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Alexander McCall Smith takes unconventional approach to his 'traditionally built' novels
After an introduction by the Washington Post's Evelyn Small, bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith, wearing his trademark Scottish kilt, began his appearance at the 2008 National Book Festival with a call for ideas or complaints to help move his various detective series along. Having apologized for the lack of action in his novels, unlike most novels, McCall Smith introduced his latest in the No. 1 Ladies' Dectective Agency, Tea Time for the The Traditionally Built (Pantheon; April, 2009), promising more cake and tea than action. The author went on to update fans on the latest news regarding his many other cozy mystery series. Taking questions from the audience, McCall Smith commented on the reception of his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series by the people of Botswana, where the series takes place; responded to a question about the challenge of being a man writing in a female voice by pointing out that 'You may observe that I am wearing a skirt,' pointing to his kilt; reflected briefly on where he finds inspiration; disclosed the top secret full name of the mysterious 'J.L.B.'; discussed the future digital serialization of Corduroy Mansions; declared that his Harriet Bean cheldren's book series has come to an end; offered his worldview in less than 90-seconds (which must be a record for an author); provided a description of his chaotic writing 'process'; revealed who among all his characters was his favorite--Bertie; plugged a six-part No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency HBO series starring Jill Scott as Precious Ramotswe, airing in 2009 in conjunction with the release of the latest book in the series; and announced the name of the apprentice who had no name.

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Patrick McGrath offers dramatic reading of 'Trauma' at Miami Book Fair International: Patrick McGrath reads from his newest gothic novel 'Trauma' at the 2008 Miami Book Fair International.

Marisa de los Santos makes the leap from poetry to prose by way of motherhood: Marisa de los Santos describes her transitions in literature and life and her search for inspiration at the 2008 National Book Festival.

Small press authors, poets and storytellers find big audiences at book fairs: Small presses have their big moments at book fairs.

Cokie Roberts unveils the politcal prowess and power of the 'Founding Mothers': ABC News and National Public Radio reporter Cokie Roberts celebrates early American First Ladies at the National Book Festival, former First Lady Laura Bush's signature annual event in the National Mall.

Richard Price finds humor and colliding worlds in projects of NYC's Lower East Side: Fresh from his former day job writing for the late, great HBO series, 'The Wire,' Richard Price reads from 'Lush Life,' his first novel in five years and takes questions from the audience.

Chris Hedges and Laila Al-Arian report U.S. atrocities in Iraq, claiming 1.2 million casualties: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and co-author English Al Jazeera reporter Laila Al-Arian report on the 'collateral damage' in the war in Iraq.

Art Spiegelman and Daniel Pink discourse on the discourse of comics: Although he wants a DNA test before he accepts paternity, the 'father of graphic novels,' Art Spiegelman discourses with 'graphic business books' writer Daniel Pink on the language and art of graphic books as seen through the lens of Spiegelman's life and work.

Jane Mayer nominated for NBCC award for her book exposing 'The Dark Side' of U.S. torture policies: New Yorker correspondent Jane Mayer sheds light on 'the dark side' of the Bush Administration's war on terror.

James McBride sticks another feather in his hat--historical novels: Multi-talented jazz saxophonist, musical composer, journalist, bestselling memoirist and novelist James McBride presents historical novel 'Song Yet Sung' at the 2008 National Book Festival.

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