Pune, India (PressExposure) May 23, 2012 -- The author of 'The Da Vinci Code' Dan Brown made a public appearance in New Hampshire on Friday. He did not say much about his next novel except that he is well into writing it. He spoke at a benefit for The Music Hall's "Writers on a New England Stage" series in Portsmouth.
At the benefit, he was witty and set the ambience with many personal anecdotes from his childhood, influencing his thoughts on hardships of science and religion in coexistence. Brown quoted that as a child he was encouraged to ask questions at home. Both his mother's religion and his father's science made an impact on him during his growing years. He mentioned that at the age of 13, he remembered asking a priest how to go about reconciling the differences. He recalled the priest saying "Nice boys don't ask questions like that."
Remembering his parents, Brown showed gratitude and said that he owed everything to his parents. Brown's father was a math teacher while his mother was a church organist and piano teacher. Brown's new book features Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon in the leading role. In addition to "The Da Vinci Code," Langdon appeared in "Angels and Demons" and "The Lost Symbol."
Amidst insistent questions from his readers, fans and media, Brown did not talk about his new novel. He briefed that the novel took a year and a half to research and that he is "well into the process of writing it." He posed the question to the audience, "How do we understand the story of Adam and Eve in the face of modern evolutionary knowledge?" He also asked the audience to use prudence and emphasized the significance of both science and religion to understand the big questions faced by all faiths.
On his controversial novel "The Da Vinci Code" he said that he expected some debate but did not imagine the uproar that followed the novel and the movie. It was a rare chance to hear the 47-year-old, who is not known to make public appearances while writing.
Brown ended the evening with a "Happy Birthday" song on his Piano played for his mother Constance while the audience sang to the tune. He later met members of the audience and signed copies of his books.