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Wednesday, November 7, 2007 11:55 am
Hay Wins the Giller
Posted by: Keir Graff

Elizabeth Hay has won the Giller Prize for her novel, Late Nights on Air (McClelland & Stewart, 2007). From Reuters (“Former broadcaster wins Canada’s top literary prize“):

A novel by a former radio broadcaster in Canada‘s north won the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s most lucrative and prestigious prize for fiction.

Elizabeth Hay’s “Late Nights on Air” details the loves and rivalries of a cast of eccentric characters at a small radio station in Yellowknife, near Canada’s Arctic.

“I feel very lucky, so lucky in fact that I will probably be hit by a truck tomorrow so it is important that I say my thank-you’s now,” said Hay, who was previously nominated for the prize in 2000 for “A Student of Weather.”

She’ll take home $40,000 Canadian, which goes a lot farther than it used to. It won’t be long before U.S. authors are wishing they were paid in Loonies.

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