In late March, Danville’s Rakestraw Books 
hosted British/Zimbabwean author Alexander 
McCall Smith, who has written books such as 
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and 44 
Scotland Street. The independent bookstore’s owner, Michael Barnard, interviewed the writer, 
highlighting the paperback publication of The Talented Mr. Varg, which is the second installment in Smith’s best-selling Detective Varg 
series. Be sure to check Rakestraw Books’s calendar of upcoming events to see which authors will be visiting virtually next.