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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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    • 4.7 • 209 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.

    Alice Munro on writing about life, love, sex and secrets

    Alice Munro on writing about life, love, sex and secrets

    In 2004, just before she won the Scotiabank Giller Prize (for the second time) for her story collection, Runaway, Alice Munro met Eleanor Wachtel at a restaurant near the author's home to discuss her new book, her interest in writing about infidelity and sex and her life growing up in Wingham, Ontario. The acclaimed Canadian short story writer, and Canada's first winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, died on May 13, 2024.

    • 52 min
    Chance, fate and fiction: looking back at American novelist and filmmaker Paul Auster

    Chance, fate and fiction: looking back at American novelist and filmmaker Paul Auster

    Paul Auster spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about his novel Oracle Night, the ways in which reality and fiction blend and how coincidences shape our lives at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival in Montreal in 2004. The writer of The New York Trilogy, Leviathan and 4 3 2 1, among many other books, was best known for his postmodernist fiction and meta-narratives. He died on April 30, 2024. He was 77. 

    • 55 min
    Looking back on American sculptor Richard Serra and how he became the Man of Steel

    Looking back on American sculptor Richard Serra and how he became the Man of Steel

    From his childhood in San Francisco's sand dunes to sitting in French cafes with Philip Glass and Samuel Beckett, Richard Serra reflects on his life and work during a 2011 conversation with Eleanor Wachtel. Best known for his evocative and monumental steel structures, you can find Serra's sculptural works all over the world, including his piece Titled Spheres in Toronto Pearson Airport. Serra died in March. He was 85.

    • 52 min
    Poet Raymond Antrobus on hearing, seeing and grieving through verse

    Poet Raymond Antrobus on hearing, seeing and grieving through verse

    This week on Writers and Company, British poet Raymond Antrobus. Antrobus spoke with Eleanor Wachtel in 2019 about his collection, The Perseverance, which explores his complicated relationship with his late father and growing up deaf. 

    • 59 min
    Colm Toibin on the unspoken and powerful dynamics between mothers and sons

    Colm Toibin on the unspoken and powerful dynamics between mothers and sons

    This week, Irish novelist Colm Toibin discusses his short story collection, Mothers and Sons, which explores the unspoken and shifting dynamics in these relationships. Toibin is the author of Brooklyn, which was made into an Oscar-nominated feature film starring Saoirse Ronan, as well as Nora Webster, The Magician and more. His latest novel, Long Island, is the sequel to Brooklyn.

    • 53 min
    Alice Oswald on poetry, nature and the shedding of identity

    Alice Oswald on poetry, nature and the shedding of identity

    To celebrate poetry month, a conversation with one of England’s greatest living poets, Alice Oswald. Winner of the 2017 international Griffin Poetry Prize for her book Falling Awake, Oswald's work explores the relationship between human life and the natural world. Her latest title, Nobody, is a book-length poem inspired by Homer’s Odyssey.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
209 Ratings

209 Ratings

trillionshelper ,

BEST PODCAST EVER

Dear Ms. Wachtel,

It was upsetting to hear you are ending your podcast—-selfishly I wish you would continue doing it forever. There is no podcast I look forward to more—-I know it will be the most interesting, intelligent and enlightening hour of the week, without equal. As I am not a writer I do not have the words to adequately and appropriately thank you—-for an hour of bliss each week, for introducing me to authors I would otherwise never have known of—-many many thanks. You will be greatly missed. I can hope you write several volumes of memoirs !

20digits ,

No equal among author interviewers

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

lukequinton ,

The best

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

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