Dan Brown Mania Comes to Northern Virginia

Dan Brown mania is coming to Northern Virginia  tomorrow, Tuesday, September 15.  Remember Dan Brown of major seller “Angels and Demons” fame?  Dan Brown of mega seller “Da Vinci Code” fame?

Yes, it’s the same Dan Brown back with “The Lost Symbol“, the third in his adventure trilogy. In the first book, the hero, Professor Langdon  raced through Rome; in the second he (Tom Hanks) raced through Paris and London; on Tuesday he will race through Washington and Northern Virginia.

Did you know that places receiving even the smallest mention in the “Da Vinci Code” received visits from thousands of devoted readers who were convinced that Brown’s fiction was a convenient vehicle for true fact?

In fact, some of those places were stretched so far beyond their normal capacity that they had to hire extra staff, increase their hours of operation and add bathrooms to accommodate the crowds. One location in rural Scotland went from 40,000 visitors a year to over 175,000 a year!

Is it any wonder that Mark Tabbert, director of collections at the George Washington Masonic Temple – right at the west end of King Street in Old Town Alexandria –  is perhaps not looking forward to Tuesday? Or, as he said in the Washington Post,” We might have to spend the next 25 years responding to Dan Brown’s fiction.  That’s what I dread.”

But then there is the upside (we think).  Tourists need hotel rooms, transportation, restaurants, etc.  Who knows, maybe they’ll like it here so much they’ll even need housing.

Until Tuesday,

Michael


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