Western books sell well in China

BEIJING, March 25 (UPI) -- The best-seller list in China looks a lot like the one that appears in the Sunday New York Times, China Daily reported.

Judge mulls 'Da Vinci' plagiarism case

LONDON, March 20 (UPI) -- A London judge is not expected to rule for weeks on claims by two authors that Dan Brown stole their ideas for "The Da Vinci Code."

Agent supports 'Da Vinci' author in suit

LONDON, March 15 (UPI) -- A literary agent who testified in the London plagiarism trial of "The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown called the claims "a storm in a teacup."

Brown denies 'Da Vinci' plagiarism

LONDON, March 13 (UPI) -- "The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown says he was "shocked" by charges from two British historians that he stole their ideas for his bestseller.

'Da Vinci Code' copyright trial begins

LONDON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The trial for copyright infringement against "The Da Vinci Code" publisher, Random House, by two writers began in London Monday. Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh claim U.S. author Dan Brown stole the idea that Jesus had a child from their 1982 book "The

Sony sets up site for 'Da Vinci' critics

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Sony Pictures has set up a Web site for Christian critics of "The Da Vinci Code" to air their views on the upcoming movie adaptation of the Dan Brown novel.

'Da Vinci Code' movie will name Opus Dei

NEW YORK, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Opus Dei, which has protested its portrayal in "The Da Vinci Code," has embarked on an image-polishing campaign that includes its own book, a report said.

Trial date set for 'Da Vinci' dispute

LONDON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The authors of a 1982 non-fiction book about Jesus' relationship with Mary Magdalene claim Dan Brown stole their idea for his bestseller, "The Da Vinci Code."

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'Da Vinci Code' lures tourists to chapel

ROSLIN, Scotland, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The former curator of a 15th century Scottish chapel warns that the thousands of visitors lured by its role the "The Da Vinci Code" could destroy it.

Potter's Rowling tops authors hall of fame

SEATTLE, July 8 (UPI) -- J.K. Rowling, creator of "Harry Potter" and his fellow wizards, was named No. 1 on the first authors hall of fame chosen by Amazon.com.

'Da Vinci Code' filming begins in Paris

PARIS, June 26 (UPI) -- Filming for the international best-selling "Da Vinci Code" begins in Paris this week.

Pope's replacement spurs fiction sales

NEW YORK, April 13 (UPI) -- Next week's conclave to select a new pope has spurred renewed interest and sales of related books on the secretive process.

Brown retreats from 'Da Vinci Code' fame

NEW YORK, March 22 (UPI) -- Author Dan Brown has gone into near seclusion to escape the "circus" that continues to surround the "Da Vinci Code" as he works on a sequel, a report said.

'Da Vinci Code' author denies plagiarism

NEW YORK, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A judge will rule this spring on a plagiarism suit brought by author Lewis Perdue against Dan Brown, who wrote the hugely successful, "The Da Vinci Code."
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Dan Brown
"Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in London after giving evidence in the ongoing plagiarism trial brought by authors Michael Beagent and Richard Leigh on Monday March 13 2006. (UPI Photo/Hugo Philpott)

Dan Brown (born June 22, 1964) is an American author of thriller fiction, best known for the 2003 bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code. Brown's novels, which are treasure hunts set in a 24-hour time period, feature the recurring themes of cryptography, keys, symbols, codes, and conspiracy theories. His books have been translated into over 40 languages, and as of 2009, sold over 80 million copies. Two of them, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, have been adapted into feature films. The former opened amid great controversy and poor reviews, while the latter did only slightly better with critics.

Brown's novels that feature the lead character Robert Langdon also include historical themes and Christianity as recurring motifs, and as a result, have generated controversy. Brown states on his website that his books are not anti-Christian, though he is on a 'constant spiritual journey' himself, and says that his book The Da Vinci Code is simply "an entertaining story that promotes spiritual discussion and debate" and suggests that the book may be used "as a positive catalyst for introspection and exploration of our faith."

Dan Brown was born and raised in Exeter, New Hampshire, USA, the eldest of three children. Brown grew up on the campus of Phillips Exeter Academy, where his father, Richard G. Brown, was a teacher of mathematics, and wrote textbooks from 1968 until his retirement in 1997. Both of Brown's parents are also singers and musicians, having served as church choir masters, with his mother also serving as church organist. Brown was raised an Episcopalian.

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