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]