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Sherman Alexie on his bittersweet relationship with his mother

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Eleanor speaks with Native American writer Sherman Alexie about his memoir, "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me." The book focuses on his complicated relationship with his mother, and his difficult upbringing on a Spokane reservation in Washington state.

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Naturalist Charles Foster says living like a badger helped him understand humans

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Eleanor speaks with English writer, professor, veterinarian and barrister, Charles Foster. His latest book, "Being a Beast", is a quest to see the world through the senses of five different animal species.

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British novelist Rose Tremain on love, heroism and the Swiss soul

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Eleanor speaks with Orange Prize-winning author Rose Tremain about her latest novel, "The Gustav Sonata" — an exploration of political and personal neutrality set in Switzerland before and after the Second World War.

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Novelist Tayeb Salih on culture and conflict in the Sudan

Sun, 28 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

From 2002, Eleanor's conversation with the late Sudanese novelist Tayeb Salih, one of the foremost writers of the Arab world. His 1967 novel "Season of Migration to the North" has been called the most important Arabic novel of the 20th Century.

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Helen Macdonald on grief, dreams and birds of prey

Sun, 21 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Eleanor speaks with England's Helen Macdonald about her best-selling memoir, "H is for Hawk". In this interview from 2015, Macdonald discusses how she dealt with her father's sudden death by training a goshawk — the fiercest, wildest bird of prey.

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Voice and identity in America: Francisco Goldman, Imbolo Mbue and David Treuer

Sun, 14 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Francisco Goldman, Imbolo Mbue and David Treuer reflect on cultural collision in the United States. Eleanor sat down with the three prize-winning writers on stage at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival in Montreal.

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Anita Desai - winner of the 2017 Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival's Grand Prix

Sun, 07 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

In front of a live audience in Montreal, at the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, Eleanor speaks with the festival's Grand Prix winner, Anita Desai, about her life and the award-winning books she's written over more than fifty years.

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Paula Fox on tackling the book of her own life

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A look back at Eleanor's conversation with American novelist and children's book author Paula Fox from 2002. Paula Fox died last month at age 93. In this interview, she discusses her memoir, "Borrowed Finery".

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George Saunders on love, war, and the American presidency

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Eleanor sits down with American writer George Saunders onstage at the Toronto Reference Library. The master of the short story talks about writing his first novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo", which unfolds in a graveyard over a single night in 1862.

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Nobel laureate Derek Walcott on voice, place, and finding home

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Eleanor Wachtel's 2006 conversation with the Nobel Prize-winning poet Derek Walcott, who died in March at the age of 87. Walcott was known for poetry that bridged cultures and traditions, making links between his Caribbean and European heritage.

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Robert Lepage revisits his childhood during Quebec's cultural revolution

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Eleanor speaks with Canadian theatre visionary, Robert Lepage. World-renowned for his highly innovative, multimedia productions, his latest work, "887", explores childhood memories in a divided Quebec.

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French-Syrian cartoonist Riad Sattouf captures his childhood in full colour

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Eleanor speaks with the award-winning comic artist about growing up in Syria, Libya and France, and his bestselling graphic memoir, "The Arab of the Future."

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Elif Batuman on her love affair with Russian literature

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Eleanor talks to Turkish-American writer Elif Batuman about her infatuation with Russian literature, and her debut novel, "The Idiot", a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story about language and romance in the year 1995.

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Joan Didion on the evolving nature of grief

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT

In this conversation from 2005, legendary American novelist and journalist Joan Didion talks to Eleanor about the deaths of both her husband and daughter, and about writing her heartbreaking memoir, "The Year of Magical Thinking."

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Hari Kunzru on racism, politics, and the blues

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Eleanor speaks with British-Indian novelist and journalist, Hari Kunzru. His latest book, "White Tears", addresses the dark history of exploitation and greed in American blues music.

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Filmmaker Olivier Assayas on ghosts, real and imagined

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Eleanor Wachtel speaks with the French filmmaker about his roots, his obsessions, and his new film "Personal Shopper", starring Kristen Stewart.

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Yiyun Li on the Tiananmen Square massacre and her novel Kinder Than Solitude

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Eleanor talks with Chinese-American author Yiyun Li about her 2014 novel Kinder Than Solitude, set in the shadow of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and inspired by real life events.

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Sebastian Barry on his latest book Days Without End and how his family's history inspires his fiction

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Eleanor speaks with Irish novelist Sebastian Barry about his family's influence on his fiction and his latest, award-winning book, Days Without End. It follows the story of a young Irish-American immigrant who becomes a soldier in 19th century America.

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David J. Skal on the enduring appeal of Dracula

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Eleanor speaks with author, filmmaker and cultural historian David J. Skal about the undying legacy of Dracula, and the untold story of the man who created him - Bram Stoker.

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Lara Vapnyar on life and death in the age of social media

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT

What if the dead could still talk to the living? Eleanor Wachtel speaks with Russian-American author Lara Vapnyar, whose latest novel "Still Here" explores life, death and social media among four immigrants to New York.

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Adam Hochschild on learning from dark moments in history

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Eleanor speaks with American historian and journalist, Adam Hochschild. The author of the groundbreaking bestseller "King Leopold's Ghost" has a powerful new book, "Spain in Our Hearts" - about American volunteers in the Spanish Civil War.

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Jo Baker on imagining the story beneath the story

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Eleanor speaks with English author Jo Baker. Her bestselling novel "Longbourn" is a retelling of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" — from the servants' perspective. Her latest novel goes behind the scenes with Samuel Beckett.

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Dutch writer Tommy Wieringa on what it means to be "home"

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Dutch novelist Tommy Wieringa is one of the bestselling literary authors in Dutch history. His powerful novel "These Are the Names" explores enduring questions of faith, identity and belonging.

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Playwright David Hare on why some opinions are better than others

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Eleanor speaks with English playwright, screenwriter and director Sir David Hare about writing the screenplay for "Denial" - a new film starring Rachel Weisz - and turning the spotlight on his own life in a revealing memoir.

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Mohsin Hamid on "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia"

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

From 2014, Eleanor speaks with Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid, author of the hit novel, "The Reluctant Fundamentalist". His recent book - "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia" - explores ambition, corruption and the disruptive effects of urbanization.

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Malcolm Gladwell on underdogs, outliers, and the power of limitations

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Eleanor's conversation with Malcolm Gladwell, on stage at McGill University in 2013. In his latest book, "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants", Gladwell challenges the way we think about obstacles and disadvantages.

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