When Kate Challis was working hard on her renaissance art PhD, no one seemed to care much ... but then Dan Brown wrote The Da Vinci Code.
"Apart from my partners and my supervisors, no one read my thesis," Dr Challis, who conducted research in some of the greatest libraries and galleries in the world, including the Vatican, said.
"All these years, friends and family were quite disconnected, and suddenly I was bombarded with questions, everyone found it fascinating."
So she's decided to share her wisdom to a much wider audience and is now holding a series of presentations on the North Coast.
"My passion is making complex ideas accessible to everyone," Dr Challis said.
"And in many ways, the real stories are more interesting than the theories Dan Brown put forward. The real value of the book is that it's engaged so many people, and it's making people ask questions."
So if you've always wondered who Mona Lisa was and why she is smiling; whether Leonardo Da Vinci was the grand master of the Priory of Sion and why he didn't include a chalice, you won't want to miss this opportunity to find out.
Decoding the Art of The Da Vinci Code with Dr Kate Challis will be held at the Coffs Harbour Jetty Theatre, Cnr Harbour Drive and Edinburgh Street at 3pm, Saturday, November 26 for $12, or $10 concessions and members. Tickets from Coffs Music Centre 6652 1641.