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Late Nights on Air

Hay, Elizabeth, 1951- (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Accepting a position at a northern Canadian radio station in 1975, Dido Paris disarms a hard-bitten broadcaster with her beauty and vocal talents before controversy surrounding a proposed gas pipeline triggers call-in-listener debates on the air.

Perseus Publishing
It's 1975 when beautiful Dido Paris arrives at the radio station in Yellowknife, a frontier town in the Canadian north. Her enchanting voice 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, inspiring many people to find their voices for the first time. This is the moment before television conquers the north's attention, when the future of the Arctic hangs in the balance. After the snow melts, four members of the radio station take a long canoe trip into the Barrens, a mysterious landscape of lingering ice and 24-hour light. The unexpected turns lethal ? is it too late for Dido and Harry? Stark, witty, and dynamically charged, this dazzling tale embodies the power of a place and of the human voice to breed love and haunt the memory.


Blackwell North Amer
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 in 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.

Authors: Hay, Elizabeth, 1951-
Statement of Responsibility: Elizabeth Hay
Title: Late nights on air
Publisher: Berkeley : Counterpoint : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2008
Edition: 1st Counterpoint ed
Characteristics: 363 p. ; 22 cm.
Notes: Originally published: Canada : McClelland & Stewart, 2007
Subject Headings: Northwest Territories History 20th century Fiction Yellowknife (N.W.T.) Fiction Radio stations Canada Fiction
Genre/Form: Adventure fiction
Love stories
Topical Term: Radio stations
LCCN: 2007043785
ISBN: 1582434085
9781582434087
Branch Call Number: FIC H
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An alright book which brings back memories of Yellowknife. However, did not find it a compelling read

Dec 02, 2013
  • mytwin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Elizabeth Hay has a way of drawing you into Canadian experiences in very interesting ways.The details are intriguing.I actually read this recently for the second time after reading her "Alone in the Classroom".
Canadian authors and Canadian settings are my favorites.

Jun 17, 2013
  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Hay explores the relationships, psychologies, and motivations of a group of lost souls working at a small CBC radio station in 1975 Yellowknife.The North, itself, rises to character-status as rich imagery immerses the reader in an isolated setting that reflects the yearnings of its inhabitants. While the novel is replete with bright and witty dialogue, the reader is ever-conscious of Hay’s omniscient point of view and frequent foreshadowing, which communicate a tone of resignation, melancholy, and foreboding; the threat of a proposed gas pipeline through Native land also contributes to a sense of tension. Hungering for life-altering experiences, the friends embark on a canoe trip that takes them into the Arctic wilderness, where they learn that fate may be as unforgiving as the land. This 2007 Giller Prize winner is an artfully crafted, insightful, and quotable work about love and self-discovery.

Feb 14, 2013
  • mytwin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read Canadian authors and really like her detailed and unusual characters in Canadian settings; also read " Alone in the Classroom".

Jan 14, 2013
  • vwruleschick rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Been up North? If not, this is a good book telling how it was with the original explorers(insights from their diaries), as well as, the cast of Harry, Gwen, and Dido - love triangle in the 70s but not what you think. All are outsiders that have come to get away from something, though searching for themselves in the harsh climate, but beautiful landscape can be deceiving. The major political/social problem is the building of a new pipeline in the North and the problems it will bring to the different communities that surround the area and lack of regard of the local people and their heritage. Certain parts are written beautifully, while other parts seems truncated. Interesting read.

Nov 20, 2012
  • Iluv2read rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Life of people working at a small radio station in Yellowknife NWT in 1975. Deals with the Pipe Line Inquiry. Various nuggets on life.

Jun 21, 2012
  • loonylovesgood rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. This isn't a genre I normally read. I found it a bit overly descriptive in parts but it intrigued me enough to keep reading. I wasn't a huge fan of the ending, however.

May 01, 2012
  • uncommonreader rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Unfortunately, this book is too long and the point of it remained elusive.

Jan 29, 2012
  • Palomino rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I read this some time ago, and as usual thought "that's it, no more prizewinning Canadian Lit!". Boring, slow, depressing, no plot {alright, I like murders and car chases and so on}. I rated 1.5 stars "not bad" because it was well-written, not badly written... just not good enough to make up for wasting my time with a story I couldn't care about and characters I don't like. Perhaps the CanLit critics just read bits of the book for prose quality and don't read start-to-finish for fun?

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Against the backdrop of a judicial inquiry into a proposed construction of a gas pipeline across the Arctic that would threaten the northern environment and the native way of life, this novel follows an engaging assortment of characters working in the Yellowknife CBC radio station in the mid-1970s Canadian North. Inspired by a radio drama about adventurer John Hornby, who traveled extensively through the Northwest Territory before starving, Gwen Symon arrives as a dewy-eyed newcomer with dreams of working behind the scenes in radio. Mentored by the talented but hard-drinking station manager, Gwen ends up working the late shift on air. She gradually comes into her own, just as radio makes way for television and the station crew begins to disband. Before they do, Gwen and friends set out on a journey to retrace Hornby's route. Equal parts Northern Exposure and Lost in the Barrens, this novel, already the winner of Canada's prestigious Giller Prize, compellingly captures one of the many small moments in which the Canadian North began to lose its essence. A strong choice for all libraries.--Barbara Love, Kingston Frontenac P.L., Kingston, Ont. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals

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