Elizabeth Hay read from her latest novel, Late Nights on Air, to a full house at Casa Mia Café, 131 Queen St. in Charlottetown, on Saturday, November 3.
Late Nights on Air has been shortlisted for the Giller Prize which will be awarded on Nov. 7 at a gala in Toronto.
The Giller Prize was founded in 1994 by Jack Rabinovitch in honour of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller, who passed away from cancer the year before. The award recognizes excellence in Canadian fiction – long format or short stories. In In 2005, The Giller Prize teamed up with Scotiabank to create The Scotiabank Giller Prize. It is the first ever co-sponsorship for Canada’s richest literary award for fiction. Under the new agreement, the purse will double, growing to Cdn. $50,000 with $40,000 going to the winner, and $2,500 being given to each of the four finalists.
Hay’s reading was sponsored by the UPEI English Department, as part of the Winter’s Tales reading series with support from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Other Winter’s Tales readings (all of which take place at 7:30 p.m. at the UPEI Faculty Lounge) include:
Barbara Gowdy – Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Kathy Page – Thursday, Jan. 24
Michael Winter – Monday, Feb. 11
Leo McKay, Jr. & Erin Knight – Monday, Feb. 25