Dan Brown launched his tour promoting Inferno at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall last night. NBC's Matt Lauer introduced the author and shared a clip of an interview with Brown that featured some jaw-dropping secret compartments and tunnels in Brown's opulent New Hampshire home.
The author spoke about the origins of his interest in science and religion (dad was a math teacher, mom, a "church lady", his license plate read METRIC, hers KYRIE), talked about the process of turning DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons into hit movies (offering a very funny anecdote about Tom Hanks helping him adjust his kilt while in Scotland), and revealed some teasers about his new novel, Inferno.
He then answered some questions that had been submitted through social media channels including one about whether he listened to his critics. He said that ultimately, writers should not dwell on criticism but instead, "write the book that you would want to read." He did, however, express much love for New York Times critic Janet Maslin for, "understanding what I'm trying to do." Maslin recently praised Inferno in the Times.
About 2,000 attended the event and all received a copy of the new book (alas, not signed) on the way out. His parents were in the audience (it was mom's birthday), along with contingents from his alma maters, Phillip Exeter Academy and Amherst College, as well as Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, and many, many, many Random House employees.