WOLFVILLE, NS - “The first line of your book is your most important,” explained Alexander McCall Smith to a captivated audience at Acadia’s Denton Hall on Nov. 9.
The internationally-acclaimed Scottish author, most famous for his Botswana-based The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series, spoke to a crowd of several hundred people about his life, his books and some of his favourite characters.
In what felt more like a chat over coffee than a public lecture, McCall Smith told audiences that each year from December to May he writes a manuscript, having it published later that fall. This is how he ensures a steady stream of publications for his eager audiences, he says.
Some publications, like 44 Scotland Street, begin as a weekly installment in the newspaper, much like how Charles Dickens used to write, says McCall Smith.
“Because of this,” he says, “it’s harder to go back and edit or remove characters you don’t like!”
McCall Smith kept audiences entertained and laughing for over an hour, hearing about complaints and suggestions the author had received regarding his books, as well as his life in Scotland in the “Really Terrible Orchestra” that he and his wife started.
As the emcee concluded, “it was a wonderful evening to experience Alexander McCall Smith’s storytelling and humour first hand.”
The event was supported by the Authors at Acadia series and the Box of Delights in Wolfville.
Go online: http://www.alexandermccallsmith.com