Late Nights on Air

Late Nights on Air

Book - 2008 | 1st Counterpoint ed.
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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.
Publisher: Berkeley : Counterpoint : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2008.
Edition: 1st Counterpoint ed.
ISBN: 9781582434087
1582434085
Branch Call Number: FIC HAY
Characteristics: 363 p. ; 22 cm.

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fleetway
Jul 14, 2017

Elizabeth brings Canada's north to life with real people and descriptions of the climate and terrain. I could almost relive my years in Northern Manitoba with her story.

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empbee
Jul 20, 2016

Beautiful vivid landscape description. A rolling story interspersed with some historical discoveries of the North.

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erinsnest
Oct 21, 2015

I read this in Aug 2015 for the Chinook Library System Summer Reading Challenge. I used it for the 'book that won the Giller Prize' category. I enjoyed it, even though I was speed reading at the time! (I didn't win the prize (a kobo) though. Oh well, I like real books better anyway!)

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ralphdyer
May 13, 2014

An alright book which brings back memories of Yellowknife. However, did not find it a compelling read

mytwin Dec 02, 2013

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.

WVMLBookClubTitles Jun 17, 2013

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.

mytwin Feb 14, 2013

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

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vwruleschick
Jan 14, 2013

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.

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Iluv2read
Nov 20, 2012

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

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Eadie
Sep 26, 2012

Interesting book

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JMJourney
Mar 13, 2012

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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