Thursday, August 20, 2009

Phillip DePoy Talks Conspiracy at Decatur Book Festival

He’s just written a highly-acclaimed novel speculating on a conspiracy in conjunction with the compilation of the King James Bible, so it should come as no surprise that Clayton State Theater Director Phillip DePoy is “booked” at the upcoming Decatur Book Festival on a panel about conspiracy theories.

The date is Saturday, Sept. 5 from 11:15 a.m. to noon. As part of the largest independent book festival in the country, DePoy will be appearing at the Old Courthouse Stage with fellow mystery authors Mitchell Graham and Robert Greer to discuss “conspiracy theories.”

While DePoy may not be discussing the Single Bullet Theory or whether or not a bunch of astronauts landed on the moon 30 years ago (Actually, the three authors will be sharing excerpts from their recent novels and answering questions.), he certainly knows about conspiracy. His newest book, “The King James Conspiracy” (St. Martin’s Press, $25.95) is, according to Atlanta Magazine, a dizzying mix of historical facts and figments of the author’s imagination.

Set in 17th Century England, the story centers on a group of scholars assigned by King James I to create a definitive English translation of the Bible, what has become known as the King James edition of the Bible. When one of the scholars is murdered and mutilated, DePoy leads the story into a, that’s right, conspiracy.

A folklorist, playwright, composer, actor, producer, musician as well as a novelist and director of the Clayton State Theater, DePoy should also be one of the highlights of this year’s Decatur Book Festival.

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