The Adventures of Robert Langdon

The adventures of Robert Langdon continue in Dan Brown’s newest thriller, Inferno, released last week on May 14! Most of you who know me know that I love Dan Brown’s previous books, The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol – and not just because the protagonist is named Robert Langdon. But that sure doesn’t hurt! Now, as I read Inferno, I get to imagine my fiance traversing Florence and breaking codes about Dante’s literary masterpiece.

A couple months ago, I saw that Dan Brown would be speaking at the Lincoln Center right after the release of his latest novel, so I snagged Rob and myself tickets. When we first arrived at the Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center, we were a little bit early (shocker, I know) so we wandered onto the balcony overlooking the fountain in the middle of the Lincoln Center campus. There we started chatting with an older couple who shared an alma mater (Exeter) with Dan Brown. In fact, the lady, now a researcher/librarian there said she used to be his nanny when he was younger. They were also amused when Rob told them his name :-).

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Once inside, the program began with an introduction by TODAY show host, Matt Lauer, and a short video of Lauer interviewing Dan Brown in his New England home – complete with hidden passageways and the most impressive library room I’ve seen.

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Then Dan Brown came out and spoke a great deal about his upbringing. His mother was known as the “church lady” and imposed all sorts of religious ideas on Dan. On the other hand, his father was a best-selling mathematics textbook author and math teacher, who imposed the fundamentals of science and math on Dan. Though science and religion are often seen as contradictory, Dan Brown explained how, through his research for novels, he has found that they are, actually, complementary and work together. This is the basis of many of his novels, combining spiritual and scientific components to weave together an intricate story. His upbringing definitely has a huge influence on his novels, and I loved hearing his background and why he is the way he is today. Oh, and he even gave out complimentary hard copies of Inferno to every attendee on his or her way out… happy girl!

Tell me – what was the last book you read that you simply couldn’t put down?

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Isn’t this an awesome roof to the restaurant under the sloping green lawn?! And that’s Julliard behind the lawn.

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