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Natasha Trethewey's Memorial Drive is a moving tribute to her mother's life

The Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet and author spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about writing a heartbreaking account of domestic abuse, grief and reckoning.

Dionne Brand, Margaret Drabble, Deborah Eisenberg & Andrew O'Hagan reflect on life and writing

2020 marks the 30th anniversary season of Writers & Company. This 2010 episode takes a look back at the 20th anniversary of the CBC radio program with a discussion moderated by Eleanor Wachtel.

Fatima Bhutto on her powerful and tragic political family and the lure of extremism for the young

The Pakistani journalist and writer spoke to Eleanor Wachtel about her novel The Runaways and her family’s painful legacy.

Mira Nair's adaptation of A Suitable Boy looks at family and political tensions in post-partition India

The Indian filmmaker spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about creating a screen adaptation of Vikram Seth's bestselling 1993 novel. A Suitable Boy had its North American premiere at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival.

Zadie Smith's latest book, Intimations, reflects deeply on isolation and injustice

The bestselling English author spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about writing a personal essay collection that examines our current time of isolation. 

How the tragic story of Shakespeare's son Hamnet inspired Maggie O'Farrell's prize-winning novel

The 30th anniversary season of Writers & Company begins with Eleanor Wachtel in conversation with British author Maggie O'Farrell about her novel Hamnet, winner of the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Ann Patchett on the true meaning of beauty and her prize-winning novel, Bel Canto

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the U.K.'s Women's Prize for Fiction. To celebrate that milestone, Writers & Company is revisiting interviews with past winners.

'Each novel is a journey.' Rose Tremain explores the exile experience in her vivid, engaging fiction

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the U.K.'s Women's Prize for Fiction. To celebrate that milestone, Writers & Company is revisiting interviews with past winners.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on why she can't stay silent

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the U.K.'s Women's Prize for Fiction, Writers & Company is revisiting interviews with past winners.

Ali Smith on art, adolescence and gender ambiguity in her time-bending novel, How To Be Both

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the U.K.'s Women's Prize for Fiction. To celebrate that milestone, Writers & Company is revisiting interviews with past winners.

Of mazes and men: Carol Shields explores both in Larry's Party

2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the UK’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. To celebrate that milestone, Writers & Company will be revisiting interviews with past winners.

P.D. James at 100: The thrills and mysteries of her life as a crime writer

Aug. 3, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of P.D. James, one of England's most celebrated crime writers. Writers & Company revisits Eleanor Wachtel’s 2000 conversation with the author, who died in 2014 at the age of 94.

The imaginative leaps of German filmmaker Wim Wenders

In this 2011 interview, the German director spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about making road movies, the magic of dance and his documentary about the late German choreographer Pina Bausch.

Opera superstar Jessye Norman reflects on political activism and her 50-year career in music

The gifted soprano spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about her life and work at the Toronto Reference Library in early 2019. Norman died on Sept. 30, 2019.

The legacy of Milton Glaser: Designer of the iconic I Love New York logo

Milton Glaser died on June 26. In this 2010 interview, the influential graphic designer spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about his profound experience of creating life through pictures.

Eva Hoffman on getting lost — and found — in time, language and memory

In this 2010 interview, the Polish-American author of Time and Lost in Translation spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about our ever-changing perception of time and place.

From The Book of Salt to The Sweetest Fruits, Monique Truong's fiction explores the hunger of the soul

The Vietnamese American novelist and essayist spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about her personal connection to the literary themes of food, hunger and displacement.

A life in movies: John Boorman on Point Blank, Deliverance and his new memoir, Conclusions

In conversation with Eleanor Wachtel, the British filmmaker reflects on the primal power of storytelling — and how modern cinema has evolved.

The enduring appeal of Charles Dickens: still entertaining us, 150 years later

British biographer and author Claire Tomalin spoke with Eleanor Wachtel in 2011 about why Dickens's fiction is still as popular as ever.

Jericho Brown's prize-winning poetry speaks with power and urgency about racism and violence

The American poet and 2020 Pulitzer Prize winner spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about his poetry collection The Tradition, the legacy of racial violence and hopes of finding justice in an unjust world.

The poet of solitude: How Emily Dickinson was fuelled by the light of her brilliant interior world 

American journalist and Dickinson scholar Martha Ackmann spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about the remarkable life and legacy of the influential 19th-century poet.

Flemish writer Stefan Hertmans pursues a tale of star-crossed love in the Middle Ages

Hertmans spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about The Convert, a tragic story of forbidden lovers set at the time of the Crusades.

Sharon Olds on the joy and peril of writing deeply personal poetry

The Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet spoke with Eleanor Wachtel at the Vancouver Writers Festival in 2016. Olds is among the nominees for the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize.

Zimbabwe's Petina Gappah casts new light on David Livingstone's search for the source of the Nile

The Zimbabwean lawyer and writer spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about her fascination with the 19th-century explorer and his obsession with one of the world’s longest waterways.

Two-time Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel wraps up her blockbuster Tudor trilogy with The Mirror & the Light

The English writer spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about saying goodbye to Thomas Cromwell.

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