Late Nights on Air

Elizabeth Hay's Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning novel is a fictionalized account of her time as a CBC radio journalist.

Elizabeth Hay

An ensemble cast of richly drawn characters animates this evocative novel, set at a small radio station in the Far North in the 1970s. In the course of the narrative, Elizabeth Hay explores their hopes, longings and losses, and what brought each of them to the North. Late Nights on Air is a quietly captivating novel about the power of love, landscape and storytelling.

Late Nights on Air won the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

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From the book

It was the beginning of June, the start of the long, golden summer of 1975 when northern light held that little radio station in the large palm of its hand. Eleanor Dew was behind the receptionist's desk and behind clever Eleanor was the studio. She looked up, surprised. Harry rarely darkened the station door except at night when he came in to do the late shift and got away with saying and playing whatever he liked. He paused beside her desk and with a broad wink asked about the new person on air.

"Hired off the street," she told him. "The parting shot of our erstwhile manager."

"Well, well, well," said Harry.

From Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay ©2007. Published by Emblem Editions.

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