Writers and Company from CBC Radio show

Writers and Company from CBC Radio

Summary: CBC Radio's Writers and Company offers an opportunity to explore in depth the lives, thoughts and works of remarkable writers from around the world. Hosted by Eleanor Wachtel.

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 Zadie Smith on the ups and downs of female friendship in Swing Time | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:03:11

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.

 Ruth Ozeki, Chris Abani and Tash Aw on faces and identity | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:59:52

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.

 Roddy Doyle on telling the stories of Dublin's working class - with wit and sensibility | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:51:19

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.

 Marlon James on writing himself into a new life | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:52:50

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.

 'I don't believe in God, but I miss him.' Julian Barnes on why he puts his faith in stories | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:52:42

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

 Pat Barker on how her grandfather's war wound inspired her WWI trilogy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:53:02

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.

 J. M. Coetzee on language, writing and the pleasure of reading | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:53:11

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.

 Aravind Adiga paints a relentlessly bleak, yet surprisingly comic picture of modern India | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:52:22

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.

 Peter Carey reimagines the life and death of Australian outlaw Ned Kelly | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:53:07

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

 Hilary Mantel vies for Golden Man Booker Award with Tudor novel, Wolf Hall | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:53:44

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.

 In Warlight, Michael Ondaatje explores family secrets and betrayal | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:54:08

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

 Danzy Senna's darkly comic take on racial identity | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:55:30

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.

 Jonas Hassen Khemiri crosses borders through words and imagination | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:53:38

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.

 The incomparable Philip Roth: looking back on his life in fiction | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:55:15

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.

 Rachel Kushner examines California's prison system in her new novel, The Mars Room | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:55:45

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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