News & Events


Date Published: 1st May 2019

These Are The Hands, a new album with words by Alexander McCall Smith and music composed by James Ross is now available. The music and the songs celebrate the presence of the sea in Scottish life, past and present. The sea defines Scotland’s character: it gives us our weather, our skies, and, even today, an important part of […]

New short stories to start exclusively in The Sunday Times online this weekend.

Date Published: 9th January 2019

A picture can paint a thousand words, but what about a vintage photograph? In 2015 Alexander McCall Smith wrote a book entitled Chance Developments: Unexpected Love Stories, in which he imagined the stories behind five chanced-upon black and white photographs. Who were those people, why were they smiling, what made them sad? He so enjoyed the experience that […]

Celebrate with us! The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – 20 years of humanity, kindness, humour, forgiveness and sheer joy

Date Published: 2nd April 2018

A very good reason to celebrate: 2018 is the twentieth anniversary of publication of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith—20 years of delightfully different books, page-after-page of humanity, kindness, humour and forgiveness, and in short, sheer joy. The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series started life as a short story written for friends but took hold […]


Barnes and Noble Upper East Side Welcomes Back Precious Ramotswe (New York City, NY, USA)

Date: 23 October 2019
Venue: Barnes and Noble Upper East Side, 150 East 86th Street, New York
Time: 7.00pm

Alexander McCall Smith visits B+N UES to discuss Mma Ramotswe’s latest adventures in the 20th volume of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, TO THE LAND OF LONG LOST FRIENDS.

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: 7.00pm

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.  

Texas Book Festival (Austin, TX, USA)

Date: 26 October 2019
Venue: House Chamber, State Capitol
Time: 11.45am

Known for his warmth, wit, and signature style, Alexander McCall Smith is a beloved internationally bestselling author. A new installment in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series is a major event and we’re honored that McCall Smith will join us here in Texas to share To the Land of Long Lost Friends. Precious Ramotswe takes […]