Writers and Company"Somewhere Towards the End" with autobiographer Diana Athill (2009 Encore)Dec 29, 2013 | 52:01For copyright reasons, we are not able to bring you Eleanor's conversation with Rohinton Mistry. Instead, on the podcast and streaming version of the show this week, the remarkable writer and editor, Diana Athill.
Writers and CompanyAuthor Fran Lebowitz interview (2012 Encore)Dec 22, 2013 | 52:41In a candid and personal conversation, cultural commentator Fran Lebowitz talks about her upbringing in New Jersey, about her early success, and about her writer's block - or, as she calls it, her writer's "blockade".
Writers and CompanyLiterary Prizes Panel (2013)Dec 15, 2013 | 52:29This week a lively discussion about the perils and pleasures of literary prizes with England's Justin Cartwright, Ireland's Kevin Barry, Canada's Charlotte Gray, and American, Meg Wolitzer.
Writers and Company"The Valley of Amazement" with author Amy TanDec 8, 2013 | 57:39Eleanor speaks with Amy Tan about her gripping new novel "The Valley of Amazement," her first in eight years. The book revolves around the world of the courtesan in early 20th century Shanghai.
Writers and Company"David and Goliath" with author Malcolm Gladwell (2012 Encore)Dec 1, 2013 | 1:13:09Eleanor spoke to Malcolm Gladwell onstage at McGill University about his latest book "David and Goliath." Though he's a self-professed introvert, he does a pretty terrific job of entertaining an audience.
Writers and Company"David and Goliath" with author Malcolm Gladwell (2012 Extended Interview encore)Dec 1, 2013 | 52:45(Broadcast Length version) Eleanor spoke to Malcolm Gladwell, onstage at McGill University, about his latest book "David and Goliath." Though he's a self-professed introvert, he does a pretty terrific job of entertaining an audience.
Writers and CompanyAuthor Doris Lessing interview (2003 Encore)Nov 24, 2013 | 52:18Independent and outspoken, the Nobel prize-winning author of "The Golden Notebook" (and dozens of other novels) has just died at the age of 94. Eleanor spoke with Doris Lessing at her home in 2003.
Writers and Company"The Pure Gold Baby" with author Margaret DrabbleNov 17, 2013 | 1:00:00Margaret Drabble and Eleanor Wachtel have spoken a number of times over the years, but they always find something new and fascinating to talk about. Eleanor spoke with Margaret Drabble onstage at the International Festival of Authors.
Writers and CompanyBrave New Word Panel (2013)Nov 10, 2013 | 52:39Brave New Word - three young writers look at where the political meets the personal as they tell their stories. With Sahar Delijani, Anthony Marra and Abdellah Taia.
Writers and CompanyWriter Aleksandar Hemon interviewNov 3, 2013 | 52:01Bosnian-American writer Aleksandar Hemon spoke with Eleanor onstage at the International Festival of Authors. His work displays a "bountiful gift for language" and blurs the line between fiction and non-fiction.
Writers and Company"Albert Camus" with biographer Olivier ToddOct 27, 2013 | 52:33Albert Camus was born in Algeria in November 1913. In honour of the 100th anniversary of his birth, Eleanor talks to biographer Olivier Todd about Camus - the Nobel Prize winning author of "L'Étranger."
Writers and Company"Runaway" with author Alice Munro (2004 Encore)Oct 13, 2013 | 53:03Alice Munro is now Canada's first Nobel Prize winner for Literature. Eleanor spoke with her in a restaurant in Goderich, Ontario in 2004, just before Munro won the Giller Prize for "Runaway." Now, with the Nobel, our joy knows no bounds!
Writers and Company"Claire of the Sea Light" with author Edwidge DanticatOct 6, 2013 | 52:29From Haiti and the United States, Edwidge Danticat. It's been almost ten years since her last novel, but she now has a moving new book "Claire of the Sea Light" set in a Haitian fishing village before the earthquake.
Writers and Company"Secrecy" with author Rupert ThomsonSep 29, 2013 | 52:24English novelist Rupert Thomson is one of those writers who, for some reason, is not as well known as he should be. So, we're doing our bit to remedy the situation. Eleanor speaks with him about his memoir, and about his new novel, "Secrecy."
Writers and CompanyWriter Aminatta Forna interviewSep 22, 2013 | 52:25Aminatta Forna has first-hand knowledge of civil war. Her father was hanged in 1975 by the regime in Sierra Leone, on false charges of treason. Forna writes about civil war in her latest book - this time about Yugoslavia.