|James Kelman's debut |
short story collection
Neville Moir, Publishing Director for Polygon which publishes many of James' books including his debut collection of short stories An Old Pub Near the Angel, said, “James Kelman has won critical acclaim in these shores but his deserved nomination for the Man International Booker once again reflects his status as a writer and artist of international standing. Everyone at Polygon sends their heartiest congratulations and will be keeping their fingers crossed.”
Previously shortlisted for the Prize in 2009, James is a former winner of the Booker Prize in 1994 for his novel How Late it Was, How Late, which caused a storm of controversy. The full 2011 Man Booker International Prize shortlist is Wang Anyi, Rohinton Mistry, Juan Goytisolo, Philip Pullman, James Kelman, Philip Roth, Marilynne Robinson, Su Tong, John le Carré, Anne Tyler, Amin Maalouf, Dacia Maraini and David Malouf. John le Carré has withdrawn from shortlist saying he does not compete for literary prizes. The winner will be announced at the Sydney Writers' Festival on 18 May.