Alexander McCall Smith, prolific writer of several series of books most notably The Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency, arrived in Buffalo to deliver a lecture as part of the Just Buffalo Literary Center’s “Babel” series. For those of you who’ve encountered Alexander McCall Smith, you know what transpired the next couple of hours: plenty of wit and laughter. About 1500 fans showed up at Kleinhans Music Hall to hear the lecture. Alexander McCall Smith delivered a succession of rambling soliloquies on his love of dogs, his multiple birthplaces, his love of Africa, and a progress report on several of his book series. “In our lives it’s the little things that are very important.” Many of the volumes Alexander McCall Smith referred to have been published in Britain, but not in the U.S. yet. Then it was Q&A time. Many questions concerned various TV or movie deals. Some in the audience wanted to know if HBO was going to continue their Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency movies. All Alexander McCall Smith could say was that Hollywood “moves slowly.” Diane and I enjoyed McCall Smith’s humorous presentation. If he appears in your neighborhood, Alexander McCall Smith is well worth spending an evening with.