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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 • 161 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.

    Jericho Brown's prize-winning poetry speaks with power and urgency about racism and violence

    Jericho Brown's prize-winning poetry speaks with power and urgency about racism and violence

    In this 2020 interview, the American poet and Pulitzer Prize winner spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about his poetry collection The Tradition, the legacy of racial violence and hopes of finding justice in an unjust world.

    • 53 min
    Chan Koonchung's dystopian novel The Fat Years imagines state-engineered amnesia in China

    Chan Koonchung's dystopian novel The Fat Years imagines state-engineered amnesia in China

    Eleanor speaks to the author of the controversial 2012 novel, which follows a group of friends investigating a mysterious amnesia that takes over China.

    • 53 min
    Witi Ihimaera and Ali Cobby Eckermann on the power of Indigenous storytelling

    Witi Ihimaera and Ali Cobby Eckermann on the power of Indigenous storytelling

    Eleanor speaks with the first Maori novelist, whose magical story The Whale Rider was a hit movie. And, the award-winning Aboriginal Australian writer, whose powerful poetry and memoir explore her history as part of Australia’s Stolen Generation.

    • 58 min
    The legendary Christopher Plummer: from Shakespeare to The Sound of Music to Knives Out

    The legendary Christopher Plummer: from Shakespeare to The Sound of Music to Knives Out

    The late, great Canadian actor talks to Eleanor Wachtel about the beginnings--and highlights--of his remarkable career, which spanned nearly seven decades

    • 53 min
    From Gertrude Stein to true crime, acclaimed journalist Janet Malcolm followed her curiosity

    From Gertrude Stein to true crime, acclaimed journalist Janet Malcolm followed her curiosity

    Eleanor Wachtel's 2008 conversation with the late and long-time New Yorker writer - one of the most provocative voices in journalism.

    • 54 min
    Rivka Galchen’s reimagining of a 17th century witch trial is a story that speaks to our time

    Rivka Galchen’s reimagining of a 17th century witch trial is a story that speaks to our time

    The Canadian-born American novelist talks about magic and science and her new book about the real-life witch trial of the mother of 17th century astronomer Johannes Kepler.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
161 Ratings

161 Ratings

20digits ,

No equal among author interviewers

An incredibly prepared and thoughtful interviewer of authors . Superior to all other book podcasts

trillionshelper ,

Excellent

Always fascinating, insightful and absorbing—-a brilliant interviewer and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you

lukequinton ,

The best

Eleanor Wachtel is one of the best interviewers in the world.

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