Will God Survive Science? Dan Brown to Talk New Book ORIGIN at The Music Hall in Portsmouth
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 to Writers 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, Inferno, The Lost Symbol, Angels & Demons, Deception Point, and Digital Fortress.
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.
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.
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