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Writers and Company from CBC Radio (Highlights)

CBC Radio's Writers and Company offers an opportunity to explore in depth the lives, thoughts and works of remarkable writers from around the world. Hosted by Eleanor Wachtel.

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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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Ingo Schulze Podcast

This coming November marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Eleanor speaks with Ingo Schulze about life in post-unification Germany.

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Colm Toibin Podcast

Irish writer Colm Toibin was the 2013 grand prize winner at the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival in Montreal. His latest, "The Testament of Mary", takes place twenty years after Jesus's death.

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Alexis Wright Podcast

Eleanor spoke with Alexis Wright when she was in Australia for a special series. Wright's novel, "Carpentaria", is described as The Great Australian Novel.

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Khushwant Singh Podcast

The wonderfully entertaining Khushwant Singh had at least seven different careers. Fortunately for us, one of them was 'novelist'. He died last March at 99 years old.

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Ben Lerner Podcast

Formerly a successful (but obscure) poet, Ben Lerner's first novel garnered a lot of attention, and a lot of praise.

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Nadine Gordimer Podcast

South African writer Nadine Gordimer has died, aged 90. Eleanor spoke with her on two occasions, once in 1991 and once in 2000. This week we give you both those conversations.

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Louise Erdrich Podcast

Eleanor spoke with Louise Erdrich, onstage, in front of a packed house at Harbourfront in Toronto.

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John Lanchester Podcast

English journalist and novelist John Lanchester's book, "Capital", is a wonderfully Dickensian take on the 2008 financial crisis.

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Karl Ove Knausgaard Podcast

Karl Ove Knausgaard's six volume autobiographical novel "My Struggle" has won every Norwegian prize, and has been hailed as "a masterpiece". Knausgaard writes (and speaks) with raw honesty.

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Anne Carson Podcast Encore

Canadian poet Anne Carson has just become the first two-time winner of the $65,000 Griffin Prize for Poetry. Eleanor spoke with her in 2011.

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Fred D'Aguiar Podcast

British-Guyanese poet, novelist and playwright, Fred D'Aguiar. His new novel, "Children of Paradise", is inspired by the horrific events at Jonestown in 1978.

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Luis Alberto Urrea Podcast

Born to a Mexican father, and a mother from New York City, Luis Alberto Urrea's background allows him to write about cross-cultural issues from a unique perspective.

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Yiyun Li Podcast

Yiyun Li was 16 years old at the time of Tiananmen, but she felt it was her generation who put their lives on the line. Her new novel "Kinder Than Solitude" looks back on those horrific events.

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Helen Oyeyemi Podcast

Helen Oyeyemi's new novel, "Boy, Snow, Bird" exhibits her fascination with doubles and with fairy tales. Here, she takes a fresh look at the story of Snow White.

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Ece Temelkuran Podcast

From Istanbul, an exclusive interview with the Turkish political activist, journalist, writer, poet, and novelist, Ece Temelkuran.

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Karim Ainouz, Michel Laub Podcast

The conclusion of our 5-part series on Brazil, with filmmaker Karim Ainouz. His first feature debut, Madame Sata, premiered in 2002 at the Cannes Film Festival. Also, Michel Laub, one of top names among the younger generation of Brazilian writers.

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Luis Fernando Verissimo Podcast

Our Brazil Inside Out series continues with an interview with Luis Fernando Verissimo, one of the country's most popular and witty writers.

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