Late Nights on Air

Ottawa writer Elizabeth Hay has won the Giller Prize, Canada’s richest literary award, for her book Late Nights on Air.

The $40,000 Giller Prize was handed out at a gala in Toronto Tuesday evening.

Hay, 55, describes her own book as “a man hears a voice on the radio and falls in love.”

Late Nights on Air is the sometimes comic, sometimes tragic tale centered on the cast of characters at a small radio station in the Canadian North.

She says it is not autobiographical, though it has elements from her own experience working as a CBC Radio journalist in Yellowknife in the 1970s.

The Giller Prize was created in 1994 by businessman Jack Rabinovitch in honor of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller.

Two years ago, Scotiabank became a sponsor and boosted total prize money from $40,000 to $50,000. Each of the finalists receives $2,500.

Another book for my Must Have winter reads.

[top photo: Elizabeth Hay with author Alice Munro]


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

4 thoughts on “Late Nights on Air”

  1. Hi. I followed you over from Richard’s (Streetcar’s) place. Love the writing, love the photography, love the blog. Just wanted to say so.

  2. I missed most of the award ceremony but did get to watch the final 10 or so. I’m thrilled for her and wasn’t Alice Munrose absolutely thrilled for her as well?! I love to see that kind of comraderie among peers.

    I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog so far … I don’t have a lot of extra time so I don’t always get to check out new blogs very often. Delighted to have found your … I’m going to add a link if you don’t mind.

    Warm regards from chilly Alberta,

    Diane at Sand to Glass

    PS: I have that same quote on my automated email (Buddha)!

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