Writers & Companywith Eleanor Wachtel


Listen to Writers & Company's special summer series with Man Booker Prize winners

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Britain's most important literary award, Writers & Company is airing past interviews with previous winners throughout the summer.

​Jonas Hassen Khemiri crosses borders through words and imagination​

Swedish novelist and playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri has received international acclaim for his innovative, politically charged work. His latest novel, Everything I Don't Remember, received Sweden's top literary prize.
From the archives

The nuances of sex, class and religion in American society, according to the late Tom Wolfe

Looking back at the writing from the Man in the White Suit in this 2005 interview with Eleanor Wachtel.

Listen to Writers & Company's special series on the Nordic imagination

Over four episodes, Eleanor Wachtel explores the popularity of Nordic fiction through interviews with Hans Rosenfeldt, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Dorthe Nors and Hallgrimur Helgason.

Eleanor Wachtel's notes from Stockholm

For a special series on the Nordic imagination, Eleanor Wachtel travelled to Stockholm, Sweden to learn more about the city that inspires such ominous fiction.

Eleanor Wachtel reflects on the life and legacy of Muriel Spark, on the centenary of her birth

Eleanor interviewed the late British author, best known for her novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, on Writers & Company in 1999.
Special Podcast

James McBride on the complicated history of race in the United States

The bestselling author examines the racial tensions in national and personal narratives.

Ursula K. Le Guin explored the nature of reality through her imaginative fiction

Known for award-winning fantasy and science fiction, the late author crafted imaginative worlds that explore real-life ideas of compassion, reason, gender and morality.

Ai Weiwei on global resistance and the transformative power of art

The Chinese artist, recipient of the 2017 Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship, spoke with CBC's Eleanor Wachtel in 2016 about how everyone has a role to play in making positive change in the world.

Margarethe von Trotta on telling the story of Germany through the eyes of women

Eleanor Wachtel speaks to revered filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta about highlighting controversial women in German history.

Eleanor's travel blog: Brazil

(5-part series airing April 15 - May 4, 2014) Brazil is not just a country of soccer fans. Eleanor went there to speak with the country's best filmmakers and writers.

Eleanor's Travel Diary: Chile

5 part series aired April 4 - May 2, 2010

Hay Festival in Cartagena

Read Eleanor's description of her time in beautiful Cartagena, Colombia....

Eleanor's travel blog: Greece

(5-part series airing 7 April - 5 May 2013) Eleanor Wachtel travelled to Greece in March to meet with some of the country's most prominent thinkers and authors as part of a special series about the complex and challenging situation there.

Eleanor's travel blog: Jaipur

(3-part series airing 10 February - 24 February, 2013) In this special travel blog, Wachtel describes her journey to the Jaipur Literature Festival, held each year at the grand Diggi Palace, and explain why it's one of the most unique experiences anywhere.

Eleanor's travel blog: Sri Lanka

(5-part series airing Feb. 19 - March 18)

J. M. Coetzee on language, writing and the pleasure of reading

The famously aloof South African novelist talked to Eleanor Wachtel in 2000, shortly after his second Man Booker win.

Hilary Mantel vies for Golden Man Booker Award with Tudor novel, Wolf Hall

The English writer talked to Eleanor Wachtel about her Man Booker Prize-winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

Claude Lanzmann on his historic Holocaust film, Shoah

In 2013, Eleanor Wachtel interviewed the late French writer and filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, whose epic documentary Shoah has been hailed as a masterpiece.

Peter Carey reimagines the life and death of Australian outlaw Ned Kelly

The two-time Man Booker winner talked to Eleanor Wachtel in 2001 about his bestselling novel, True History of the Kelly Gang.

Aravind Adiga's books tackle clashes of the classes in Indian society

Aravind Adiga stunned the literary world when his first novel, The White Tiger, won the prestigious Man Booker Prize.

In Warlight, Michael Ondaatje explores family secrets and betrayal

The celebrated Canadian author's new historical novel delves into the personal questions left behind by the Second World War.

In Warlight, Michael Ondaatje explores family secrets and betrayal

The celebrated Canadian author's new historical novel delves into the personal questions left behind by the Second World War.

Danzy Senna's darkly comic take on racial identity

The American novelist draws on her experience growing up in an interracial family in her edgy, prize-winning fiction. Her latest novel is New People.

Edward St. Aubyn Encore

English writer Edward St Aubyn has written a series of novels about Patrick Melrose, a young man who - like himself - was abused by his father starting when he was five. Now, St Aubyn has produced a 5th Patrick Melrose novel, called At Last....