Jun 6, 2012 | 51:40Writers and Company Poet Seamus Heaney (2010), and Author Ray Bradbury (1992) interviews Audio
Writers and Company Poet Seamus Heaney (2010), and Author Ray Bradbury (1992) interviews Jun 6, 2012 | 51:40The show begins with an interview with Seamus Heaney. The Ray Bradbury portion of this show begins at 34:37. Ray Bradbury died on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91. His most famous novel “Fahrenheit 451” was published in 1953. He's often described as the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction (a term he disliked) into the literary mainstream. Eleanor Wachtel spoke with him on May 3rd of 1992.
May 27, 2012 | 52:38Writers and Company Novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala interview Audio
Writers and Company Novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala interview May 27, 2012 | 52:38Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the Booker Prize-winning novelist, short story writer, and Oscar-winning screenwriter, is perhaps best known for her long collaboration with Merchant Ivory productions (with director James Ivory and the late producer Ismail Merchant). Together they created movies such as "Howards End," "Room with a View," and "The Remains of the Day."
May 25, 2012 | 56:02Writers and Company Novelist James Salter (1998 Interview) Audio
Writers and Company Novelist James Salter (1998 Interview) May 25, 2012 | 56:02In 1998 Eleanor Wachtel spoke with the American novelist and short-story writer, James Salter (interview aired November 1st, 1998). Known for his precise and elegant style, he wrote a classic, an erotic novel of the early 60s called "A Sport and a Pastime." The author of prize-winning books including "Dusk and Other Stories" has now received a lifetime achievement award for short fiction. The PEN/Faulkner Foundation announced on Monday, 21 May 2012 that the 86-year-old Salter has won the 25th annual PEN/Malamud Award.
Mar 11, 2012 | 53:59Writers and Company South Asian Conversations - Part 4 Audio
Writers and Company South Asian Conversations - Part 4 Mar 11, 2012 | 53:59More South Asian Conversations with three writers whose work engages in very different ways with the complex ethnic, linguistic, and religious realities of Sri Lanka. Eleanor speaks with S. Pathmanathan, a highly regarded Tamil translator, as well as an accomplished poet, Sunethra Rajakarunanayake, probably the most famous contemporary writer working in Sinhala, and Ayathurai Santhan, a highly respected writer in both Tamil and English.
Mar 4, 2012 | 53:59Writers and Company South Asian Conversations - Part 3 Audio
Writers and Company South Asian Conversations - Part 3 Mar 4, 2012 | 53:59This week our special 5-part series South Asian Conversations continues with writer Nayanthara Sahgal. Born in May 1927, she comes from a political family: her uncle Jawaharlal Nehru was India's first prime minister, her mother was the country's first ambassador to the U.N., and Indira Gandhi was her first cousin. Sahgal's whole family was involved in the struggle for Indian Independence. Both her parents and her uncle were often in jail during her childhood, a period she recalled in her first memoir "Prison and Chocolate Cake." She has written numerous books of fiction and nonfiction, as well as a wide range of literary and political commentary. She spoke with Eleanor onstage at the recent Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka.
Feb 26, 2012 | 52:17Writers and Company South Asian Conversations - Part 2 Audio
Writers and Company South Asian Conversations - Part 2 Feb 26, 2012 | 52:17This week our special 5-part series South Asian Conversations continues with novelist Meira Chand. Born of Swiss-Indian parentage in London, she mines her own confused identity in fiction that explores the "cracks between cultures." After thirty years living in Japan, she is now based in Singapore, the inspiration for her latest novel "A Different Sky," a dramatic story set during colonial times in the multicultural city-state.
Feb 19, 2012 | 53:59Writers and Company South Asian Conversations - Part 1 Audio
Writers and Company South Asian Conversations - Part 1 Feb 19, 2012 | 53:59An invitation to the 2012 Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka created an opportunity for Eleanor Wachtel to speak with leading writers from one of the world's most fascinating and diverse regions. Home to some of the most ancient cultures, South Asia is developing rapidly, experiencing the challenges--and the promise--of the twenty-first century.
Feb 12, 2012 | 54:00Writers and Company Dante's "Inferno" Audio
Writers and Company Dante's "Inferno" Feb 12, 2012 | 54:00Dante's "Inferno." You'll hear poet Robert Pinsky reading from his award-winning verse translation. And Eleanor Wachtel talks to John Freccero about why 'The Divine Comedy' is up there with Shakespeare and the Bible.