Arts in Brief

Dan Brown, author of “The Da Vinci Code,” waves as he appears on a program in December 2009 in Milan, Italy.

NEW YORK — Carol Burnett’s next book will likely inspire tears along with laughter.

The beloved actress and comedian has an agreement with Simon & Schuster for a memoir about her daughter, Carrie Hamilton, who died of cancer in 2002. The publisher announced that Burnett’s book, “Carrie and Me,” is expected in April.

The memoir will be a “funny and moving” story of Burnett’s relationship with her daughter, an actress who appeared on stage in the musical “Rent” and on such television shows as “Touched by an Angel” and “The X-Files.”

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Best-selling author Dan Brown made a rare public appearance in New Hampshire recently, saying very little about his next novel other than he’s well into the writing process.

“The Da Vinci Code” author, who grew up in New Hampshire, spoke at a benefit for The Music Hall’s “Writers on a New England Stage” series in Portsmouth. Brown is working on a new book that again features Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. In addition to “The Da Vinci Code,” Langdon’s appeared in “Angels and Demons” and “The Lost Symbol.”

Despite persistent questioning, Brown was tight-lipped. Brown said it took a year and a half to research and that he is “well into the process of writing it.”

NEW YORK — To celebrate its 20th anniversary, New York City Center’s Encores! series is going back to the beginning.

City Center announced that it will open its next series in January with “Fiorello!,” the show that launched the program in 1994.Two subsequent other shows, “It’s a Bird ... It’s a Plane ... It’s Superman” and Rodgers and Hart’s “On Your Toes,” will fill out the season.

“Fiorello!” is the story of New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. It will run Jan. 30 until Feb. 3.Visit

Wire reports