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Alexander McCall Smith, Author Visit: November 10, 2018

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Westerville Central High School

7118 Mount Royal Avenue

Westerville, OH 43082

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Celebrate 20 years of humanity, kindness, humor and sheer joy with the release of the 19th book in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, The Colors of All the Cattle, with the author himself, Alexander McCall Smith.

Attend a presentation, followed by audience Q&A, book sale and book signing.

Book cover for Colors of All the Cattle



For tickets to a high tea reception with Alexander McCall Smith at The Lakes Golf & Country Club as a fundraiser for the Westerville Library Foundation, visit this page.


ABOUT THE PRESENTATION

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Cost: $10 - 20 per person

$20 tickets for priority seating and book signing. $10 tickets for general seating. Rows will be released from front to back for the book signing.


1pm | Doors open and seating begins

Location: Westerville Central High School auditorium

Address: 7118 Mount Royal Avenue, Westerville, OH 43082


2pm | Author talk

Follow along with the Meet the Authors series, hashtag #wplauthors.


2:45pm | Audience Q&A


3pm | Book signing & sale

Guests will be released for the book signing by row, continuing from front to back.

Limit of 3 books per person.


Accommodations can be made in advance for guests with disabilities. For more information, contact the Program Office at 614-882-7277 ext. 5023 or programoffice@westervillelibrary.org.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alexander McCall Smith was born in what is now Zimbabwe and was educated there and in Scotland. He became a law professor in Scotland, and it was in this role that he first returned to Africa to work in Botswana. For many years he was a Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh, and has been a visiting professor at a number of other universities elsewhere, including ones in Italy and the United States.

Often referred to as 'Sandy', Alexander has written and contributed to more than 100 books and has received numerous awards for his writing and holds twelve honorary doctorates. He currently lives in Edinburgh with his wife Elizabeth. His hobbies include playing wind instruments, and he is the co-founder of the amateur orchestra called “The Really Terrible Orchestra” in which he plays the bassoon and his wife plays the horn.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Precious Ramotswe dips her toe into the world of politics in the newest addition to the beloved and best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the City Council, Mma Ramotswe is at first unsure. But when she learns about the proposed construction of the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard, she allows herself to be persuaded. Her opponent is none other than Violet Sephotho, who is in the pocket of the hotel developers. Although Violet is intent on using every trick in the book to secure her election, Mma Ramotswe refuses to promise anything beyond what she can deliver--hence her slogan: "I can't promise anything--but I shall do my best." To everyone's surprise, she wins.

As it turns out, politics does not agree with Mma Ramotswe. Though everyone is supportive, she eventually resigns. She thinks there will be a new election, but she discovers that the rules state that in such an event, the runner-up automatically takes the seat. Violet is triumphant, and sure that she will get the Big Fun Hotel planning application through without a hitch. But Mma Makutsi and Mma Potokwane are not about to make it easy for her.

Through it all, Mma Ramotswe uses her good humor and generosity of spirit to help the community navigate divisive issues, and proves that honesty and compassion will always carry the day.


ABOUT THE SERIES

To inspire readers and writers and to encourage the love of reading, the Westerville Public Library (often in partnership with the Westerville Library Foundation) has committed to bringing engaging and inspiring authors to the Westerville and Central Ohio community.

Follow along with the Meet the Authors series, hashtag #wplauthors.

View highlights from past events or read more about the series.


FAQs

Which books will be available for purchase?

TBA.


Is there a limit to the number of tickets I can order?

Yes, you can order 10 tickets of each ticket type per order/transaction.

If you would like to order tickets for a book group greater than 10 people, please call 614-882-7277 ext. 5023 or email programoffice@westervillelibrary.org.


Can I get a ticket at the door?

If the event is not yet full, you may purchase a ticket onsite. Please know that there are a limited number of seats and that ticket availability may be limited. No entry is allowed without a ticket.


Can I choose my seat?

Yes. You may choose your seat on our venue map when purchasing a ticket. Rows will be released for the book signing from front to back, so select seats accordingly.

Guests with disabilities can contact the Program Office to request tickets with handicap-accessible seating or to request any other necessary accommodations: 614-882-7277 ext. 5023 or programoffice@westervillelibrary.org.


What is the difference between ticket types?

$20 tickets provide access to priority seating in the front section of the auditorium closest to the stage. $10 tickets provide access to general seating in the second section of the auditorium.

Rows will be released from front to back for the book signing.


My party and I wish to order tickets separately. Can we sit together?

If you wish to sit together with other members of your party, it is advised to purchase tickets together so seats can be selected at the same time.


Can accommodations be made for guests with disabilities?

Yes. Contact the Program Office to request tickets with handicap-accessible seating or to request any other necessary accommodations: 614-882-7277 ext. 5023 or programoffice@westervillelibrary.org.


I plan to attend this event with my child. Should I order a ticket for both of us?

You must order a ticket for any child occupying a seat in the auditorium. However, you may attend with one child under 2 years old in your lap without acquiring an extra ticket.


What is your refund policy?

At this time, we are unable to offer a refund. All sales are final.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You must show either a printed ticket or your ticket on a mobile device.


What time does seating begin?

Doors open and seating begins at 1pm.


How does the book signing work?

Everyone will have the opportunity to participate in the book signing. Guests will be released by row, continuing from front to back.

Books will be available at a sale hosted by the Westerville Library Foundation. Guests are also welcome to bring personal copies for signing. Limit of 3 books per guest.

"Action" photos of you having your book signed by the author are welcome. If time allows, posed photos may be requested after the book signing is completed.

Please note that the book signings may take some time. These are large events and the author is given the opportunity to interact with guests as they choose, so lines may be long. Staff are trained to keep the line moving as efficiently as possible. Restrictions for signing are subject to the author, their management or event circumstances.


Can I get my book signed without purchasing a ticket?

No. To be eligible for the book signing, you must have a ticket to the event.


When and where can I purchase books and what forms of payment will be accepted?

The book sale hosted by the Westerville Library Foundation will be located in the common area outside the auditorium. Credit card, check and cash payments are accepted. The book sale will remain open during the presentation and will continue afterward based upon demand and book availability. The book sale is a fundraiser for the Westerville Library Foundation.

At the conclusion of the author's presentation, feel free to exit the auditorium to make book purchases. Or, once you are released for the book signing, let a staff member know you'd like to purchase a book and we'll hold your spot in line.

Please note that the number of books for sale is limited, and the Foundation may sell out. If you wish to ensure that you have a copy of the book for signing, you are welcome to bring your personal copy.


Does this event have an official hashtag?

Yes! Follow along or share your experiences with the Meet the Authors series, hashtag: #wplauthors.


Does the library host other author events?

Yes! To inspire readers and writers and to encourage the love of reading, the Westerville Public Library (often in partnership with the Westerville Library Foundation) has committed to bringing engaging and inspiring authors to the Westerville and Central Ohio community via the Meet the Authors series. Learn more.


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact the Program Office at 614-882-7277 ext. 5023 or programoffice@westervillelibrary.org.

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