Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson and International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winner Colm Tóibín sit down with the CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel for a riveting discussion about their most recent works.
This event is part of CBC@IFOA, a curated series featuring some of the public broadcaster’s top hosts in conversation with renowned and debut authors.
Marilynne Robinson is the author of the novels Home, Gilead (winner of the Pulitzer Prize) and Housekeeping, and four books of non-fiction, When I Was a Child I Read Books, Mother Country, The Death of Adam and Absence of Mind. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Robinson presents Lila, an unforgettable story of a girlhood living on the fringes of society in fear, awe and wonder.
Colm Tóibín is the award-winning author of seven internationally acclaimed novels, including the Booker finalist The Blackwater Lightship, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winner The Master and the Costa Novel Award winner Brooklyn. Tóibín presents his latest novel, Nora Webster. Set in a small town in Ireland in the 1960s, it is the compelling tale of a too-young widow and mother of four who moves from grief, fear and longing to unexpected discovery.
Eleanor Wachtel is the host and co-founder of CBC Radio’s Writers & Company, as well as CBC's Wachtel on the Arts. This spring, in honour of W & C's 25th anniversary, Wachtel's fifth book, The Best of Writers & Company, a new selection of interviews, will be published. Wachtel has been widely recognized for her contributions to Canadian cultural life, having received eight honorary degrees and Officer of the Order of Canada.