Irish novelist Roddy Doyle was the winner of the Booker Prize in 1993 for "Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha," and he is the 2013 winner of the Irish Book Award Novel of the Year for his ninth work, the just-released "The Guts" (Viking, $27.95, 336 pages). In it, Doyle returns to the character who started it all for him back in the 1980s -- the irrepressible Jimmy Rabbitte, the founder of the Irish soul group The Commitments and hero of Doyle's debut novel of the same name (which director Alan Parker made into a flat-out hilarious movie in 1991).
In "The Guts," Jimmy is now a cancer-stricken 47-year-old father of four who runs a music business called kelticpunk.com that resurrects and reunites old Irish bands across the country.
Doyle is in the Bay Area to talk about Rabbitte and some of his old friends from The Commitments at two book-signing events. Catch him either at Copperfield's Books and Music in Santa Rosa at 7 p.m. Sunday or at Book Passage in Corte Madera at 7 p.m. Monday.
-- Sue Gilmore, Staff