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Dan Brown to visit India, deliver Penguin lecture

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Author Dan Brown

American author Dan Brown said he is excited about his Mumbai visit next month to deliver the Penguin Annual Lecture. “I visited India when I was 18 years old and became captivated by the people’s warmth and the mystical beauty of the landscapes. I have always dreamed of returning to India and am very excited to do so now,” he told PTI.

Brown will deliver the eighth Penguin Annual Lecture on November 10 in Delhi and November 12 in Mumbai and will speak on codes, science and religion. This is the first time that the lecture is being organised in two cities.

Mr Brown has authored novels like “Angels & Demons”, “The Lost Symbol”, “Inferno”, “Digital Fortress” and “Deception Point” besides “The Da Vinci Code”, which has become one of the bestselling novels of all time as well as the subject of intellectual debate among readers and scholars. His novels are published in 52 languages around the world with 200 million copies in print. In 2005, Mr Brown was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME magazine.

Gaurav Shrinagesh, CEO of Penguin Random House India said, “Dan Brown is a global phenomenon – with ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and his other immensely popular books, he has been single-handedly responsible for getting a whole new generation of readers around the world interested in books, travel, symbols, history and art. “We are privileged to publish his books at Penguin Random House and it is a real honour for us to have him with us in India. We’re looking forward to a truly memorable lecture in both Delhi and Mumbai.”

Regarded as one of the most prestigious cultural events of the year, the annual lecture series has been featuring some of the world’s most respected leaders, thinkers and writers. It is the first annual lecture to be organised by a publishing house in India.

The seven previous lectures have been delivered by journalist and writer Thomas Friedman in 2007, diplomat and writer Chris Patten in 2008, Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen in 2009, historian Ramachandra Guha in 2010, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in 2011, former President A P J Abdul Kalam in 2012 and megastar Amitabh Bachchan last year.

 

 

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