Release Date: October 11,2018

Fall Main Event series resumes with No.1 Ladies Detective Agency bestselling Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith

Fall lineup includes film professor and Akron native Joe Fortunato reviews Christmas classic

Akron-Summit County Public Library’s Fall Main Event Speaker Series will feature acclaimed writer Alexander McCall Smith, author of well-known No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series Sunday, November 11, 2 pm at Main Library, 60 South High Street in downtown Akron.

One of the most popular and prolific authors of our time, Alexander McCall Smith has written or contributed to more than 100 books, including mysteries, children’s books, short story collections, and academic articles. Most well-known for his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series of mysteries, his many other novels include the Sunday Philosophy Club series, 44 Scotland Street, Corduroy Mansions, and Chance Development.  His children’s books include the School Ship Tobermory series and the Harriet Bean series, among many others. McCall Smith was born in what is now Zimbabwe, became a law professor in Scotland, and returned to Africa to work in Botswana, where he helped to set up the University of Botswana Law School.  He has also served as vice-chairman of the Human Genetics Commission of the UK, and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh. Alexander McCall Smith currently lives in Edinburgh with his wife Elizabeth.

The Colors of All the Cattle - his brand new novel, the 19th in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series, will be available for sale at the event. A Q&A, and a book signing will follow McCall’s presentation.

Fortunato Film School Presents It’s A Wonderful Life
Wednesday, December 5th, 6:30 pm

Just in time for the Holidays, Arizona State University film professor (and Akron native) Joe Fortunato premieres his Fortunato Film School series at Main Library with a fun analysis of this timeless classic featuring James Stewart, Donna Reed, and Lionel Barrymore.  If you think you “know” this popular film, you need to see it with Joe’s informed and often humorous commentary!  Featuring a short introduction, and a post-screening discussion, Joe Fortunato gives insight into the filmmaking process and shows how to “read” a film creatively.  The Fortunato Film School will be a regular series in 2019 at Main Library.  Come and hear “every time a bell rings.”