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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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    • 4.6 • 579 Ratings

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.

    From Norse sagas to family sagas — Roy Jacobsen spins a moving tale of life on a Norwegian island

    From Norse sagas to family sagas — Roy Jacobsen spins a moving tale of life on a Norwegian island

    Roy Jacobsen, one of Norway's most celebrated contemporary writers, talks about his novel The Unseen, the first in a series that follows a strong young woman's coming-of-age on a remote island through times of war and loss.

    • 51 min
    In his new novel, Crossroads, Jonathan Franzen explores crises of faith and family in 1970s America

    In his new novel, Crossroads, Jonathan Franzen explores crises of faith and family in 1970s America

    The bestselling novelist and essayist joined Eleanor Wachtel to talk about the inspiration for his blockbuster new book, which revolves around a pastor and his family of six in 1970s Illinois.

    • 55 min
    The art of writing memoir with Vivian Gornick, Kathryn Harrison and Ferdinand Mount

    The art of writing memoir with Vivian Gornick, Kathryn Harrison and Ferdinand Mount

    In this conversation from 2016, Eleanor talks to three very different writers about the art of the memoir — What to tell? Who to implicate? And how to deal with the consequences.

    • 53 min
    Myriam Chancy’s powerful new novel explores the tragedy of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti

    Myriam Chancy’s powerful new novel explores the tragedy of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti

    Novelist Myriam Chancy talks to Eleanor Wachtel about her new book, What Storm, What Thunder. Multilayered and lyrical, it features a variety of inter-connected characters, each with a moving story.

    • 52 min
    In Bewilderment, Richard Powers explores the climate crisis, life in space, and the love of a father and son

    In Bewilderment, Richard Powers explores the climate crisis, life in space, and the love of a father and son

    Powers spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about his passion for writing novels that explore our relationship with the natural world. His new novel, Bewilderment, is a finalist for the 2021 Booker Prize. This conversation is presented in partnership with the Vancouver Writers Fest and the Toronto International Festival of Authors.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Mia Hansen-Love’s new movie, Bergman Island, is an intimate homage to the great Swedish director

    Mia Hansen-Love’s new movie, Bergman Island, is an intimate homage to the great Swedish director

    The French writer and director talks to Eleanor Wachtel about her latest work, which centres on a couple, both filmmakers, who retreat to Faro island in the Baltic Sea to find inspiration in the place where the legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman shot his most celebrated films.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
579 Ratings

579 Ratings

JM-UOT ,

Interviews at their best

My bookshelves are full of writers I have discovered listening to Eleanor. Every week I wait for her new show with anticipation of discovering yet more new writers. The show is beautifully paced, Eleanor, never intrusive, sweeps the show along in her gentle tones allowing a sense of intimate conversation. Such a pleasure, thank you CBC and thank you Eleanor

hplavins ,

No Mississippi accent here!

I enjoyed this interview immensely. The author is forthright and plain speaking. Her prose are most likely the same. Her lack of a southern accent was startling.

Bravo! to a 35 year old woman who is not censored in anyway. The interview was driven with powerful questions by E Wachtel. She brings out the very quirkiest and fun facts. Eleanor Wachtel is a national treasure.

GenousJohn6 ,

Eleanor is the Best

The interest and work that goes into these interviews is unsurpassed.Opens up an entire unlimited world of interests and ideas to listeners. Canadians are so lucky to have Writers and Company. Thank You CBC !

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