was born and raised in Montreal,
where she studied English literature
at McGill University.
Wachtel lived in the United States
and Kenya, and then in the mid-'70s
worked as a freelance writer and
broadcaster in Vancouver.
Eleanor Wachtel has co-edited two
books: The Expo Story (1986),
and Language in Her Eye (1990),
and she is the co-author of A
Feminist Guide to the Canadian Constitution
(1992). For five years she was Adjunct
Professor of Women's Studies at
Simon Fraser University.
In the fall of 1987, Wachtel moved to Toronto to work full-time as
Literary Commentator on CBC Stereo's "State of the Arts", and then as
writer-broadcaster for "The Arts Tonight," and Toronto reporter for "The
Arts Report." She was host of "The Arts Tonight" from 1996 to 2007, and
has been host of CBC Radio's "Writers & Company" since 1990.
In 1993, Knopf Canada published
a selection of interviews called
Writers & Company; More Writers
& Company was published
in the fall of '96. In spring 2003,
HarperCollins brought out another
selection, Original Minds.
Eleanor Wachtel is a contributor
to the best-seller, Dropped Threads
(2001) co-edited by Carol Shields,
and Lost Classics (2000),
co-edited by Michael Ondaatje et
In 1995, "Writers & Company"
won the coveted CBC Award for Programming
Excellence for the best weekly show
broadcast nationally. The judges
noted that if they had to choose
one hour of radio to take to a desert
island, it would be "Writers
& Company." "Writers
& Company" also won the
CBC excellence award in 2003.
In 2002, Eleanor Wachtel was named
winner of the Jack Award for the
promotion of Canadian books and
Eleanor Wachtel has received four
honorary degrees: D.Litt.(1999)
from St. Thomas University in Fredericton;
D.Litt. (2000) from Athabasca University
in Alberta; D.Litt. (2001) from
the Emily Carr Institute of Art
and Design in Vancouver; and D.
Hum.Litt (2002) from Mount Saint
Vincent University in Halifax
Order of Canada
On February 8, 2005, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, announced appointments to the Order of Canada, and CBC Radio’s Eleanor Wachtel was named amongst the deserving and impressive list of recipients.