Giller finalist Lisa Moore tackles pot-smuggling tale in Caught

As the 2013 Giller Prize gala approaches, CBC News presents a chat with each finalist, beginning with Lisa Moore, nominated for Caught. She talks to CBC about Newfoundland pride, the sensational story that inspired her novel and why it pushed her into new territory.

Real-life story inspired Moore's adventure novel

Giller nominee Lisa Moore on Caught

10 years ago
Duration 6:13
The St. John's writer reveals the sensational story behind her novel and why writing it pushed her.

A sensational true story of a daring attempt to smuggle a massive cache of marijuana into Newfoundland — a tale that author Lisa Moore grew up hearing — inspired her latest novel, Caught, one of the finalists for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize. 

“It had a kind of folkloric quality to it and these guys were folkloric heroes,” she tells CBC News.

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“It really did seem those guys were completely audacious and that was something to be celebrated.”

To research the real-life story, Moore delved into old newspaper articles from the era.

“The headlines became more and more exciting, until I came across a headline that said ‘Pot bust story reaches James Bond proportions.’ And then I closed the clippings because I wanted the freedom to make the rest of it up,” she says.

In the attached video, Moore talks to CBC’s Alice Hopton about Newfoundland pride in her latest Giller nomination, the sensational true story that inspired Caught and why writing the adventure tale meant pushing herself.

The winner of the 2013 Giller Prize will be announced in Toronto the evening of Nov. 5, during a televised gala airing on CBC-TV.