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.
Quiara Alegria Hudes on her journey to writing the hit musical In the Heights
Pulitzer Prize-winner Quiara Alegria Hudes is best known for her collaboration with Lin-Manuel Miranda to create the popular musical and feature film, In the Heights. In her new memoir, My Broken Language, she explores the intersection of identity and language, in relation to home.
U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo pays homage to art and ancestors in her new memoir, Poet Warrior
A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Joy Harjo's work is a powerful mix of the spiritual and political. In Poet Warrior, she reflects on both the joys and harsh realities of her early life and how she found refuge in poetry, music and art.
Damon Galgut probes South Africa’s troubled history in his Booker Prize winner, The Promise
South African writer Damon Galgut follows a white Pretoria family through the dismantling of Apartheid in his 2021 Booker Prize-winning novel, The Promise. It was praised by the judges as "a spectacular demonstration of how the novel can make us see and think afresh."
Sarah Broom on family bonds and the meaning of home in her award-winning memoir, The Yellow House
In her National Book Award-winning memoir, Sarah Broom explores the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans in 2005, putting her mother's house at the centre of her story. She joined Eleanor for this conversation in 2020.
Tash Aw on the dark side of the modern Asian dream
The Paris-based author returned to his native Malaysia to tell a haunting tale of migration and murder in his most recent novel, We, The Survivors. Tash Aw spoke to Eleanor onstage at the Vancouver Writers Festival in 2019.
Michelle de Kretser probes the human heart with insight and wit in her novel, The Life to Come
The Sri Lankan-born Australian author writes with fierce intelligence about race, class and immigration in her multi-award-winning novel, The Life to Come. She joined Eleanor in 2019 for this conversation.