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    October 11, 2017
    WRITERS ON A NEW ENGLAND STAGE presents
    The world’s most popular thriller writer
     
    DAN BROWN
    with his stunningly inventive new novel
    ORIGIN
    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 Codedid.”  The New York Times
     
    As featured on CBS SUNDAY MORNING and in THE NEW YORK TIMES
    Portsmouth, New Hampshire, October 10, 2017 - On Thursday, November 9, The Music Hall 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—and thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of one of humankind’s two most enduring questions: Will God survive science?
    The 7pm event includes an author presentation followed by an onstage interview with Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.” It will be held at The Music Hall’s Historic Theater at 28 Chestnut Street, in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Each ticket purchased will include a first edition signed copy of ORIGIN.
     
    “We are so happy to welcome back our neighbor and friend, New Hampshire’s own Dan Brown,” said Patricia Lynch, The Music Hall’s Executive Director and Executive Producer of The Music Hall’s literary series.  “Dan’s most recent public appearance was back in 2012 - he also came toWriters on a New England Stage in 2006 - and we are honored he’s here again, addressing readers and fans from all over New England,” added Lynch.  
     
    ABOUT THE BOOK
    BILBAO, SPAIN. Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultra-modern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement — the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough — one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.
     
    As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred other guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation — which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling, and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate the cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.
     
    Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself … who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. Following a trail illuminated by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery, and with a breathtaking truth.
     
    ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    Dan Brown is the author of numerous #1 international bestsellers, including The Da Vinci Code, InfernoThe Lost SymbolAngels & Demons,Deception Point, and Digital Fortress.
     
    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. Tickets can be purchased 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 New Hampshire 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 Yankeemagazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.
     
    Web: www.TheMusicHall.org  | Twitter: @MusicHall | Facebook: /musichall |
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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
     
    PRAISE for ORIGIN
    “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
     
    PRAISE for INFERNO
    “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
     
    PRAISE for THE LOST SYMBOL
    “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
     
    PRAISE for THE DA VINCI CODE
    “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
     
    Contact:
    Margaret Talcott, Producer
    mtalcott@themusichall.org