Writers and CompanyRobert Stone InterviewFeb 8, 2015 | 52:59Robert Stone was often described as one of the most important novelists to emerge from 1960s America. He died last month at the age of 77. Eleanor spoke with him in 1997.
Writers and CompanySamantha Harvey InterviewFeb 1, 2015 | 50:53British novelist Samantha Harvey's new novel, "Dear Thief" is inspired by Leonard Cohen's hit song, "Famous Blue Raincoat" and is in the same key - 'a minor and melancholic one'.
Writers and CompanyJohn Burnside InterviewJan 25, 2015 | 51:31This week, Scottish novelist, short story writer, poet and memoirist, John Burnside. Tessa Hadley says of "I Put a Spell on You", "Women need to read this book."
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 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 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 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 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 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 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"Their Lips Talk of Mischief" with author Alan WarnerNov 23, 2014 | 52:20The Guardian says that novelist Alan Warner is one of Scotland's best. His latest novel, about two young slackers is called "Their Lips Talk of Mischief."
Writers and CompanyHappy 75th Birthday Margaret Atwood! (2007 Interview Encore)Nov 18, 2014 | 51:31Margaret Atwood celebrates her 75th birthday today, 18 November 2014. In honour of the occasion, we're posting the streaming audio version of Eleanor's 2007 conversation with her. Enjoy!
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 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.