Dan Brown hopes his books will spur dialogue on thorny issues

Lisbon, 15/10/2017 - Dan Brown, an American author presents his new novel, Origim, at the Centro Cultural de Belem (CCB) in Lisbon on Sunday. The book came to bookstores around the world in early October, with the Portuguese edition to be released on the 4th. This was the first time a book by Dan Brown reached the Portuguese bookstores in the same period of the world launch. (Reinaldo Rodrigues / Global Images/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

Taipei, May 26 (CNA) Dan Brown, author of the bestselling novel “The Da Vinci Code,” said Saturday in Taipei that he hopes his books will spark discussions on controversial issues and encourage the pursuit of truth.

Speaking to hundreds of fans at a forum, Brown said that with the speedy development of technology, human beings will be more interconnected than ever, which creates a need for better communication.

“There is nothing in our DNA that predetermines our beliefs,” he said, adding that since people are born into different cultures with certain values, they should recognize such an influence and be willing to open up their minds to new ideas.

Brown, whose plots often pit science against religion, said he welcomes controversy and thinks it is good for people to educate themselves, ask difficult questions and try to understand the viewpoints of others.

“I think the most important thing we can do as a species is to engage in dialogue,” he said, adding that if his books have helped in some way to spark dialogue, then he is doing his job.

Brown is on a four-day visit to Taiwan as part of his Asian tour to promote his latest book “Origin,” which was recently released in Chinese.

Five hours before the start of the Taipei forum, people were already queuing outside the venue.

Many of them told CNA that “The Da Vinci Code” was their favorite book by Brown and that they also liked “Origin.”

Yen Han-yu (顏含羽), 37, said she was excited to see Brown in person as she was amazed by his writing skills, which draw the reader into the story almost like one of the characters.

Brown will leave Taiwan on Sunday for Japan on the next leg of his book tour.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)