2010

 

Sherman Alexie Interview (Repeat)

This week, Eleanor Wachtel speaks with native American writer, Sherman Alexie. Funny, perceptive, fearless, Sherman Alexie talks about two books - a collection of...

Beryl Bainbridge Interview (Repeat)

Looking back at a remarkable, memorable novelist, Beryl Bainbridge. The author of Every Man for Himself, Master Georgie and According to Queeney died last...

Michael Ondaatje interviews Eleanor Wachtel

Michael Ondaatje and Eleanor Wachtel This week, we continue our 20th anniversary celebrations as Michael Ondaatje turns the tables on Eleanor Wachtel, and interviews...

Gary Shteyngart

Eleanor Wachtel with Gary Shteyngart Eleanor Wachtel speaks with the Russian-American novelist, Gary Shteyngart. They talk about his novel Absuridstan and his latest, Super...

Tom McCarthy

Eleanor Wachtel with Tom McCarthy Eleanor Wachtel speaks with one of the most inventive writers of the 21st century, Tom McCarthy. From his surprising...

Hanan al-Shaykh

A conversation with the Lebanese novelist and playwright Hanan al-Shaykh.   From Beirut Blues and Only in London, now she turns to her mother's life...

Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen with Eleanor Wachtel Jonathan Franzen is the first author in ten years to make the cover of Time magazine with the banner...

Antonia Fraser

Antonia Fraser with Eleanor Wachtel From England, histocial biographer Antonia Fraser.  She has written a memoir about her life with her husband, the Nobel...

Twentieth Anniversary Panel

Our panellists with Eleanor Wachtel Eleanor Wachtel and special guests Dionne Brand, Margaret Drabble, Deborah Eisenberg, and Andrew O'Hagan discuss the dynamic world of...

Mario Vargas Llosa

Eleanor Wachtel speaks with Peruvian novelist, playwright, and essayist, Mario Vargas Llosa. The man who ran for president of Peru is also the country's most...

Eleanor Wachtel on a Canadian exclusive: Her interview with John le Carré (2 parts, aired October 10 and 17, 2010)

John le Carré with Eleanor WachtelJohn le Carré is an elusive guy, which I suppose is not surprising for someone who used to be...

John le Carré Interview Part Two

More from John le Carré as he elaborates on the seductive side of espionage, the changing world of spying, and his own complicated upbringing...

John le Carré Interview Part One

John le Carré with Eleanor WachtelEleanor Wachtel travelled to John le Carré's home in Penzance, England, for an exclusive interview about his brand new...

Paolo Giordano Interview

Eleanor Wachtel speaks with Paolo Giordano about his record-breaking novel, The Solitude of Prime Numbers. Paolo Giordano was just 25 years old when the book...

Per Petterson

A conversation with the award-winning Norwegian novelist, Per Petterson. The author of Out Stealing Horses has a new book called I Curse the River of...

Amos Oz

This week, Eleanor Wachtel speaks with one of Israel's most celebrated and outspoken writers, Amos Oz. He has rooted his writing in the troubled history...

Anchee Min

This Sunday marks the beginning of a new season and it's the 20th anniversary season for Writers & Company - something special. Today, American writer...

Aravind Adiga*

From India, the Man Booker Prize winner, Aravind Adiga. His novel, The White Tiger is a relentlessly bleak though surprisingly comic picture of modern India....

Toni Morrison*

Our summer of Nobel prize winners wraps up this week with the American novelist, Toni Morrison. The author of Beloved, Jazz and Paradise talks about...

Cristina Garcia*

This Wednesday, "Dreaming in Cuban." More than fifty years after the revolution, Cristina Garcia looks back - and ahead - at immigration and nostalgia. A...

Orhan Pamuk*

Our summer of Nobel prize winners continues with Turkish writer, Orhan Pamuk. The author of the novel Snow, and the memoir, Istanbul, talks about his...

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie*

This week, from Nigeria, the sensational, young, prize-winner, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She published her first novel, Purple Hibiscus when she was only twenty-six. A coming...

