Writers & Company

 
 

Writers & Company

Host Eleanor Wachtel explores the lives, thoughts and works of remarkable writers from around the world. Writers and Company

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Elliot Ackerman on the scars that remain once the battle is over

After serving five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, American author Elliot Ackerman uses fiction to explore the devastating impacts of war. He talks to Eleanor Wachtel about his powerful new novel, Waiting for Eden.

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Jeet Thayil on Baudelaire, drug addiction and his provocative novel, Narcopolis

The prize-winning Indian author spoke with Eleanor Wachtel in 2013 about Mumbai's opium dens, recovering from substance abuse and the beauty of poetry.

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Lee Child on Jack Reacher and his larger-than-life crime thriller series

The bestselling author spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about "Past Tense," the latest book in his phenomenally successful Jack Reacher series.

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Laurie Anderson on language, story and losing her archives to Hurricane Sandy

The iconic musician and artist talks to Eleanor Wachtel about her early life; the New York arts scene of the 1970s and '80s; meeting her husband, Lou Reed; and why losing everything in the floods of Hurricane Sandy came as a blessing in disguise.

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Poet Terrance Hayes examines race and politics in the age of Trump

In his powerful new collection, 'American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin,' Hayes responds to the election of Donald Trump and the tense social climate that has emerged in the U.S. The book is a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry.

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Amitava Kumar on India, the U.S. and the indelible imprint of the immigrant experience

The journalist and novelist talked to Eleanor Wachtel about his new book 'Immigrant, Montana' which blends fiction and autobiography in a story about a young Indian man navigating college life in the United States.

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Kathryn Harrison on how her grandparents saved her from a broken childhood

From her painful relationship with her mother, to her sexual affair with her father, Kathryn Harrison's memoirs explore her troubled past with remarkable honesty and insight. Now her new book, On Sunset, tells the story of the unusual, well-travelled grandparents who raised her.

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Michael Winterbottom on the epic journey of his career in film

From the Toronto International Film Festival, Eleanor Wachtel speaks with the English director about the literary influences in his work, his attraction to road movies, and the making of his latest film, The Wedding Guest.

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Lawrence Osborne on re-imagining Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler's iconic sleuth

The English novelist and journalist talks to Eleanor Wachtel from his home in Bangkok about drawing inspiration from his nomadic lifestyle, and reinventing a literary icon in his new book, 'Only to Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Novel.'

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Teju Cole, Madeleine Thien and Dionne Brand on the places and spaces that inspire their writing

The celebrated writers joined Eleanor Wachtel on stage in Toronto for a discussion about the significance of location in literature.

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Zadie Smith on the ups and downs of female friendship in Swing Time

The award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty discusses friendship and rivalry in her most recent novel, and her lifelong attraction to musical films.

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Ruth Ozeki, Chris Abani and Tash Aw on faces and identity

Three writers were invited to contribute essays to a series called The Face - a look at how our faces do, and don't, reveal who we are. In 2016, they talked to Eleanor Wachtel about the deeply personal experience of writing those pieces.

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Roddy Doyle on telling the stories of Dublin's working class - with wit and sensibility

After winning the Man Booker Prize in 1993 for his novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, the Irish writer talked to Eleanor Wachtel about tackling the topic of domestic violence in The Woman Who Walked Into Doors.

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Marlon James on writing himself into a new life

Marlon James won the Man Booker Prize in 2015, becoming the first Jamaican ever to receive the award. Here he talks to Eleanor Wachtel about his prize-winning novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, and how writing has allowed him to create a new reality.

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'I don't believe in God, but I miss him.' Julian Barnes on why he puts his faith in stories

The celebrated English writer talked to Eleanor Wachtel in 2011, shortly after winning the Man Booker Prize for The Sense of an Ending.

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Pat Barker on how her grandfather's war wound inspired her WWI trilogy

The English novelist talked to Eleanor Wachtel in 1997 about her powerful 'Regeneration' trilogy, which explored the impact of trench warfare on soldiers in World War I. The trilogy's final novel, 'The Ghost Road,' won the 1995 Man Booker Prize.

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J. M. Coetzee on language, writing and the pleasure of reading

A rare conversation with the South African writer and Nobel Prize laureate. Coetzee talked to Eleanor Wachtel in 2000, soon after winning the Man Booker Prize for a second time, for his novel Disgrace.

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Aravind Adiga paints a relentlessly bleak, yet surprisingly comic picture of modern India

The Indian novelist stunned the literary world in 2008 when he won the Man Booker Prize for his very first novel, The White Tiger - a fiercely irreverent take on class and social injustice in modern India.

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Peter Carey reimagines the life and death of Australian outlaw Ned Kelly

Australian novelist Peter Carey spoke with Eleanor Wachtel in 2001 about his second Man Booker Prize-winning novel, True History of the Kelly Gang.

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Hilary Mantel vies for Golden Man Booker Award with Tudor novel, Wolf Hall

The two-time Booker winner talked to Eleanor in 2012 about her novels exploring the reign of Henry VIII. Wolf Hall is shortlisted for the special 50th anniversary Golden Man Booker Award, to be announced July 8, 2018.

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In Warlight, Michael Ondaatje explores family secrets and betrayal

The Canadian literary icon joined Eleanor Wachtel onstage at the Rialto Theatre in Montreal. His new novel, Warlight, is being hailed as a masterpiece.

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Danzy Senna's darkly comic take on racial identity

The American novelist draws on her experience growing up in an interracial family in her edgy, prize-winning fiction. In her latest novel, New People, she writes with insight and subversive humour about what it means to be half-black and half-white.

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Jonas Hassen Khemiri crosses borders through words and imagination

The Swedish novelist and playwright has received international acclaim for his innovative, politically charged work. Khemiri spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about his latest novel, "Everything I Don't Remember," onstage at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival in Montreal.

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The incomparable Philip Roth: looking back on his life in fiction

The acclaimed American author of novels such as Portnoy's Complaint and The Plot Against America died on May 22, 2018. He spoke with Eleanor Wachtel in 2009 at his apartment in New York City.

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Rachel Kushner examines California's prison system in her new novel, The Mars Room

One of the most dynamic American novelists writing today, Rachel Kushner has a new novel, The Mars Room, which centres on a former stripper and single mother serving two life sentences in a California prison.

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Looking back at Tom Wolfe, groundbreaking author and journalist

Regarded as a pioneer of New Journalism, the American author, journalist and essayist died on May 14 at the age of 88. He spoke with Eleanor Wachtel in 2005 about his novel, I Am Charlotte Simmons.

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