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.
Laurent Binet turns the tables on European history in his boldly imagined new book, Civilizations
One of France's most celebrated contemporary writers, Binet's new novel goes back 500 years and imagines the Incas and Aztecs taking over Europe. He talks to Eleanor about reversing history and blurring the boundaries between truth and fiction.
In China Room, Sunjeev Sahota reimagines a family legend
Inspired by a story about his great-grandmother, the British writer's evocative new novel, which is longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize, explores themes of belonging, oppression and the pursuit of freedom as it alternates between 1929 India and 1999 Britain.
Zadie Smith, Caryl Phillips and Aleksandar Hemon on their lives as readers and writers
To wrap up our 30th anniversary celebrations, Eleanor revisits Writers & Company's 25th anniversary special with Aleksandar Hemon, Caryl Phillips and Zadie Smith at the Toronto International Festival of Authors in 2015.
Leanne Shapton on what objects tell us about the lives of others
From 2019, Eleanor speaks with Canadian artist and author Leanne Shapton: from her prize-winning memoir about competitive swimming, to her evocative book, Guestbook: Ghost Stories, a collection of 33 short stories that revolve around the power of objects and ghosts.
From The Piano to Bright Star, filmmaker Jane Campion explores the power of female sexuality
The Oscar-winning writer and director talked to Eleanor in 2009 about Bright Star, her movie about the 19th-century Romantic poet John Keats and his young neighbour, Fanny Brawne.
A vision of the world through the lens of Taryn Simon: probing the uncertainty of memory and truth
In this conversation from 2013, the American photographer and conceptual artist talked to Eleanor about mixing camerawork, writing and graphic design to raise questions about truth and certainty.
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