Born and raised in Montreal, ELEANOR WACHTEL is a highly-esteemed writer and broadcaster whose work has earned her four honorary degrees. She is a Member of the Order of Canada. Wachtel has hosted CBC Radio’s “Writers & Company” since its inception in 1990 and “The Arts Tonight” until it went off the air in early 2007. Both programs have won the CBC Award for best network show. She has co-edited and co-authored a number of books, including two collections of interviews called Original Minds and More Writers & Company. Her new book, Random Illuminations (Goose Lane), is a memoir detailing her lively friendship with Carol Shields. Wachtel lives in Toronto.