Alexander McCall Smith: Human Kindness – An Edinburgh International Book Festival Event


This year, the much-loved Alexander McCall Smith has hit a purple patch and has written even more books than ever. There’s The Joy and Light Bus Company – a new title in the phenomenal No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, while Your Inner Hedgehog is a Professor von Igelfeld Entertainment – the first in that series for a decade. Alongside that – and published during the Festival – there’s a standalone novel, The Pavilion in the Clouds, set in the tea plantations of Sri Lanka. And while all of McCall Smith’s novels are packed with humour, perhaps the funniest are his ‘Scandi Blanc’ series featuring Detective Varg. This summer Varg stars in The Man with the Silver Saab. But when it comes to Book Festival events, it doesn’t matter so much whether you’re a McCall Smith completist or just opening up your first Mma Ramotswe story. Joining the Edinburgh writer as he talks to fellow author Jamie Jauncey is simply taking a journey into a world of essential human kindness: a breath of fresh Scottish air.

This is a live, in-person and streamed event in a new venue, with an author Q&A. If buying a ticket to watch the event in-person, the author will be on stage, in the venue. After the event, Alexander McCall Smith will be doing an in-person book signing on the Festival site.

(The Edinburgh International Book Festival will be a hybrid Book Festival in 2021 – a fabulous online programme of over 250 events for adults and children, streamed live on the website. Alongside, they will welcome in-person audiences for a wide range of the events in the programme, which you can book on their website. This year’s Book Festival will take place from Saturday 14 to Monday 30 August at their new Festival home: the University of Edinburgh’s Edinburgh College of Art on Lauriston Place in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.)

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Tuesday 17 Aug 2021
The New York Times Theatre (in Sculpture Court), Edinburgh. United Kingdom