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‘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, 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.