Ottawa writer and former CBC Radio journalist Elizabeth Hay was part of a particularly formidable shortlist in 2007 that included former winners M.G. Vassanji (a two-time Giller winner at that) and Michael Ondaatje.
Yet it was Hay's sometimes comic, sometimes tragic tale about a zany cast of characters at a small radio station in the Canadian North that won the jury over that year.
The jury (David Bergen, Camilla Gibb and Lorna Goodison) described Hay's Late Nights on Air
as a "splendid achievement" and considered it "in some ways a dazzling virtuoso praise song to Canada and things Canadian."
In the clip below, Hay talks to Sunday Edition host Michael Enright (before winning) about the inspiration behind her book, and how the Canadian North is just as much as a character in the
story as everyone else.
2007 Shortlist:Elizabeth Hay - Late Nights on Air
Michael Ondaatje - Divisadero
Daniel Poliquin - A Secret Between Us (translation by Donald Winkler)
M. G. Vassanji - The Assassin's Song
Alissa York - Effigy