From the Baltimore Fishbowl events page…
Booker Prize-winner James Kelman comes to The Ivy all the way from Scotland to discuss his newest novel, “Mo Said She was Quirky”.
Mo said she was quirky tells the story of Helen – a sister, a mother, a daughter, a very ordinary young woman. Her boyfriend said she was quirky, but she is much more than that. Trust, love, relationships; parents, children, lovers; death, wealth, home: these are the ordinary parts of the everyday that become extraordinary when you think of them as Helen does, each waking hour. The novel begins with the strangest of moments, when a down-at-heel man crosses the road in front of her and appears to be her lost brother. What follows is an inspired and absorbing story of 24 hours in Helen’s life.
About the Author:
James Kelman was born in Glasgow in 1946, left school as the earliest opportunity and began working life in a factory aged 15. He emigrated with his family to California in 1963 and returned to Scotland in 1964. He began writing while living in London aged 22 and later met Texan writer Mary Gray Hughes. With her support his debut story collection, An Old Pub Near the Angel, was published in 1973. His fourth novel, How Late It Was, How Late, won the Booker Prize in 1994. His recent publications include story collections Busted Scotch and If it is your life, and novels You Have to Be Careful in the Land of the Free and Kieron Smith, boy. Kelman has taught at the University of Texas in Austin and San Jose State University, California. He and his wife live in Scotland, not far from their two daughters and two grandchildren.