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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Emmanuel Carrere Podcast
Emmanuel Carrere is an award-winning, novelist, filmmaker, journalist and biographer. He unapologetically puts himself in his books, and his "frankness about his worst self is a constant in his work."
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Rabih Alameddine Podcast
Lebanese-American writer Rabih Alameddine's new book, "An Unnecessary Woman" is about a reclusive woman living in Beirut. The thirty-seven books she has translated into Arabic have been stowed away, and never read - by anyone.
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Mavis Gallant Encore Podcast
Master short story writer, Mavis Gallant, has died at the age of 91. Eleanor spoke to her in 2008 when her book, "From the 15th District" was a Canada Reads finalist.
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Hector Abad Podcast
From the Hay-Cartagena Festival, the prolific Colombian writer and essayist, Hector Abad. His moving memoir "Oblivion" is a memorial to his father, killed in 1987 for his criticism of the repressive Colombian regime.
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Eleanor speaks with the Icelandic novelist, poet, librettist and lyricist, Sjon. A.S. Byatt said that he is one of those writers who have "changed the whole map of literature" inside her head.
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Gary Shteyngart Podcast
When satirist Gary Shteyngart was 5, his grandmother gave him a piece of waxy Russian cheese for every page he wrote. It must have been excellent training, as he's now written a touching new memoir, "Little Failure."
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Alice McDermott Podcast
Eleanor speaks with American writer Alice McDermott. Her novel "Someone" evokes the Irish-American world of early 20th century Brooklyn, and is "told in prose that can feel almost physically radiant."
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Tan Twan Eng Podcast
This week, Eleanor speaks with the Malaysian writer Tan Twan Eng. His latest novel, "The Garden of Evening Mists" was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Man Asian Literary Prize.
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James McBride Podcast
James McBride was the surprise winner of the 2013 National Book Award, for his novel "The Good Lord Bird". It's a comic treatment of controversial abolitionist John Brown, who led a violent crusade against slavery.
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Hilary Mantel Podcast
An encore presentation of Eleanor's conversation with two-time Man Booker prize winner, Hilary Mantel. Her trilogy about the court of Henry VIII and the life of Thomas Cromwell is the story she says she was destined to write.
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Diana Athill Podcast
For 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.
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Fran Lebowitz Podcast Encore
In 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".
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Prize Panel Podcast
This 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.
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Amy Tan Podcast
Eleanor 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.
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Malcolm Gladwell Podcast
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. The podcast contains bonus material.
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Doris Lessing Encore Podcast
Independent 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.
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Margaret Drabble Podcast
Margaret 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.
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Brave New Word Podcast
Brave 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.
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Aleksandar Hemon Podcast
Bosnian-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.
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Olivier Todd on Camus Encore Podcast
Albert 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".
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Lore Segal 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. Now, at 85, she has a quirky new novel called "Half the Kingdom".
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Alice Munro Podcast
Alice 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!
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Edwidge Danticat Podcast
From 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.
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Rupert Thomson Podcast
English 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".
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Aminatta Forna Podcast
Aminatta 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.
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Roddy Doyle Podcast
Irish writer Roddy Doyle clearly loves to talk - and his characters do too, in their own lively, expletive-ridden way. Doyle's new novel "The Guts" brings back Jimmy Rabbitte from the "Barrytown Trilogy". There's life in the old boy yet.
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