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Da Vinci Code Dan leaves Irish writers cold


US novelist Dan Brown.

US novelist Dan Brown.

US novelist Dan Brown.

DA Vinci Code author Dan Brown (inset below) may be one of the bestselling authors in the world, but he's been less of a hit at the Dublin Writers Festival, which opens today.

Ticket sales for his one-night-event at the National Concert Hall tonight have been very slow and half the seats remain unsold.

It seems the literary types who are Dublin Writers Festival regulars are not impressed with Brown, even though his new book, Inferno, is top of the charts before it's even released.

In contrast, How To Be A Woman writer Caitlin Moran, who is at the NCH on Thursday night, is practically a sell out.

The National Concert Hall seats 1,200, and with only today left to sell tickets, half the seats for the Dan Brown event tonight are still available. Although they only cost €20, only around 600 tickets have been sold. Sales have been so sluggish that seats in the side balconies have been withdrawn in an effort to fill the stalls.

Tickets are available online at www.dublinwriters festival.com where the full programme is given.

Tickets to the Dan Brown event tonight will be available on the door.