Eleanor Wachtel chats with acclaimed Hungarian author, translator, dramatist and visual artist András Forgách. Thirty years after the fall of communism in Hungary, Forgách investigated his family’s past only to discover that his mother was a spy for the Kadar regime who had informed on her family and friends. Forgách will elaborate on this story, as captured in his new novel The Acts of My Mother.
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Erin Balser is a writer and producer with CBC Books and Canada Reads. She is a regular columnist for several CBC shows and her work has aired on CBC Radio One’s As It Happens, Q, The Next Chapter and Here and Now. Balser is also the author of two books about television.
For decades, writer and translator András Forgách has been a recognized and respected figure in Hungarian public life. A prize-winning writer and literary translator, he is also a screenwriter, playwright and visual artist whose works have won numerous awards in his native Hungary and have been adapted for film. This author is supported by the Consulate General of Hungary in Toronto.
Over 27 years as host of “Writers & Company” on CBC Radio, Eleanor Wachtel has earned a reputation as of the world’s best interviewers. In 2011, “Writers & Company”won a silver medal at the prestigious New York Festivals International Radio Awards. Eleanor herself has earned numerous accolades, including nine honorary degrees from universities across Canada. In 2004, she was appointed Member of the Order of Canada and in 2014, she was promoted to Officer of the Order of Canada. Eleanor was born and raised in Montreal, where she studied English literature at McGill University. Over her 40 years in broadcasting, she has dedicated her career to telling the stories of those who tell stories, engaging the world’s best and most influential artists in intimate, illuminating conversations.