'Da Vinci Code' Drops from Best Seller List

For the first time in more than two years Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code will not be on The New York Times best seller list.

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In literary news this week, for the first time in more than two years, Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" will not appear on The New York Times Best-Seller list. Mr. Brown's book slips to number 16 in tomorrow's paper and thus off the collection of the top 15 titles. Nudging "Da Vinci" are the latest from Danielle Steele, Patricia Cornwell and Nicholas Sparks. Of course, Dan Brown doesn't have much to worry about. His book will come out as a paperback, and the movie of "The Da Vinci Code" will premiere in the spring.

Also this week, a stunt of sorts by an aspiring best-selling author. David Harris-Gershon is auctioning off 20 percent of his future earnings as a writer to someone willing to underwrite graduate school for him. The 31-year-old father says he doesn't want to put his family into debt with student loans, so he's hunting for a patron in an online auction.

Coming up, sleuthing for a stolen Rembrandt.

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