Late Nights on Air

Late Nights on Air

By Elizabeth Hay

Counterpoint LLC, Paperback, 9781582434803, 363pp.

Publication Date: May 2009


It’s 1975 when beautiful Dido Paris arrives at the radio station in Yellowknife, a frontier town in the Canadian north. She disarms hard-bitten broadcaster Harry Boyd and electrifies the station, setting into motion rivalries both professional and sexual.

As the drama at the station unfolds, a proposed gas pipeline threatens to rip open the land and inspires many people to find their voices for the first time.This is the moment before television conquers the north’s attention, when the fate of the Arctic hangs in the balance.

After the snow melts, members of the radio station take a long canoe trip into the Barrens, a mysterious landscape of lingering ice and infinite light that exposes them to all the dangers of the ever-changing air.

Spare, witty, and dynamically charged, this compelling tale embodies the power of a place and of the human voice to generate love and haunt the memory.

About the Author
Elizabeth Hay was born in Owen Sound, Ontario, the daughter of a high school principal and a painter. She grew up in small Ontario towns and attended the University of Toronto. She worked as a broadcaster on CBC Radio and then as a freelance documentary maker in Latin America. She taught writing at New York University before returning to Canada. She has published two collections of short stories and two books of creative non-fiction.