A Literary Superstar Visiits from Scotland

James Kelman -- Mo Said She Was Quirky

at The Booksmith

Thu May 9, 2013
The Booksmith
7:30 PM
Literary Arts, Books


“What is remarkable about Mo said she was quirky is its gentleness, its compassion, its desire to understand, its art. This is not stream of consciousness as Joyce articulated it, or Virginia Woolf, but as only James Kelman can.” —The Herald (Scotland)

James Kelman, the Booker Prize-winning author of How Late It Was, How Late, is a writer who is “probably the most influential novelist of the postwar period” (The Times), and has been called “a true original…a real artist” (The Guardian) who “possesses an astonishing voice” (Washington Post).

Now, in MO SAID SHE WAS QUIRKY, Kelman has written a novel that marks a radical departure from his previous genres, relinquishing his cutting edge, tough guy, and, at times, experimental approach to speak in the voice of a woman. Twenty pages into the novel, we find ourselves touched to the core as we follow Helen’s stream of consciousness through one of the hardest days of her life. This is a novel you must discover on your own: any description of plot or context is guaranteed to ruin your experience.

A writer of novels, short stories, plays, and political essays, James Kelman was born in Glasgow in 1946. He won the Cheltenham Prize (1987) for Greyhound for Breakfast and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for A Disaffection (1989), which was also short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. His fourth novel, How Late It Was, How Late, won the Man Booker Prize in 1994. Kelman was awarded the Scotland on Sunday/Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award in 1998. His short-story collection The Good Times (1999) won the Stakis Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year. In 2008 he won Scotland’s most prestigious literary award, the Saltire Society Book of the Year Award for Kieron Smith, Boy. He is the author of a television screenplay, The Return (1991), and has written many plays for radio and theater. Kelman has taught creative writing at the University of Texas, Goldsmiths College of the University of London, and the University of Glasgow.

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