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The Ottawa Citizen review of Late Nights on Air

Think of Elizabeth Hay as a gentle murderer. She knocks off a goodly number of main characters in her new novel, Late Nights on Air. But, in most cases, they have the decency to die off-camera, mysteriously and bloodlessly, despite unsettling hints of murder and abuse. The one death presented to us most vividly is a drowning, an event more sad and poetic than terrifying. Continue reading Continue reading

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The Georgia Straight review of Late Nights on Air

Much of Elizabeth Hay’s third novel takes place in Yellowknife or on the tundra beyond; harsh terrain and the chill of death are often present. Yet this is one warm story, thanks to characters so vital it’s as if they’re talking to us over java at the Strange Range café. Continue reading Continue reading

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The Washington Post review of Late Nights on Air

n the good old days, before we had to worry about the Internet killing off everything, we used to worry about the survival of radio. First television drove the industry into the music corner, and then corporate consolidation, rightwing cranks and shock jocks homogenized the dial to death. Let a thousand podcasts bloom, but they can’t replace the special intimacy we used to feel late at night in the car or at home—lonely or missing someone—listening to the silky voice of a sympathetic deejay holed up in a studio, talking into the dark. Continue reading Continue reading

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The Spectator review of Late Nights on Air

Late Nights on Air comes daubed with the usual eulogies, yet this is one book that truly merits the ecstatic blurb and more besides. It is Elizabeth Hay’s third novel, after A Student of Weather (2000) and Garbo Laughs (2003), both of which have been lauded in her native Canada and, to a lesser degree, beyond. Late Nights on Air is set largely in the mid-Seventies, in Yellowknife, the main town of Canada’s Northwest Territories. Harry Boyd, edging into his forties, has failed elsewhere, and has come to lick his wounds at the local radio station where his career began. He is joined there by a motley band of fugitives: honey-voiced Dido who fell in love with her father-in-law further south; clumsy ingénue Gwen, in retreat from an uninspiring home town; as well as some monosyllabic, disdainful veterans. Continue reading Continue reading

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Timothy Findley on Elizabeth Hay’s writing

Through Elizabeth Hay, a unique and provocative intensity is brought to bear…. She is exploring aspects of character not being explored by others, and the results are both wonderful and haunting. Her voice is one we have waited for—and here … Continue reading

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The Times Literary Supplement review of Late Nights on Air

Here’s an absolute peach, winner of the Giller Prize. It concerns the lives and loves of the people at a radio station on the edge of the Arctic wilderness. Harry Boyd returns to the tiny town of Yellowknife and falls … Continue reading

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Australian radio interview

Listen to Elizabeth Hay’s interview on Australian radio at the ABC Canberra website.

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