Who? Alexander McCall Smith, that's who!!! This Friday evening. Seattle downtown library. Microsoft Pavilion.
I'm so excited. But to see him, we have to stand in a "maybe, possibly" line. Although this is a free event, and neither the newspaper nor the library said we needed tickets, there WERE tickets. Curses! But you better believe, my hindparts will be in line well before the appointed hour, mocha in one hand, bag o books over my shoulder. If you haven't taken a look at his website, do! It's linked on the right sidebar.
I read a review somewhere that AMcS is the king of kindly satire. Exactly. I'm dying to ask him if he writes his own titles. If so, he's even more genius. My favorite is "Tea Time for the Traditionally Built."
Did you know... two of his series, "44 Scotland Street" and "Corduroy Mansions" were written as newspaper serials? In talking with a newspaper editor, he complained that serialized stories were of a bygone era. The editor told him to put his computer where his mouth was - or something like that.
And did you see the HBO series of the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency?" I'm sick that they cancelled it and am still trying to run down a few episodes. Please, HBO, get back to Botswana and make more!! We love it! If you haven't seen it, here's a clip. (sorry, do I sound like a fan? I promise a full report of the event. Film at 11:00.)
-- Girl Parker