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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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20170423_37997.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20170416_43795.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20170409_63120.mp3




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."


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20170402_84117.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20170326_53560.mp3




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."


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20170319_71148.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20170312_44274.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20170305_56353.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20170226_97428.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20170219_20351.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20170212_20245.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20170205_65949.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20170129_67141.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20170122_73815.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20170115_61769.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20170108_12842.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20170101_99930.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20161227_45915.mp3




Jamaican novelist Marlon James on writing into a new life

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

From 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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20161218_52016.mp3




Geoff Dyer on the upside of disappointing travel

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Eleanor 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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20161211_67593.mp3




'You must change your life.' Biographer Rachel Corbett on Rilke and Rodin

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Eleanor speaks with biographer Rachel Corbett about the unlikely - and influential - friendship between German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, and French sculptor Auguste Rodin.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20161204_29504.mp3




Christopher Kloeble & Francesca Melandri on facing Europe's history - through fiction

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Eleanor 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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20161127_70679.mp3




Alain Mabanckou on his profound connection to The Republic of Congo — and his mom.

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT

From 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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20161120_32955.mp3




Zadie Smith on dance, Black British identity, and her new novel, 'Swing Time'

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Eleanor 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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20161113_94733.mp3




Ha Jin on writing in English, and why he can't go back to China

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 04:00:00 GMT

Eleanor 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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20161106_91160.mp3




Sharon Olds at Vancouver Writers Fest

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT

Eleanor 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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/writersandco_20161030_61456.mp3