"[Eleanor's] sense of respect, her tact, her utter lack of obsequiousness . . . and her uncanny ability to ask difficult questions . . . have endeared her to readers and listeners."—Carol Shields
Eleanor Wachtel is one of the English-speaking world's most respected interviewers. This book, celebrating her show's twenty-five-year anniversary, presents her best conversations from the show, including Jonathan Franzen, Alice Munro, J.M. Coetzee, Zadie Smith, W.G. Sebald, Toni Morrison, Seamus Heaney, and nearly a dozen others who share their views on process and the writing life.
Eleanor Wachtel has been host of CBC Radio's Writers & Company since its inception in 1990.
Fans of Wachtel's CBC Radio show, Writers & Company, know her as a superb journalist with an unbridled passion for literature. This book, celebrating her show's 25th anniversary, is a collection of her interviews with 15 prominent authors, including Edwidge Danticat, Doris Lessing, and Toni Morrison. Wachtel's on-air manner gently prodding, thoughtful and encouraging has helped her to elicit profound responses from even her most reticent interview subjects. The breadth of her research is evident in her questions, and the interviews offer readers deep insights into the authors' backgrounds, inspirations, fears, and dreams plus, of course, the books they write. Wachtel's radio interviews have the warm intimacy of a conversation, but this collection in print offers readers something to hold on to and is a useful reference to keep alongside favorite books. It will also be a boon for students studying any of these writers' works.