Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith is coming to Tacoma at the end of the month as part of the Pierce County READS program. This, of course, isn’t news. But here’s what is: You can get your free tickets starting today. Go to the county library system’s home page to print them off.
McCall Smith is best known for "The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency," a quirky novel about Botswana. That’s the book the library system is encouraging Pierce County folks to read and discuss ahead of the author’s visit. According to a release, more than 5,000 copies have been checked out since the program was launched Feb. 3.
(Full disclosure: The News Tribune is a sponsor of the program – but I’m just posting this because I’m a fan of all news/literature/etc. from sub-Saharan Africa.)
Click below to read the full press release:
Meet Pierce County READS’ international, award-winning author
TACOMA – Get free tickets to meet Pierce County READS’ international, award-winning author, Alexander McCall Smith. Starting Tuesday, April 1, at 9 a.m. @ Pierce County Library System’s Web site: www.piercecountylibrary.org download and print a free ticket to hear, meet, and get copies of "The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency" signed by McCall Smith.
This year’s Pierce County READS book is the best-selling "The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency" by international, award-winning author Alexander McCall Smith. Meet McCall Smith and get books signed at a free event at Pacific Lutheran University, Olson Auditorium, in Tacoma on Saturday, April 26, at 7 p.m.
Pierce County Library and The News Tribune launched the first countywide community one-book program in Pierce County in February. The program culminates with McCall Smith entertaining and delighting people at PLU on April 26.
Pierce County READS is a community involvement, community unity program that engages people from throughout the county to read, talk about and share the same book at the same time.
"The public response from our dozens of partner organizations and thousands of individuals throughout Pierce County has been phenomenal," said Neel Parikh, executive director for Pierce County Library. "The program is doing exactly what we had hoped—bringing together people to enjoy themes from the book series and discuss and debate how they relate to issues and realities in our communities and lives."
Since launching the program Feb. 3, people have checked out nearly 5,000 books and talking books from "The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency" series at Pierce County Libraries. Nearly all public and military libraries in the county, as well as local book stores are also checking out and selling the book series.
Also, hundreds of people have participated in programs offered through Associated Ministries, Pierce College, Pierce County Library, Puyallup Public Library, and The News Tribune.
"The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency" is an eight-book series, with a ninth book expected in April 2008 and a TV movie on BBC television scheduled for this spring. The best-selling series has been translated into 39 languages and has sold more than 14 million copies worldwide.
Key Foundation, a foundation funded by KeyBank is sponsoring Pierce County READS. Washington State Library, Office of the Secretary of State, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded Pierce County Library Foundation with A One City One Book grant to support Pierce County Library’s Pierce County READS. Rainier Pacific Foundation is an event supporter.