News & Events

Bloody Scotland (Stirling, UK)

Date: 21 September 2019
Venue: The Albert Halls, Stirling
Time: 1.30pm

It’s an open secret that we’ve been trying to lure Alexander McCall Smith to Bloody Scotland since our first festival in 2012. We’ve offered marzipan, free copies of Yachting Monthly, rare editions of WH Auden’s poetry, and even scrambled eggs on toast with truffle oil and anchovy paste (just a few of his favourite things). […]

Borderlines Book Festival (Carlisle, UK)

Date: 8 October 2019
Venue: Crown & Mitre Hotel, Carlisle
Time: 7.30pm

Explore the world of Alexander McCall Smith as he discusses the latest happenings with Mma Ramotswe and the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency in Botswana, the return of the cast of Edinburgh’s 44 Scotland Street series, and his new stand-alone novel, The Second Worst Restaurant in France, before finally introducing you to Detective Ulf Varg—one of […]

Biggar Afternoon Tea (Biggar, UK)

Date: 8 October 2019
Venue: Elphinstone Hotel, Biggar
Time: 2.30pm

Explore the world of Alexander McCall Smith as he discusses the latest happenings with Mma Ramotswe and the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency in Botswana, the return of the cast of Edinburgh’s 44 Scotland Street series, and his new stand-alone novel, The Second Worst Restaurant in France, before finally introducing you to Detective Ulf Varg—one of […]

Durham Book Festival (Durham, UK)

Date: 9 October 2019
Venue: Gala Theatre
Time: 2.30pm

Explore the world of Alexander McCall Smith as he discusses the latest happenings with Mma Ramotswe and the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency in Botswana, the return of the cast of Edinburgh’s 44 Scotland Street series, and his new stand-alone novel, The Second Worst Restaurant in France, before finally introducing you to Detective Ulf Varg—one of […]

Alexander McCall Smith at The Lit & Phil (Newcastle, UK)

Date: 9 October 2019
Venue: The Lit & Phil Library, 23 Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE
Time: 7.30pm

Alexander McCall Smith in conversation with journalist Alan Taylor. A very special opportunity to be part of an audience with one of the world’s most prolific and best-loved authors. Originally an esteemed professor of Medical Law, ‘Sandy’ became a household name when he turned his hand to fiction and published The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency 20 years […]

Wimbledon Bookfest (London, UK)

Date: 10 October 2019
Venue: William Morris Tent
Time: 7.00pm

We are thrilled to welome back to BookFest one of the world’s most prolific and popular authors. Join Edinburgh novelist as he discusses the joys and travails of writing fiction. Celebrated as a writer of ‘gentle wisdom and good cheer’, McCall Smith will be introducing the 20th installment in his highly successful series The No.1 Ladies’ […]

Books at the Barn (Andover, UK)

Date: 11 October 2019
Venue: The Old Dairy Farm, Hatherden, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 0HT
Time: 11.30am

Explore the world of Alexander McCall Smith as he discusses the latest happenings with Mma Ramotswe and the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency in Botswana, the return of the cast of Edinburgh’s 44 Scotland Street series, and his new stand-alone novel, The Second Worst Restaurant in France, before finally introducing you to Detective Ulf Varg—one of […]

Isle of Wight Literary Festival (UK)

Date: 12 October 2019
Venue: TBC
Time: 10.00am

Explore the world of Alexander McCall Smith as he discusses the latest happenings with Mma Ramotswe and the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency in Botswana, the return of the cast of Edinburgh’s 44 Scotland Street series, and his new stand-alone novel, The Second Worst Restaurant in France, before finally introducing you to Detective Ulf Varg—one of […]

Dorchester Literary Festival (UK)

Date: 12 October 2019
Venue: Dorford Centre, Bridport Road
Time: 6.00pm

Prolific internationally best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith has  written more than 80 books which have been translated into 46 languages  and sold over 25 million copies world wide. He joins us to talk about his four recent publications: To The Land of Long Lost Friends (Number 1 Detective Agency series, book 20) The Peppermint Tea […]

Cheltenham Literature Festival I (UK)

Date: 13 October 2019
Venue: The Daffodil Restaurant, Cheltenham
Time: 12.30pm

The beloved author talks to Julia Wheeler about his remarkable writing career, the latest happenings at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, and his new novel in the 44 Scotland Street series, The Peppermint Tea Chronicles over a delicious Sunday lunch. https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/2019/sunday-lunch-with-alexander-mccall-smith/

Cheltenham Literature Festival II (UK)

Date: 13 October 2019
Venue: Hotel Du Vin, Cheltenham
Time: 4.00pm

A rare chance to be in an intimate, book-group session with the wonderful Alexander McCall Smith as he looks back on The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency in its 20th anniversary year. Chaired by Steven Gale. https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/2019/celebrate-with-alexander-mccall-smith/

Library of Congress Welcomes Alexander McCall Smith (Washington, DC, USA)

Date: 24 October 2019
Venue: Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540
Time: 6.00pm

Alexander McCall Smith and Precious Ramotswe visit the U.S. capitol with a visit to the Library of Congress. McCall Smith will be discussing Mma Ramotswe’s latest adventures in the new volume of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, TO THE LAND OF LONG LOST FRIENDS. Tickets not yet on sale. https://www.loc.gov/events/?dates=2019-10-24