Forty-four months after its original publication, The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown, continues to haunt best-seller lists. With 20 million copies in print in the U.S. alone, the pageturner about the Catholic Church is already the best-selling book of the decade. (The paperback edition of his previous novel, Angels & Demons, remained a hit this year, as well.) This year's sales were goosed in part by Sony (nyse: SNE - news - people ) Pictures' summer release of the film adaptation starring Tom Hanks. Though a critical disappointment, that film banked $766 million worldwide, crowning it the second-highest-grossing movie of the year. (See: " From Best Seller To Blockbuster.")
Brown, who made $88 million last year, leads the pack of the highest-earning authors on the Celebrity 100, Forbes' annual tally of Hollywood's most influential entertainers, based in part on income for the twelve months ended July 2006. Harry Potter scribe J.K. Rowling trailed Brown, pocketing $75 million last year from book sales, royalties from Potter films and merchandising. The boy wizard brand is, in fact, so valuable that Rowling is the world's first author billionaire. John Grisham, best known for legal thrillers, returned to the best-seller lists this year with his first non-fiction foray, The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town, film rights for which have already been optioned by George Clooney.