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Writers & Company: Barbara Kingsolver goes home

Highlighting books and their authors, new works and old classics, fiction and non-fiction, the CBC Radio program Writers and Company is devoted to the world of reading. Hosted by thoughtful and knowledgeable broadcaster Eleanor Wachtel since its creation in 1991, the program features the best in the written word from Canada and around the world.

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For a long time Barbara Kingsolver tried to shake her Kentucky twang. The product of Cherokee, Portuguese and slave-owning ancestors, Kingsolver grew up amidst alfalfa fields with woods beyond - a place she loved to be as a child. But once she went to college, she discovered her accent was a strike against her and she left it behind. When Kingsolver reads from a short story and a novel on CBC Radio's Writers and Company, it's clear that the past has found a way to catch up with her. 
• Before she became a full-time writer, Barbara Kingsolver was a graduate student at the University of Arizona specializing in the social habits of termites. She originally attended DePauw University in Indiana on a music scholarship.

• Kingsolver went on to great success with 1998's The Poisonwood Bible, which was selected for Oprah's Book Club. She turned to non-fiction in 2007 with Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: A Year of Food Life, for which she and her family moved to a Virginia farm and ate locally-produced foods for a year. 

Medium: Radio
Program: Writers & Company
Broadcast Date: Jan. 12, 1997
Guest(s): Barbara Kingsolver
Host: Eleanor Wachtel
Duration: 38:26
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Last updated: February 2, 2012

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