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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Upcoming Free Author Lecture at David A. Howe Public Library

In October of 2015, The David A. Howe Public Library had the privilege of hosting the world renowned, award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates. It was an incredibly unique experience for those in our area. The prolific author read selections from her latest book, discussed her work and signed books for a long line of fans. The event was sponsored by The Friends of the David A. Howe Public Library and Houghton College and this year they are again partnering with the Howe Library in hosting yet another highly acclaimed author in 2016.

Alexander McCall Smith is best known for his immensely popular series the No 1. Ladies Detective Agency. It is currently on book seventeen, Precious & Grace, and was previously adapted into an HBO television series. He is also the author of such series as 44 Scotland Street and The Sunday Philosopher’s Club as well as many standalone novels for all ages.

Mr. McCall Smith was born in (present-day) Zimbabwe and went on to receive his PhD in law from the University of Edinburgh. His writing career begin with academic texts, then took a turn when he entered and won a literary competition for children’s books. He published several well-received children’s books before finding his greatest success with the publication of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency in 1999. He currently resides in Scotland, but is embarking on a brief nine-stop tour of the United States arranged by Penguin Random House, of which the Howe Library is one of the stops.

Alexander McCall Smith will lead a lively program, sharing about his novels and taking questions from the audience in the Nancy Howe Auditorium on Thursday, October 20 at 7pm. The auditorium event is free and open to the public.

The Friends of the Library will be hosting a reception with the author in the main reading room of the library immediately following the event at 8pm. Tickets for this are $35 and include live music (provided by Houghton College), hors d’ouevers and a book signing! Books will be available for purchase on site from Burlingham Books of Perry, NY. Tickets for the reception can be purchased in advance from the Howe Library. With questions contact library director Nic Gunning at 585-593-3410 or

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