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Eleanor Wachtel

Eleanor Wachtel

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Eleanor Wachtel was born and raised in Montreal, where she studied English literature at McGill University.

Wachtel lived in the United States and Kenya, and then in the mid-'70s worked as a freelance writer and broadcaster in Vancouver.

Eleanor Wachtel has co-edited two books: The Expo Story (1986), and Language in Her Eye (1990), and she is the co-author of A Feminist Guide to the Canadian Constitution (1992). For five years she was Adjunct Professor of Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University.

In the fall of 1987, Wachtel moved to Toronto to work full-time as Literary Commentator on CBC Stereo's "State of the Arts," and then as writer-broadcaster for "The Arts Tonight," and Toronto reporter for "The Arts Report." She was host of "the Arts Tonight" from 1996 to 2007, and has been host of CBC Radio's "Writers & Company" since its inception in 1990.

In 1993, Knopf Canada published a selection of interviews called Writers & Company; More Writers & Company was published in the fall of 1996. In spring 2003, HarperCollins brought out another selection, Original Minds. Eleanor Wachtel is a contributor to the best-seller, Dropped Threads (2001) co-edited by Carol Shields, and Lost Classics (2000), co-edited by Michael Ondaatje et al. In 2007, she published Random Illuminations: Conversations With Carol Shields.

In 1995, "Writers & Company" won the coveted CBC Award for Programming Excellence for the best weekly show broadcast nationally. The judges noted that if they had to choose one hour of radio to take to a desert island, it would be "Writers & Company." "Writers & Company" also won the CBC excellence award in 2003.

In 2002, Eleanor Wachtel was named winner of the Jack Award for the promotion of Canadian books and authors.

Eleanor Wachtel has now received six honorary degrees, including a Doctor of Laws (2007), from Dalhousie University in Halifax; D. Litt. (2007) from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C.; D. Litt (2002) from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax; D.Litt. (2001) from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver; D.Litt. (2000) from Athabasca University in Alberta; and D.Litt.(1999) from St. Thomas University in Fredericton.

In 2005, she was named a Member of the Order of Canada.

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