News & Events


Protecting Baby Elephants in Botswana

Date Published: 26th November 2020

Alexander was delighted to receive word from one of his favourite charities this week, Elephant Havens Wildlife Foundation. Elephant Havens protects and cares for orphaned baby African Elephants in Botswana. They have chosen to name one of their new arrivals ‘Sandy’, after Alexander, and sent through this adorable photo of wee Sandy with his handler Onks. […]

Ten Years to Tell the Story of a Nation

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Ten years to celebrate Scotland. Ten years to bring a dream to fruition. Ten years to reach the new starting point for something incredibly special… This very week, ten years ago, Alexander McCall Smith attended the opening of an exhibition in the city’s Dovecot Studios. The focus of the exhibition was the Prestonpans Tapestry, a […]

Alexander McCall Smith reads two new poems for one of his favourite bookshops

Date Published: 5th November 2020

In a normal year Alexander would have visited many of his favourite bookshops around the world as part of his extremely busy events programme. Sadly, these events are all currently on hold and Alexander is greatly missing his conversations with booksellers, including those at one of his favourite bookshops, Daunt’s in London- not to mention […]


Alexander McCall Smith (Virtually) at Toronto International Festival of Authors

Date: 27 November 2020
Venue: Crowdcast
Time: 12.00pm (EST)

Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe – with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi – navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea. In his […]

Waterstones in your Living Room – Alexander McCall Smith virtual event

Date: 3 December 2020
Venue: This is an online event - details and tickets
Time: 7.30pm GMT Ticketed

Book now for a pre-Christmas hour of joy and good cheer! Alexander McCall Smith will be talking to Sarah Tyson, founder of Books Up North in a virtual event as part of the Waterstones Virtual programme, on 3 December. Alexander and Sarah will chat about his 2020 literary ventures: In a Time of Distance, A Promise of Ankles, […]

Alexander McCall Smith (Virtually) at the Bookshop Santa Cruz

Date: 6 December 2020
Venue: Crowdcast
Time: 11.00am (PST)

Bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith will share How to Raise an Elephant, the next book in his perennially adored No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which sees Precious Ramotswe calling upon all her maternal instincts when she’s faced with a two-ton case. HOW TO RAISE AN ELEPHANT is the next book in the perennially adored No. […]