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Elizabeth Hay wins the Scotiabank Giller prize!

There was exciting news in the world of Canadian publishing last night as the winner of the 2007 Scotiabank Giller prize was announced at a gala dinner in Toronto.  I thought this year's shortlist was particularly strong and that all the nominees were worthy of the prize.  I was rooting for Elizabeth Hay and her novel Late Nights on Air, and was delighted when her name was announced. I have been an admirer of her beautiful writing since I read A Student of Weather, my personal favourite.    It is a compelling story of the rivalry between two sisters who both fall in love with the same man, and was shortlisted for a previous Giller prize.  I love her portrayals of nature, weather and landscapes, and how she ties them to the emotions her characters feel.  She has been compared to authors such as Alice Hoffman and Isabel Allende.  If you haven't read Elizabeth Hay, you're in for a treat! Congratulations to Elizabeth Hay and to all the nominees.

Novels by Elizabeth Hay:

book jacket image Late Nights on Air                          A Student of Weather (2000)




book jacket imageGarbo Laughs



Also check out the other nominees:

book jacket imageDivisadero
Michael Ondaatje  



book jacket imageThe Assassin's Song
M.G. Vassanji     



book jacket imageEffigy
Alissa York



 A Secret Between Us
Daniel Poliquin