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Elizabeth Hay unveils new novel

Ottawa writer Elizabeth Hay gave a sneak peek of her new novel Alone in the Classroom on Thursday in a reading on CBC Radio.
Ottawa writer Elizabeth Hay is preparing to launch her new novel Alone in the Classroom. (McLelland & Stewart)

It's been four years since Elizabeth Hay's Late Nights on Air won the Giller Prize and the Ottawa author is preparing to launch another novel.

She offered a sneak peek of her novel  Alone in the Classroom on Thursday in a reading on CBC Radio ahead of the official launch of the book in Ottawa.

Alone in the Classroom is Elizabeth Hay's fourth novel. McLelland & Stewart

The new book begins at small prairie school in 1929 and extends to the Ottawa Valley of present day, where a young woman becomes curious about her adventurous aunt, a schoolteacher. Beginning with a triangle involving a teacher, principal and student, she uncovers the history of obsessive love and hate that lies in her family's past.

Hay was born in Owen Sound, Ont., and spent 10 years as a broadcaster with CBC Radio in Yellowknife, Winnipeg, and Toronto before turning her talents to writing fiction.

Her 2001 book A Student of Weather was a finalist for the Giller Prize and the Ottawa Book Award, while 2004's Garbo Laughs won an Ottawa Book Award and was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award. Hay has also published a story collection, Small Change.

Alone in the Classroom is published by McClelland & Stewart.

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