[Elear'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 Elear 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. Elear Wachtel has been host of CBC Radio's Writers & Company since its inception in 1990.
Eleanor Wachtel was born and raised in Montreal, where she studied English literature at McGill University. Wachtel has worked as a Literary Commentator on CBC Stereo's State of the Arts, a writer-broadcaster for The Arts Tonight, a Toronto reporter for The Arts Report, as host of The Arts Tonight from 1996 to 2007 and has been host of CBC Radio's Writers & Company since its inception in 1990.