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Writers & Company


Writers & Company

Host Eleanor Wachtel explores the lives, thoughts and works of remarkable writers from around the world. Writers and Company

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Knowing politician's personal beliefs

Do voters have a right to know about the beliefs of people who represent them?

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Consent to Harm, Part 2

When and why the should the law intervene in BDSM and sex work?

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Fifty Years a Shrink

Psychotherapist Irvin Yalom says it’s time for you to give up the hope for a better past.

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Degrassi at 35

Linda Schuyler on speaks about the show's lasting popularity on its 35th birthday.

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Anne Tyler Podcast

John Updike said of American novelist Anne Tyler that she '... is not merely good, she is wickedly good.' In a rare interview, Eleanor Wachtel speaks with Anne Tyler about her life and work, and about her new novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."

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Andrew OHagan Podcast

Eleanor speaks with Scottish novelist and essayist, Andrew O'Hagan. He's been called "the best essayist of his generation." His latest book, a novel, is called "The Illuminations."

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Robert Stone Podcast

Robert 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.

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Samantha Harvey Podcast

British 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'.

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John Burnside Podcast

Eleanor Wachtel speaks with the 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."

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Peter Carey Podcast

Australian-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.

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Daniel Kehlmann Podcast

Jonathan 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."

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Lore Segal Encore Podcast

Lore 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".

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Richard Sennett Encore Podcast

Richard 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."

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Zadie Smith Encore Podcast

Eleanor 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.

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Christos Tsiolkas Podcast

Eleanor speaks with Australian novelist, Christos Tsiolkas. His new book, "Barracuda", is a heart-breaking page-turner of a novel.

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Historical Fiction Podcast

Laila Lalami, Valerie Martin and Sarah Waters join Eleanor Wachtel in a lively discussion about delving into the past.

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P.D. James Podcast

English 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.

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Alan Warner Podcast

The 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".

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Marilynne Robinson, Colm Toibin Podcast

This week, a lively and entertaining conversation from the International Festival of Authors with two wonderful writers - Marilynne Robinson and Colm Toibin.

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Julia Franck Podcast

Julia 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.

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Tim Winton Podcast

Australian novelist Tim Winton has officially been named a "Living Treasure" by the country's national trust. His latest novel focuses on Western Australia's resource and mining boom, and its effect on the country and its people.

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Pat Barker Podcast

Eleanor 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.

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Elizabeth Jane Howard Podcast

English novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard was famous for the "Cazalet Chronicle" and a dozen other books. She was also married to Kingsley Amis and was Martin Amis's wicked (as in good) step-mother. She died last January.

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Martin Amis Podcast

British 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".

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Ali Smith Podcast

Scottish 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.

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Jesmyn Ward Podcast

Jesmyn Ward's novel"Salvage the Bones" won the National Book Award in 2011. And her memoir, "Men We Reaped" is about the deaths of five black men, including her own brother.

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Daniel Alarcon Podcast

Peruvian-American novelist Daniel Alarcon is described as a writer who thrives in two cultures: “I’m an American writer writing about Latin America, and I’m a Latin American writer who happens to write in English.”

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Kamila Shamsie Podcast

This week, Kamila Shamsie. Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, she now lives in London. Last year she was named one of Granta Magazine's Best Young Novelists.

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A.M. Homes Podcast

This week, Eleanor speaks with the darkly funny A.M. Homes. She turns the American Dream upside down in her prize-winning novel, "May We Be Forgiven".

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Ian McEwan Podcast

Eleanor speaks with one of England's leading novelists, Ian McEwan, about his latest book, "Sweet Tooth".

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