Writers and CompanyDaniel Kehlmann InterviewJan 11, 2015 | 52:45Jonathan Franzen says of German-Austrian novelist Daniel Kehlmann, "[He] has become the go-to guy in Central Europe for engagement with the weirdness of the postmodern world we inhabit."
Writers and CompanyPeter Carey InterviewJan 18, 2015 | 52:51Australian-American writer Peter Carey is one of only three writers to have won the Man Booker prize twice. His latest book, "Amnesia" looks at the relationship between his two countries.
Writers and Company"Half the Kingdom" with author Lore Segal (2013 Encore)Jan 4, 2015 | 52:37Lore Segal's 1964 memoir "Other People's Houses" is a sharp and moving account of her time as a 'Kindertransport' child in England during the war. Last year, at 85, she published a quirky new novel called "Half the Kingdom".
Writers and Company"NW" with novelist Zadie Smith at the Toronto Harbourfront (2012 Encore)Dec 21, 2014 | 52:08Eleanor Wachtel spoke with Zadie Smith, onstage in front of a sold-out audience, at Harbourfront in Toronto. They talked about her new book "NW" set on her home turf in London.
Writers and CompanyProfessor Richard Sennett interview (2013 Encore)Dec 28, 2014 | 52:09Richard Sennett is a social analyst and writer, with his work falling under the heading 'culture studies'. But this isn't dry stuff - his work is "an elegant mix of interview, anecdote and wide, deep book-research."
Writers and CompanyWriter P.D. James interview (1999 Encore)Nov 30, 2014 | 52:07English crime writer P.D. James passed away this week at the age of 94. Her books were elegantly written, meticulously plotted – and often quite gruesome. Eleanor spoke with her, onstage, fifteen years ago.
Writers and Company"The Zone of Interest" with author Martin AmisOct 12, 2014 | 1:02:24British novelist Martin Amis has been extremely controversial in his lifetime, and has been described as a master of "the new unpleasantness." His most recent novel is called "The Zone of Interest."
Writers and CompanyWriter Julia Franck InterviewNov 9, 2014 | 58:17Julia Franck was 18 when the Berlin Wall came down - 25 years ago - on November 9, 1989. Born in the East, and raised mostly in the West, her life and her writing embody the divide between the two cultures.
Writers and Company"How to Be Both" with author Ali SmithOct 5, 2014 | 53:01Scottish writer Ali Smith said "that it is the duty of both readers and writers to 'be as open as a book, and alive to the life in language." Her dazzling new novel "How to Be Both" has landed her a third short-listing for the Man Booker prize.
Writers and Company"My Struggle" with autobiographer Karl Ove Knausgaard (2013 Encore)Jun 29, 2014 | 52:55Karl Ove Knausgaard's six volume autobiographical novel "My Struggle" has won every Norwegian prize, and has been hailed as "a masterpiece." Knausgaard writes (and speaks) with raw honesty.
Writers and Company"Barracuda" with author Christos TsiolkasDec 14, 2014 | 51:57Eleanor speaks with Australian novelist Christos Tsiolkas. His new book "Barracuda" is a heart-breaking page-turner of a novel.
Writers and CompanyToronto's International Festival of Authors Panel (2014)Nov 16, 2014 | 1:03:59This week, a lively and entertaining conversation from the International Festival of Authors with two wonderful writers - Marilynne Robinson and Colm Toibin.
Writers and CompanyWriter Louise Erdrich interview at Toronto's International Festival of Authors (2012 Encore)Jul 13, 2014 | 52:08Eleanor spoke with Louise Erdrich, onstage, in front of a packed house at Harbourfront in Toronto.
Writers and CompanyThe Regeneration trilogy with author Pat BarkerOct 26, 2014 | 49:57Eleanor Wachtel speaks to Pat Barker about her 'Regeneration' trilogy. It was named one of the 10 best historical novels of all time, and is an unflinching look at the First World War.