Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday Snapshot: Alexander McCall Smith

Saturday Snapshot is a weekly meme hosted by Alyce at At Home With Books. The guidelines are to post a photo that you or a friend or family member have taken and then link it back to Alyce's original post for the week. Photos can be old or new and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see.

Author Alexander McCall Smith was in town this past week as part of our local LitFest activities. I have actually only read one of this novels (hey, at least I've read one!) but had heard great reviews of his talks so decided to attend.

Before Smith came on stage we were treated to the drumming of a local African group. They were joined for part of the performance by a bagpipper. Imagine the combination of African drums and Scottish bagpipes. Insanely good!


Energy spiked, out walked Smith and a riotous good time was underway. Smith was thoroughly engaging and funny. I am still trying to comprehend that he writes a 1,000 words per hour. It boggles my mind 'cause I can only achieve that number if I write gibberish for the hour!


The only slight downer to the evening was the interviewer. This is the second time I've attended a literary event where an author was interviewed by another author, and both times have been let downs. Not a fan at all of this style (though maybe it is because I do not like the authors doing the interviewing?). Smith has a very natural story-telling capability and the interviewer kept trying to bring it back to what they wanted to ask rather than listening and bouncing off the narrative Smith was weaving. Oh well - I enjoyed the evening nonetheless. :-)

8 comments:

  1. Lucky you getting to see and hear AM Smith

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    1. I think so, glad I went with the whim.

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  2. Interesting point... an author interviewing another author, like interviewing your 'competitor'. Oh maybe I'm thinking too much into it. But so glad you enjoyed it and share with us the views. ;)

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    1. I had not thought of the competitor angle but possible. It seemed more like the interviewers wanting to get the point across that they too are authors and "recognize me, recognize me!"

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  3. I love his writing, though I am more into his books set in Scotland than those set in Africa. So neat that you got to see him!

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    1. There was a lot of talk around the 44 Scotland Street series. I may have to look into those writings at some point.

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  4. The drumming and bagpipes sound like an amazing combination - hauntingly energetic perhaps?

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