Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Elizabeth Hay won the prestigious Giller Prize night night - beating out Canadian literary heavyweights such as M.G. Vissanji and Michael Ondaatje, both previous winners. The author, who was also a finalist in 2000, won for her her novel "Late Nights on Air", a story about a failed TV broadcaster who moves to Yellowknife.
The award, now called The Scotiabank Giller Prize (is there anything they aren't funding/branding?) is valued at $40 000. "I think the operative phrase here is, 'Take the money and run,' " Hay said, after accepting her cheque.
Past winners include Rohinton Mistry, Mordecai Richler, Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro (in both 1998 and 2004) .