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    November 05, 2017
    The world’s most popular thriller writer
    with his latest #1 New York Times bestseller
    Thursday, November 9, at 7:00pm
    First U.S. Book Tour Since The Da Vinci Code -
    The Music Hall His Only Stop In New England
    “A brisk new book that pits creationism against science, and is liable to stir up as much controversy as The Da Vinci Code did.” —The New York Times
    “Entertaining…Loyal fans of his globetrotting symbologist Robert Langdon will no doubt be thrilled with the fifth book in the series.” USA Today
    “As he does in all his novels, Brown[‘s] extensive research on art, architecture, and history informs every page.” Entertainment Weekly
    As featured on CBS SUNDAY MORNING,
    What: Writers on New England Stage at The Music Hall in Portsmouth welcomes back Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, to discuss his latest novel, ORIGIN, which interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art and architecture. The book starts with the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science” as we know it, hosted by Edmund Kirsh, one of symbologist Robert Langdon’s first students at Harvard. But the meticulously orchestrated evening, set in Bilbao, Spain, erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Langdon embarks on a perilous quest to locate the cryptic password that will unlock Kirsh’s secret, which involves navigating dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion and coming to terms with one of humankind’s most enduring questions: Will God survive science?
    When/Where:         Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:00pm
                                      The Music Hall Historic Theater
                         28 Chestnut Street
                              Portsmouth, NH 03801
    Tickets:Tickets for Writers on a New England Stage: Dan Brown
    on Thursday, November 9, at 7:00pm are $42 ($40 for members) and include a first edition signed hardcover copy of his book ORIGIN.
    Additional copies of pre-signed books can be purchased on the evening (as available), or can be reserved in advance through the purchase of a book voucher. Tickets and vouchers are available online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at 603.436.2400 or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street.
    About Writers on a New England Stage
    Each literary evening features an author presentation followed by an onstage interview with Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.” Live music is performed by the award-winning house band Dreadnaught. Shows are rebroadcast on NH Public Radio.
    Writers on a New England Stage is a Partnership Between The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio
    Presenting Sponsors:  The University of New Hampshire; Kennebunk Savings
    Series Sponsor:  Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service
    Media Sponsor:  Yankee Magazine
    Evening Sponsors: Churchill’s Garden Center; Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, P.A.
    Season Sponsors: Carey & Giampa, Realtors; Portwalk Place; the River House Restaurant
    Contributing Partner: University of New Hampshire

    About The Music Hall
    The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, designated an American Treasure for the Arts by the National Park Service’s Save America's Treasures Program, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner, recently named "best performing arts venue" by Yankee Magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.
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    “The crown jewel of Portsmouth’s cultural scene” - Yankee Magazine
    “The beating cultural heart of New Hampshire's seacoast” -  Boston Globe
    For more information, contact:
    Margaret Talcott, Producer
    The Music Hall                                                                            
    or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer
    “A brisk new book that pits creationism against science, and is liable to stir up as much controversy as The Da Vinci Code did. In ORIGIN, the brash futurist Edmond Kirsch comes up with a theory so bold, so daring that, as he modestly thinks to himself in Brown’s beloved italics, “It will not shake your foundations. It will shatter them.” Kirsch is of course addressing The World, because that’s the scale on which Brown writes.  Brown and serious ideas: they do fit together, never more than they have in ORIGIN.”  — Janet Maslin, The New York Times
    “ORIGIN asks the questions Where do we come from? Where are we going? They are questions about humanity — but they could just as easily be questions about Robert Langdon.  The Mickey Mouse watch-wearing, claustrophobic, always-near-trouble symbology professor is back in Dan Brown’s latest book. And just like he was in his original exploits (Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code), Dr. Langdon is once again wrapped up in a global-scale event that could have massive ramifications on the world’s religions. As he does in all his novels, Brown[‘s] extensive research on art, architecture, and history informs every page.” Entertainment Weekly
    “Entertaining…Loyal fans of his globetrotting symbologist Robert Langdon will no doubt be thrilled with the fifth book in the series.” USA Today
    “Dan Brown is once again taking on the big questions: God and science and the future of the world. ORIGIN is a familiar blend of travelogue, history, conspiracies and whodunit, with asides on everything from the poetry of William Blake to the rise and fall of fascism in Spain.” Associated Press
    “What’s Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon up to next? With the felicitous mix of art, religion, science, history and lots of symbols that made The Da Vinci Code such a craze, he’s investigating the collision of two of humankind’s most pressing questions.” Library Journal
    “As close as a book can come to a summertime cinematic blockbuster…Brown builds up Langdon’s supporting cast, which is the strongest yet.”—USA Today
    “Dan Brown is the master of the intellectual cliffhanger.”—The Wall Street Journal
    “Brown gives us lots of history and culture…but he puts the story first. Inferno is the kind of satisfying escapist read that summers were made for.” —The Boston Globe
    “[Brown is] the planet’s most dastardly thriller writer. . . . Inferno moves with . . . velocity, excitement, and fun.” —The Independent (UK)
    “A diverting thriller.” —Entertainment Weekly
    “A book-length scavenger hunt. . . . Jam-packed with tricks.” —The New York Times
    “Call it Brownian motion: a comet-tail ride of beautifully spaced reveals and a socko unveiling of the killer’s true identity.”—The Washington Post
    “Dan Brown brings sexy back to a genre that had been left for dead…. His code- and clue-filled book is dense with exotica…amazing imagery…and the nonstop momentum that makes The Lost Symbol impossible to put down.” —The New York Times
    “Thrilling in the extreme. . . . A definite page-flipper.” —New York Daily News
    “Robert Langdon remains a terrific hero, a bookish intellectual who’s cool in a crisis and quick on his feet … The codes are intriguing, the settings present often-seen locales in a fresh light, and Brown keeps the pages turning.” —Entertainment Weekly
    “A fascinating pleasure. . . . Upends our usual assumptions about the world we think we know.”—Newsweek
    “[The] Indiana Jones of intellectuals, Robert Langdon, rides again. . . . Revelations connecting faith and science . . . add dimension to this page-turner’s thrills.” —People
    “A roaring ride. . . . A caper filled with puzzles, grids, symbols, pyramids and a secret that can bestow ‘unfathomable power.’” —San Francisco Chronicle
    “If this novel doesn’t get your pulse racing, you need to check your meds.”—San Francisco Chronicle
    “Blockbuster perfection…A gleefully erudite suspense novel…flagrantly delights in leading readers on a breathless chase and coaxing them through hoops.” —The New York Times
    “Thriller writing doesn’t get any better than this.” —The Denver Post
    “A pulse-quickening, brain-teasing adventure.”People

    "Read the book and be enlightened." —The Washington Post Book World
    Margaret Talcott, Producer