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Bestselling author Dan Brown to visit Taiwan in May

2018/04/25 17:48:09

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Taipei, April 25 (CNA) American bestselling writer Dan Brown will make a four-day trip to Taiwan in May as part of his Asian tour, according to the Taiwan publisher of the Chinese version of his new book, "Origin."

Brown will arrive May 24 on the Taiwan leg of his book promotion tour and will meet with local fans, China Times Publishing Co. Chairman Chao Cheng-ming (趙政岷) said Wednesday.

"Origin," published in October 2017, is the fifth book in Brown's mystery thriller series, in which the fictional protagonist is Professor Robert Langdon. It follows bestsellers "Angels & Demons," "The Da Vinci Code," "The Lost Symbol," and "Inferno."

According to China Times Publishing, its Chinese-language version of "Inferno" has been its bestselling title over the past five years.

By inviting Brown to visit Taiwan, the publisher is hoping to pump up book sales and spur greater reading interest in the country, Chao said.

Arrangements will be made for Brown to meet with local readers in Taipei on May 26, Chao said. "We'll treat him like a superstar," Chao said.

The Da Vinci Code has sold more than 80 million copies worldwide since its publication in 2003, and according to Chao, sales of the Chinese-language version published in 2004 in Taiwan have reached almost one million.

"Origin" is scheduled to be released May 8, with pre-sales beginning April 27.

Chao said the new novel is full of suspenseful and exciting plots that make it hard to put down.

"It has a charm that prevents readers from putting it down," he said, "Its size (512 pages) is no pressure at all."

(By Lo Yuan-shao and Elizabeth Hsu)