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A new season of Writers & Company with Eleanor Wachtel begins Sept. 11

An interview with Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid kicks off another exciting season! Tune in on CBC Radio One on Sundays at 3 p.m. AT & ET (3:30 NT), 5 p.m. CT, MT & PT and Tuesdays at 3 p.m. in select regions.

This season will also feature interviews with Hervé Le Tellier, Gwendoline Riley, Fredrik Backman and more

Eleanor Wachtel has been the host of Writers & Company since its inception in 1990. (CBC)

Writers & Company on CBC Radio is back for another exciting season beginning Sept. 11, 2022 with an interview with bestselling Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid.

A black and pink illustrated book cover featuring a silhouetted man looking at the crescent moon while sitting in the pupil of a blue eye.

Hamid's elegant and compelling 2007 novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and turned into a motion picture. The book was written in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, and features a main character that reflects some of his own experience as a brown Muslim man living in post-9/11 America.

His novel Exit West is a touching story about a world at war and the global migration and instability that follow. It's currently being adapted into a Netflix series by the Obamas' Higher Ground Productions.

Mohsin Hamid's latest novel, The Last White Man follows a protagonist who wakes up with his skin turned brown, now having to face a world that instantly becomes unrecognizable to him as he deals with the reality of no longer being white. The book centres around themes of identity, race and belonging. 

Here are all the ways you can tune in this season:

  • Radio: Sundays at 3:00 p.m. (3:30 p.m. NT), 5:00 p.m. CT, MT & PT and Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. in select regions
  • SiriusXM: Sundays at 3:00 p.m. ET, Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. ET and Wednesdays at 5:00 a.m. ET
  • Online: Listen online at CBC Listen or download the show from wherever you get your podcasts

This season will also feature interviews with Hervé Le Tellier, Gwendoline Riley, Fredrik Backman, Ian McEwan, Pierre Jarawan, Nick Hornby, Namwali Serpell and Francine Prose.

Have any questions? Contact the show here!

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