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Late Nights on Air (2007) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Harry Boyd, a hard-bitten refugee from failure in Toronto television, has returned to a small radio station in the Canadian North. There, in Yellowknife, in the summer of 1975, he falls in love with a voice on air, though he discovers that the real woman, Dido Paris, is even more than he imagined.

Dido and Harry are part of a cast of eccentric, utterly beguiling characters, all transplants from elsewhere, who form an unlikely group at the station. Their loves and longings, their rivalries and entanglements, the stories of their pasts and what brought each of them to the North, form the centre. Then, one summer, four of them embark on a canoe trip that takes them into the Arctic wilderness, following the route taken by the legendary Englishman John Hornby, who, along with his small party, starved to death in the Barrens in 1927. In the wilds, they find the balance of love shifting, much as the balance of power in the North is being changed by the controversial Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline, which threatens to rip open the Arctic and displace Native people from their land.

Original title: Late Nights on Air


Genre: FictionAdventureSurvivalGeneral
FictionGeneral FictionBohemians & Expatriates
FictionGeneral FictionRegional Interest


  • Awarded the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Edition #1: Late Nights on Air

Late Nights on Air (2007)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Hay exposes the beauty simmering in the heart of harsh settings with an evoccative grace that brings to mind Annie Proulx." Washington Post
  • "Elizabeth Hay now clearly stands as one of our major writers. Deep intelligence, striking originality, a powerful capacity to move us." National Post
  • "Elizabeth Hay has created her own niche in Canadian fiction by fastening her intelligence on the real stuff, the bumps and glories in love, kinship, friendship." Toronto Star
  • "Hay brings her extraordinary attunement to the sensuousness of landscape. Painterly in its lyricism, profoundly female in its voluptuousness, and acute in its psychology." Booklist (starred review)
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Late Nights on Air (2007)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: Toronto, Canada
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 9780771038112
Dimensions: 8.6 x 6 x 1.2
Pages: 363

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