Alexander McCall Smith comes to Melbourne…

…and I get to interview him

Alexander_McCall_Smith_3_Size4Alexander McCall Smith is appearing at an event in Melbourne next month and I’m thrilled to bits to have been asked by The Wheeler Centre to interview him.

Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors, loved worldwide for his No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, featuring the no-nonsense Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s leading (and only) female detective, as well as the Sunday Philosophy ClubScotland Street and Corduroy Mansion series. His books have been translated into over 40 languages; the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series alone has sold over 20 million copies, and been made into an HBO TV show.

photoWe are especially fond of his children’s books in our household, featuring a nine-year-old Precious Ramotswe, monkeys, meerkats and in the most recent outing, a missing lion.

We’ll also be talking about his latest novel, a standalone called The Forever Girl.

I’ve been watching interviews with Alexander on YouTube in preparation and he comes across as entertaining, erudite and very witty. You are in for a treat if you can make it to the event on Thursday 13 March, 6.30-7.30PM at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne. Click here for information and tickets.

If you can’t make it to the event, feel free to suggest questions for Alexander McCall Smith as a comment on this post. Best question (as judged by me on purely subjective grounds) wins a hardcopy edition of The Mystery of the Missing Lion.

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About Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne-based crime writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. Her first novel, Behind the Night Bazaar won the 2004 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. She is a winner of the Scarlet Stiletto Award and has thrice been shortlisted for Ned Kelly awards. Her third novel, The Dying Beach, was also shortlisted for the 2014 Davitt Award. Angela teaches writing and is currently studying for her PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University.
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13 Responses to Alexander McCall Smith comes to Melbourne…

  1. You are indeed a lucky woman, Angela! I really like McCall Smith’s writing, and as you say, he’s a delight to interview. I hope you’ll record the interview and post a link to it.

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    • angelasavage says:

      I feel very fortunate, Margot. And The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing, Ideas usually records such events to post later as video. If/when this happens, I will be sure to share the link.

      Do you have any questions for Alexander?

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  2. What an honour, well done Angela!

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  3. kathy d. says:

    Lucky you! I’d be there in a flash if I could. I’ve read several of the Precious Ramotswe books and like them so much. I ended up buying several to loan to friends as they could not get enough of the books.
    I’d like to ask Alexander McCall Smith about his optimism, why Precious Ramotswe is such an optimistic person and has such a positive outlook on life? Also, why he thinks this series is so popular around the world.
    I’d also wonder who his favorite writers are, and who influenced his writing.
    Uh oh, I’ve asked a lot of questions here, but I’m sure you’ll have a lot of your own.

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  4. Woo hoo. I’m hoping to get there!

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  5. kathy d. says:

    Will you write up the discussion with the distinguished McCall Smith for your loyal blog readers?

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  6. kathy d. says:

    Yippee! Any and all interviews with good authors are welcome.

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