Fifteen years ago Scottish author Irvine Welsh gave us “Trainspotting,” his highest achievement in a career of several successes, and now he’s covering “Crime,” about a strung-out detective on leave in Florida who gets mixed up with coke fiends and a 10-year-old, scared-shitless girl. It’s whirlwind Welsh—grit, grimness, acceptance, redemption, peace—and a very strong piece of work, even when compared to his previous material. Also reading is local rookie Stephanie Kuehnert, whose punk-rock debut “I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone,” about a young musician’s quest to find her real mother (and other things), is a substantially impressive debut. (Kuehnert studied under Welsh when he was here teaching at Columbia College.) Read against the recession—words will live on indeed! (Tom Lynch)
Irvine Welsh and Stephanie Kuehnert, among others, read from their work September 14 at Metro, 3730 North Clark, (773)549-0203, at 6pm.