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February 16, 2012

'Da Vinci Code' author making appearance in Portsmouth

On Friday, May 18, the international bestselling author Dan Brown will return to The Music Hall in Portsmouth to talk about writing, movie making, science, religion and more in the first ever benefit for Writers on a New England Stage.

Tickets are $50 and go on sale to members of The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 22, and on sale to the public at noon on Wednesday, March 7.

They will be available through The Music Hall Box Office, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, at 603-436-2400 or online at themusichall.org.

Proceeds from the evening will help The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio continue to present top writers — ranging from Ann Patchett to Chris Matthews, Jodi Picoult to the late John Updike, Elizabeth Gilbert to Stephen King — to Music Hall audiences and NHPR listeners.

"As a big fan of both The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio, I'm honored to help celebrate two organizations of such great local importance," Brown said.

The New Hampshire resident was one of the first authors tapped for Writers on a New England Stage, back in 2006.

"We are delighted he'll take the stage again in this special benefit," said executive director of The Music Hall Patricia Lynch, also the executive producer of Writers on a New England Stage and Writers in the Loft. "It is fitting that one of the Seacoast's very own should recognize the great value of this celebrated writers series — to the community, to literacy across New England, and to the 'life of the mind.'"

Following his on-stage discussion, the Brown will be interviewed by NHPR host Virginia Prescott, who will also take questions from the audience. The house band Dreadnaught will provide live music.

"Dan's first event here gained the attention of international audiences, and, deservedly so, as he writes some of today's most provocative and fascinating books," Lynch said. "It's going to be a remarkable evening."

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