Sunday, April 30, 2006

Weekend Web Tour: Dan Brown speaks

In the Spring of 2003, on something of a whim, John and I attended a public library reading and book talk of a local thriller author. We hadn't read any of his stuff, not even the new book--a breezy little caper called THE DA VINCI CODE--which was generating a lot of buzz and landing on all of the major bestseller lists just weeks after its release. It's always fun to hear other writers talk about their craft and their publication experiences, so we drove out to the small town library and joined the audience of roughly forty people to hear the engaging, humble, and thoroughly entertaining Dan Brown speak.

On April 23, 2006, 40 million-plus hardcover copies and one major motion picture in the works later, Dan Brown came to Portsmouth. In a sold-out presentation at The Music Hall, our local historic theater, he spoke about the wild ride he's been on, and delved a bit more into the making of his book and the controversy it's stirred up. Unfortunately John and I didn't get to attend this time, since, although we think Dan is a great guy and a fascinating speaker, we didn't have the ambition enough to camp out in the rain at 7am on ticket day to try to get seats.

Thanks to New Hampshire NPR, who co-hosted the "Writers on a New England Stage" event, a download audio file of the entire talk is available online. The file (and the link to it) will likely stay current for a long time, but you may want to save it to your computer just in case. (Click the link to get to the website, then right-click the file and do a "Save Target As..." to download it to your machine.)



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