Mid-Columbia Reads 2017

Mid-Columbia Libraries and our partners are proud to welcome this year's featured author, Alexander McCall Smith, international bestselling author of "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series and many more. Pick up a free copy of his book at your local Mid-Columbia Libraries branch throughout October while supplies last.

We will host a special presentation by McCall Smith on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7 pm at Columbia Basin College Gjerde Center. 

Additional Mid-Columbia Reads events include an opening reception and book giveaway on Oct. 2, a book club discussion, a Highland dance workshop, a bagpipe performance, and more. Check the schedule of events for details.

The Mid-Columbia Reads literary festival encourages communities throughout the Mid-Columbia region to engage with the same books and come together to explore and celebrate the written and spoken word. We strive to build community through the collective experience of reading, thinking, and discussing ideas and themes that raise important social issues while also building future readers and writers in our region.

"The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" by Alexander McCall Smith

About the Book

Precious Ramotswe, a kind and cheerful woman of traditional build, is the founder of Botswana’s first and only female-run detective agency. Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple, but she’s got warmth, wit and canny intuition on her side, not to mention Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. And, Precious is going to need all of those assets as she sets out to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart—is that of a missing eleven-year-old boy who may have been snatched by witch doctors.

Delightfully different, "The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency" is a captivating glimpse into an unusual world.

"The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency" received two Booker Judges’ Special Recommendations and was voted one of the International Books of the Year and the Millennium by the Times Literary Supplement.

-From the publisher

About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith, often referred to as ‘Sandy,’ is one of the world’s most prolific and best-loved authors. For many years he was a professor of medical law and worked in universities in the U.K. and abroad before turning his hand to writing fiction. He has written and contributed to more than 100 books including specialist academic titles, short story collections, and a number of immensely popular children’s books. His first book, "The White Hippo"—a children’s book, was published by Hamish Hamilton in 1980.

But it wasn’t until the publication of the highly successful "The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency" series that Alexander became a household name. The series has now sold over twenty million copies in the English language alone, and since the books took off, he has devoted his time to writing.

His various series of books have been translated into forty-six languages and become bestsellers throughout the world. These include the popular "44 Scotland Street" novels, first published as a serial novel in the Scotsman newspaper and now the longest-running serial novel in the world; the "Isabel Dalhousie" novels, and the "von Igelfeld" series.

-From author's website


Mid-Columbia Reads Events

Opening Reception & Book Giveaway
Oct. 2 at 4 pm
Mid-Columbia Libraries’ Kennewick Branch

David Lanigan Presents the Scottish Highland Pipes, Border Pipes, and Smallpipes
Oct. 7 at 6 pm
Highlands Grange Park Amphitheatre, Kennewick

Free Showing of HBO TV Series "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" Episode 1
Oct. 14 at 2 pm
Mid-Columbia Libraries' Kennewick Branch

Cassandra Humphrys With Mid-Columbia School of Highland Dance
Oct. 18 at 6:30 pm
Mid-Columbia Libraries' Kennewick Branch


Book Club Discussion: "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency"
Oct. 26 at 6:30 pm
Mid-Columbia Libraries' Kennewick Branch

Free Showing of HBO TV Series "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" Episode 1
Nov. 4 at 7 pm
Princess Theatre, Prosser

Travelogue of Africa With Doris Mager
Nov. 9 at 6:30 pm
Mid-Columbia Libraries’ Kennewick Branch

Special Guest Alexander McCall Smith
Nov. 14 at 7 pm
Columbia Basin College Gjerde Center, Pasco

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