Where Will Dan Brown Go Next?

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  04.22.09 | 12:11 PM ET

Publicity still from “Angels and Demons” (via IGN)

Looks like the bestselling author has been keeping busy. While we’ve been pondering the “Angels and Demons” boycotts and bus tours, Brown has been hard at work on his next novel—and now, his publisher has finally announced its impending release.

“The Lost Symbol” will hit stores in September with a staggering first print run of 5 million copies, the largest in Random House history. Naturally, Columbia Pictures—the studio behind the first two Brown adaptations—wasted no time snapping up the film rights.

But with all the excitement, I’m left wondering: what, exactly, are we waiting for? Where will Robert Langdon (and the resulting hordes of movie tourists) go next?

Brown’s editor, Jason Kaufman, isn’t spilling many details. “Nothing ever is as it first appears in a Dan Brown novel,” he says in the news release. “This book’s narrative takes place in a twelve-hour period, and from the first page, Dan’s readers will feel the thrill of discovery as they follow Robert Langdon through a masterful and unexpected new landscape. The Lost Symbol is full of surprises.”

Hmm. We’ve already followed Langdon to Paris, London, Edinburgh and Rome—does this “unexpected new landscape” mean a deviation from the capitals of Western Europe? A foray into Budapest, or Istanbul? Or maybe Brown will head to the historic, Catholicism-infused cities of Latin America?

Whatever happens, one thing is nearly certain: the lucky city will need to brace itself for a tourist influx—and maybe ramp up its security. (Via The Book Bench and Get the Big Picture)

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

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