

    • 56 min
    How Laura Cumming unearthed the truth about her mother's kidnapping, 90 years later

    How Laura Cumming unearthed the truth about her mother's kidnapping, 90 years later

    Art critic Laura Cumming spoke to Eleanor Wachtel about her latest book, Five Days Gone, an investigation into her mother's disappearance as a child in 1929.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

JBrookeC ,

My favourite programme and interviewer!

Another fascinating interview by Eleanor. I’ve listened to Writers & Company for years (20 +?), and have never been disappointed. I appreciate the eloquence, empathy, curiosity and knowledge consistently demonstrated in Eleanor’s programme. Thanks for introducing me to so many writers and their works throughout the years.

vankormor ,

A national treasure

The program defines the best of Canadian cultural values and dedication to an exploration of ideas and literary accomplishment. Wachtel is brilliant as an interviewer, able to bring the authors to conclusions and connections they have never considered.this adds a freshness and sense of adventure for the listeners. Fabulous and many thanks.

Christine St. Peter ,

Christine St. Peter

Best podcast ever. Eleanor is so brilliant what she does. A national treasure.

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