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  1. Turkish American novelist Elif Batuman on finding—and losing—yourself in fiction2022/06/19
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  2. James Runcie on the beauty, sorrow and genius of Johann Sebastian Bach2022/06/12
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  3. Natalie Haynes on the fantastic and fearsome women of Greek myth2022/06/05
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  4. Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier on life, love, and The Worst Person in the World2022/05/29
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  5. Jamaica Kincaid on family, place and the beauty of language2022/05/22
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  6. Kiese Laymon bears the weight of a difficult past in his powerful memoir, Heavy2022/05/15
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  7. The Art of Silence: How Marcel Marceau touched hearts and saved lives without words2022/05/07
    The world-famous French mime is the subject of a new documentary exploring Marceau's life and legacy — from Resistance hero during the Second World War, to inspiring generations of artists. The Art of Silence, a film by Maurizius Staerkle Drux, is part of the 2022 Hot Docs Film Festival.
  8. John Keats, the ultimate Romantic poet: an intriguing new take on his life from Lucasta Miller2022/05/01
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  9. Claire Keegan’s Small Things Like These is a story of moral crisis, heroism and the human heart2022/04/24
    Claire Keegan's beautifully wrought fiction is remarkable for its subtlety and emotional depth. Her new novel, Small Things Like These, has won high praise and was on many best-of-the-year lists in Britain. Set during a time of economic hardship and the authority of the Catholic Church in 1980s Ireland, Small Things Like These is a moving story of complicity and human decency.
  10. The unbridled brilliance of Stephen Fry: the versatile English performer chronicles his own life2022/04/17
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  11. Ocean Vuong embraces life after loss in his new book of poems, Time Is a Mother2022/04/10
    In this Canadian exclusive interview, Vietnamese-American poet and novelist Ocean Vuong talks to Eleanor Wachtel about his highly anticipated new collection, a meditation on love, grief, and finding a way forward after the death of his mother.
  12. Legendary filmmaker Liv Ullmann on acting, directing and her special bond with Ingmar Bergman2022/04/03
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  13. From child actor to award-winning filmmaker: Sarah Polley tells her own story in her powerful new book2022/03/27
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  14. Jason Mott celebrates the Black imagination in his surprising, moving, Hell of a Book2022/03/20
    From tall tales to The Twilight Zone, Jason Mott likes stories about the real world turned slightly on its ear. His latest novel, Hell of a Book, is a bold mix of absurdist farce and powerful reflections on racism and police violence. Strikingly original and remarkably affecting, it won the 2021 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.
  15. Min Jin Lee on the untold story of Koreans in Japan2022/03/13
    Korean-American writer Min Jin Lee's novel, Pachinko, draws on the experiences of Koreans living in Japan during the 20th century, most of whom were born and grew up there, but are still classified as "resident aliens." It was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2017 and is now an Apple TV + mini-series. This interview originally aired on October 29, 2017.
  16. Israeli graphic novelist Rutu Modan finds inspiration in current realities and family secrets2022/03/06
    Rutu Modan's comics have appeared in magazines and periodicals around the world, and her full-length graphic novels--inspired by real events and family history--have won major awards. Her latest book, Tunnels, is a witty, political, adventure about an archaeological dig in the West Bank. It features rivalries and conflicts that mirror the complexity of contemporary Israeli life.
  17. Percival Everett's The Trees imagines a world where the horrors of lynching are avenged2022/02/27
    In 1955, the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Money, Mississippi brought nationwide attention to racial violence and injustice. The perpetrators were never punished. But in Percival Everett’s powerful new novel, The Trees, that history comes back to haunt Money’s white townsfolk, in a wave of retribution for the brutal legacy of lynching in the American South.
  18. The legacy of Joan Didion: the influential stylist inspired generations of writers2022/02/20
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  19. Chinese writer Yan Ge finds solace in creating literary worlds2022/02/13
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  20. Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu brought a spiritual dimension to South Africa's liberation struggle2022/02/06
    The beloved hero of the anti-apartheid movement died last December at the age of 90. He served as co-chair of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, an experience he looked back on in his book No Future Without Forgiveness. Tutu spoke to Eleanor Wachtel in 2001
  21. Nadifa Mohamed imagines the life of a Somali man wrongfully executed in her novel The Fortune Men2022/01/30
    Somali-British writer Nadifa Mohamed's latest novel, The Fortune Men, is based on the true story of Mahmood Mattan, a Somali seaman who was executed in 1952 in Cardiff, Wales, for a murder he didn't commit. The book was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and Costa Best Novel Award.
  22. Quiara Alegria Hudes on her journey to writing the hit musical In the Heights2022/01/23
    Pulitzer Prize-winner Quiara Alegria Hudes is best known for her collaboration with Lin-Manuel Miranda to create the popular musical and feature film, In the Heights. In her new memoir, My Broken Language, she explores the intersection of identity and language, in relation to home.
  23. U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo pays homage to art and ancestors in her new memoir, Poet Warrior2022/01/16
    A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Joy Harjo's work is a powerful mix of the spiritual and political. In Poet Warrior, she reflects on both the joys and harsh realities of her early life and how she found refuge in poetry, music and art.
  24. Damon Galgut probes South Africa’s troubled history in his Booker Prize winner, The Promise2022/01/09
    South African writer Damon Galgut follows a white Pretoria family through the dismantling of Apartheid in his 2021 Booker Prize-winning novel, The Promise. It was praised by the judges as "a spectacular demonstration of how the novel can make us see and think afresh."
  25. Sarah Broom on family bonds and the meaning of home in her award-winning memoir, The Yellow House2022/01/02
    In her National Book Award-winning memoir, Sarah Broom explores the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans in 2005, putting her mother's house at the centre of her story. She joined Eleanor for this conversation in 2020.
  26. Tash Aw on the dark side of the modern Asian dream2021/12/26
    The Paris-based author returned to his native Malaysia to tell a haunting tale of migration and murder in his most recent novel, We, The Survivors. Tash Aw spoke to Eleanor onstage at the Vancouver Writers Festival in 2019.
Writers and Company from CBC Radio
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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