Sun, 26 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMTEleanor 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.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMTEleanor 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.
Sun, 12 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMTEleanor 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.
Sun, 05 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMTWhat 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.
Sun, 29 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMTEleanor 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.
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMTEleanor 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.
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMTDutch 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.
Sun, 08 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMTEleanor 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.
Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMTFrom 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.
Mon, 26 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMTEleanor'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.
Sun, 18 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMTFrom 2015, Eleanor's conversation with Marlon James, the first Jamaican ever to win the Man Booker Prize. His novel, "A Brief History of Seven Killings", revolves around an assassination attempt on reggae superstar, Bob Marley.
Sun, 11 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMTEleanor welcomes back one of Britain's wittiest and most audacious writers, Geoff Dyer. His latest book — a collection of essays called "White Sands" — is a humorous examination of travel, impermanence, and thwarted expectations.
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMTEleanor speaks with biographer Rachel Corbett about the unlikely - and influential - friendship between German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, and French sculptor Auguste Rodin.
Sun, 27 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMTEleanor speaks with Germany's Christopher Kloeble and Italy's Francesca Melandri onstage at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto. The novelists discuss the effects of history and current political climates on their work... and lives.
Sun, 20 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMTFrom the Vancouver Writers Festival, Eleanor speaks with Congolese-French writer, Alain Mabanckou. Imaginative and original, his books are charming explorations of childhood, family and country.
Sun, 13 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMTEleanor speaks with one of fiction's most exciting voices, British novelist Zadie Smith. The beloved author of 'White Teeth' and 'NW' has a new novel, 'Swing Time' - about fame, female friendship, and tap dancing.
Sun, 06 Nov 2016 04:00:00 GMTEleanor speaks with Chinese-American writer, Ha Jin. Winner of the National Book Award and the Pen-Faulkner Prize, Jin talks about his new novel, "The Boat Rocker"; writing in English; and why he's not able to return to China.
Sun, 30 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMTEleanor speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds, on stage at the 2016 Vancouver Writers Festival. Olds is known for her intensely personal, emotionally scathing verse. Her new book, "Odes", is a celebration of the ordinary.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMTEleanor speaks with Swedish naturalist and cultural critic, Fredrik Sjöberg. His delightful, three-volume memoir about collecting hoverflies received a 2016 "Ig Nobel" Prize - awarded to unusual achievements that make people laugh... then think.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMTA look at the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan. Eleanor speaks with one of England's foremost critics, Christopher Ricks, on the man he regards as "the greatest living user of the English language."
Sun, 09 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom the Appalachian South and the mountains of Virginia, American author Lee Smith. Her latest novel was inspired by Zelda Fitzgerald. And she has a new memoir, “Dimestore" - about the people and places that inspired her fiction.
Sun, 02 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMTEleanor speaks with Vietnamese-American author Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for his debut novel, "The Sympathizer." Viet talks about his family's harrowing escape from Saigon, and how his dual identity influences his life and work.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTEleanor speaks with one of England’s greatest living poets, Alice Oswald, about combining her love of classics with her love of the natural world, and about her new book, "Falling Awake" - a finalist for the 2016 Forward Prize for Poetry.
Sun, 18 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTWhat if the Underground Railroad really was a network of secret trains that brought runaway slaves to freedom? That's the premise of Colson Whitehead's acclaimed novel, "The Underground Railroad." He speaks with Eleanor about blending fact and fiction.
Sun, 11 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTOn the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11, Eleanor speaks with novelist Karan Mahajan about his powerful book, "The Association of Small Bombs." Centered around a bomb attack in a New Delhi market, the novel explores grief, politics and terrorism.
Sun, 04 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTA look back at Eleanor's onstage interview with Irish writer Nuala O'Faolain in Victoria in 2003. Best known for her stunningly honest memoir "Are You Somebody", O'Faolain is as candid and as comical as ever in this hilarious conversation.