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Auckland Writers Festival Announces Alexander McCall Smith

Auckland Writers Festival is thrilled to advise that internationally bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith will be a guest of this year’s Auckland Writers Festival.

The country’s premiere, multi-day booklovers’ event – which will host more than 150 writers from around the world – takes place 14-18 May this year.

One of the world’s most prolific and popular authors, McCall Smith’s No 1 Ladies’ Detective Series – now in its 15th year – has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. His other series include the Scotland Street novels, the Sunday Philosophy Club starring the delightful community-minded detective, Isabel Dalhousie, the von Igelfeld series and the new Corduroy Mansions novels.

He is the author of numerous short story collections, academic works and more than 30 books for children. The multi award-winning writer was honoured with a CBE for services to literature in 2007. A professor of Medical Law until devoting his time to writing books, he has honorary doctorates from nine universities in Europe and North America.

As delightful in person as his books are to read, McCall Smith is a must-see, so listen out for his events, which will be announced together with the full programme on 18 March.. Public sales open from 20 March at Ticketmaster.

McCall Smith will also travel to Christchurch and Dunedin and speak at an intimate dinner event at Huka Lodge as part of his Auckland Writers Festival-hosted visit.

On form as ever, McCall Smith has three books published to coincide with his visit: The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon; Trains and Lovers; and What WH Auden Can Do For you.

McCall Smith will be travelling to New Zealand from Edinburgh.

The Auckland Writers Festival Charitable Trust warmly thanks our Gold Sponsors: New Zealand Listener and The University of Auckland; major funders ASB Community Trust, Creative New Zealand and The Lion Foundation, and all our Silver, Bronze and Supporting Partners.

ENDS

To express interest in an interview with Alexander McCall Smith or for further information on Auckland Writers Festival 2014 please contact: Penny Hartill, hPR, 09 445 7525, 021 721 424, phartill@xtra.co.nz

www.writersfestival.co.nz