Writers & Companywith Eleanor Wachtel


4 reasons why J.K. Rowling is the only person who could have created Harry Potter

In this interview from Writers & Company in 2000, Eleanor Wachtel talks to J.K. Rowling about the complex world of magic in the Harry Potter series.

Listen to Writers & Company's special summer series with Man Booker Prize winners

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Britain's most important literary award, Writers & Company is airing past interviews with previous winners throughout the summer.

​Jonas Hassen Khemiri crosses borders through words and imagination​

Swedish novelist and playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri has received international acclaim for his innovative, politically charged work. His latest novel, Everything I Don't Remember, received Sweden's top literary prize.
From the archives

The nuances of sex, class and religion in American society, according to the late Tom Wolfe

Looking back at the writing from the Man in the White Suit in this 2005 interview with Eleanor Wachtel.

Listen to Writers & Company's special series on the Nordic imagination

Over four episodes, Eleanor Wachtel explores the popularity of Nordic fiction through interviews with Hans Rosenfeldt, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Dorthe Nors and Hallgrimur Helgason.

Eleanor Wachtel's notes from Stockholm

For a special series on the Nordic imagination, Eleanor Wachtel travelled to Stockholm, Sweden to learn more about the city that inspires such ominous fiction.

Eleanor Wachtel reflects on the life and legacy of Muriel Spark, on the centenary of her birth

Eleanor interviewed the late British author, best known for her novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, on Writers & Company in 1999.
Special Podcast

James McBride on the complicated history of race in the United States

The bestselling author examines the racial tensions in national and personal narratives.

Ursula K. Le Guin explored the nature of reality through her imaginative fiction

Known for award-winning fantasy and science fiction, the late author crafted imaginative worlds that explore real-life ideas of compassion, reason, gender and morality.

Ai Weiwei on global resistance and the transformative power of art

The Chinese artist, recipient of the 2017 Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship, spoke with CBC's Eleanor Wachtel in 2016 about how everyone has a role to play in making positive change in the world.

Margarethe von Trotta on telling the story of Germany through the eyes of women

Eleanor Wachtel speaks to revered filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta about highlighting controversial women in German history.

Eleanor's travel blog: Brazil

(5-part series airing April 15 - May 4, 2014) Brazil is not just a country of soccer fans. Eleanor went there to speak with the country's best filmmakers and writers.

Eleanor's Travel Diary: Chile

5 part series aired April 4 - May 2, 2010

Hay Festival in Cartagena

Read Eleanor's description of her time in beautiful Cartagena, Colombia....

Eleanor's travel blog: Greece

(5-part series airing 7 April - 5 May 2013) Eleanor Wachtel travelled to Greece in March to meet with some of the country's most prominent thinkers and authors as part of a special series about the complex and challenging situation there.

Eleanor's travel blog: Jaipur

(3-part series airing 10 February - 24 February, 2013) In this special travel blog, Wachtel describes her journey to the Jaipur Literature Festival, held each year at the grand Diggi Palace, and explain why it's one of the most unique experiences anywhere.

Eleanor's travel blog: Sri Lanka

(5-part series airing Feb. 19 - March 18)

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

The American musician and storyteller spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about her book All the Things I Lost in the Flood.

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

The academic and author spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about his provocative new novel, Immigrant, Montana.

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

The American author spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about her new memoir, On Sunset.

Michael Winterbottom on the epic journey of his career in film

The English filmmaker spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about his new movie, The Wedding Guest, and using cinema as a means to explore the world.

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

The British novelist spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about writing the quintessential hard-boiled detective's final case.

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

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

Writers & Company's new season begins on Sunday, Sept. 9

Find out how you can tune in to the radio show that features some of the world's most distinguished writers.

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

The author of White Teeth and On Beauty talks to Eleanor Wachtel about her most recent novel, and discusses essays from her new collection, Feel Free.