Nadine Gordimer*

Our summer of Nobel prize winners continues with South African novelist, Nadine Gordimer. Since she won the Nobel Prize in 1991, she's published five novels...

A.S. Byatt*

From England, A.S. Byatt on her latest novel - a big, ambitious, exceptionally rich story called The Children's Book. The Children's Book is published in...

Czeslaw Milosz*

Our summer of Nobel prize winners continues with the Polish-American poet and essayist, Czeslaw Milosz. He won the Nobel in 1980; he died at his...

Dreaming Australia: Part Four: Ruby Langford Ginibi/Samuel Watson Jr. and Sr.*

Ruby Langford Ginibi in Campbelltown Samuel Wagan Watson Jr. and Samual Watson in Yeerongpilly, QueenslandThis Wednesday, to wrap up our series "Dreaming Australia: Changing...

Amartya Sen*

Our summer of Nobel prize winners continues with the humanist economist, Amartya Sen. Drawing on his own experience growing up in India, he brings a...

Dreaming Australia: Part Three: David Malouf*

This summer - over four consecutive Wednesdays - we've been revisiting our special series Dreaming Australia: Changing Visions of a Country rebroadcast from Wednesday, 21...

Wole Soyinka*

Our Sunday summer of Nobel prize winners continues with Nigerian playwright, poet, novelist, and essayist, Wole Soyinka on his latest memoir, You Must Set Forth...

Dreaming Australia Part Two: Australian Panel*

Chloe Hooper and John Clarke at the ABC in MelbourneA lively and wide-ranging panel discussion, recorded in Melbourne, on the theme of Australian mythology,...

Joseph Brodsky/Saul Bellow*

Our summer of Nobel Prize winners continues with two extraordinary and influential writers, both sadly now gone, poet and essayist Joseph Brodksy and novelist Saul...

Dreaming Australia Part One: Alexis Wright*

This summer - on four consecutive Wednesdays - we're revisiting our special series Dreaming Australia: Changing Visions of a Country rebroadcast from Wednesday, 21 July,...

J.M. Coetzee*

Our summer of Nobel Prize winners continues with a rare conversation with South African novelist, J.M. Coetzee, an elegant, disturbing, and provocative writer. In announcing...

Yiyun Li*

This Wednesday on Writers & Company, Eleanor Wachtel speaks with the award-winning Chinese-American writer, Yiyun Li. Her powerful and moving novel, The Vagrants, is set...

Derek Walcott*

*NOTE: THIS INTERVIEW MAY BE PRE-EMPTED IN SOME REGIONS Our Sunday summer of Nobel Prize winners continues with the 1992 winner, poet Derek Walcott. From...

Malcolm Gladwell*

*NOTE: THIS INTERVIEW MAY BE PRE-EMPTED IN SOME REGIONS "The Story of Success" - Malcolm Gladwell follows his two mega-hit books, The Tipping Point and...

Doris Lessing*

This week, to launch our summer of Nobel Prize winners, from England, Doris Lessing. She's one of the most influential writers of the past fifty...

David Mitchell

Repeats Wednesday, June 30, 2010Eleanor Wachtel speaks with the innovative English novelist David Mitchell. The author of the dazzling Cloud Atlas has a new book,...

Jules Feiffer

This week, Eleanor Wachtel's conversation with the cartoonist, playwright and screenwriter, Jules Feiffer on his new memoir, Backing into Forward. Backing into Forward is available...

Keri Walsh on Sylvia Beach

This week, in honour of Bloomsday - the 24 hours of James Joyce's Ulysses - a look at the woman who coined the term and...

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

This week, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God - a new novel by philosopher Rebecca Goldstein, author of The Mind-Body Problem and Betraying Spinoza....

Rose Tremain

Eleanor Wachtel speaks with English writer, Rose Tremain. Her last book, The Road Home won Britain's Orange Prize. Her latest is a mystery set in...

Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney has such a strong following that he's been nicknamed Famous Seamus. And his lectures are so popular that the crowds lining up to...

Irish Panel

Ireland has excelled - both in literature in general, winning four Nobel Prizes, which for a country of four million is some kind of record...

Peter Carey

"Democracy in America" - Australia's Peter Carey re-imagines Alexis de Tocqueville's 19th century journey to the new world, and the state of the union 140...

Alberto Fuguet/Sebastian Silva

Our Chilean series concludes with two irreverent voices: novelist and critic, Alberto Fuguet and the remarkable young director of the movie, The Maid, Sebastian...

Chile Part Four: Alicia Scherson/Marjorie Agosin

More in the series "Aftershock: Chile in Transition," with poet, memoirist and activist, Marjorie Agosin, and the dynamic, award-winning filmmaker Alicia Scherson. Marjorie Agosin's...

Part Three: Isabel Allende

Our Chile series continues with best-selling novelist and memoirist, Isabel Allende. Her new book takes place in another earthquake zone: Haiti - 200 years ago,...

Chile Part Two: Jorge Edwards

This week, more from Chile with the award-winning novelist and columnist, Jorge Edwards. His early work as a diplomat brought him into contact with Salvador...

Aftershock: Chile in Transition

Eleanor Wachtel travelled to Chile to speak with some of the country's most dynamic writers, to get a sense, through their work and their personal...

Chile Part One: Antonio Skarmeta

Part One of our Chile series introduces the charming fiction writer and dramatist Antonio Skarmeta, best known for his novel The Postman, featuring Chile's beloved...

Eleanor's Travel Diary: Chile (5 part series aired April 4 - May 2, 2010)

Terremoto in Santiago: the first 24 hours Eleanor Wachtel at the Palacio de Bellas ArtesIt starts with sounds. I awake to an unfamiliar creaking, a...

Ian Buruma*

This week, Eleanor Wachtel speaks with the Dutch novelist, international journalist and intellectual extraordinaire, Ian Buruma. The China Lover by Ian Buruma is published in...

Cees Nooteboom*

More on The Dutch Debate: New Realities of the Netherlands with one of the country's most celebrated novelists, who's also a poet and travel writer,...

Geert Mak*

This week, The Dutch Debate: New Realities of the Netherlands, focusing on the first country in 21st century Europe whose history of tolerance came to...

Philip Hensher

This week, from England, novelist, columnist and critic, Philip Hensher. His latest book, The Northern Clemency is an astute and witty take on England's social...

Zadie Smith

Eleanor Wachtel in conversation with the dynamic, young author Zadie Smith. The author of the bestselling hits White Teeth and On Beauty, has a new...

Tomás Eloy Martinez*

This week, remembering one of Argentina's most dynamic and influential writers, Tomás Eloy Martinez. The author of Santa Evita, The Tango Singer and The Peron...

Kate Walbert

Eleanor Wachtel in conversation with American novelist, Kate Walbert, about getting the vote, going to war, and the age of anxiety. That's all in her...

David Hare

Eleanor Wachtel speaks with the English playwright and director, David Hare. From post-war disillusion in Plenty to the invasion of Iraq in Stuff Happens and...

Adam Thorpe

From the Middle Ages to the 21st century, the legend of Robin Hood has fascinated us. England's Adam Thorpe subverts the myth in his new...

Eva Hoffman

Eleanor Wachtel speaks with novelist, cultural commentator and historian, Eva Hoffman. The discussion ranges from her memoir of growing up in war-ravaged Poland to her...

Hermione Lee and Thomas Mallon on Biography

This week, life stories. Thomas Mallon on his new book on the art of letter writing, and English biographer Hermione Lee. They'll talk about curiosity...

Tash Aw

This week, from Malaysia and London, Tash Aw. His first novel, The Harmony Silk Factory looked back at Malaysia during the Second World War. His...

William McIlvanney*

This week, from Scotland, William McIlvanney, the originator of 'tartan noir' crime fiction. His honest, personal novels draw on his background as a miner's son...
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