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Long-awaited Dan Brown book coming in September

April 20, 2009 |  8:58 am


Dan Brown's new book, titled "The Lost Symbol," will hit shelves on  Sept. 15, it was announced today by his publisher, Doubleday, and on the author's website. Brown is the man behind the runaway bestsellers "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels & Demons." With 81 million copies in print, "The Da Vinci Code" is the bestselling hardcover adult novel of all time.

"The Lost Symbol" will again feature protagonist Robert Langdon and will continue Brown's tradition of historical-religious-conspiracy-thriller. In a new twist, Brown has amped up the action -- the entire novel takes place in 12 hours.

"This novel has been a strange and wonderful journey," Brown said in a statement. "Weaving five years of research into the story's 12-hour time frame was an exhilarating challenge. Robert Langdon's life clearly moves a lot faster than mine."

Brown grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, the son of a math teacher and a musician, where things moved pretty slowly (full disclosure: I went to high school in that town). There have been rumors that a historic theater in nearby Portsmouth, N.H., may be host to a private screening of the film version of "Angels & Demons," -- the movie opens May 15 -- so things around town might be more exciting than usual.

The news of "The Lost Symbol" is particularly exciting for booksellers, who've been looking forward to Brown's follow-up to "The Da Vinci Code" since its publication in 2003.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Philip Scalia