Phillip DePoy, director of the Clayton State Theater and author of the critically-acclaimed “The King James Conspiracy,” will be helping Kennesaw State University commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.
On Oct. 4, Kennesaw State's Division of Museums, Archives, and Rare Books opened an exhibit to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, "How God Became English: The Making of the King James Bible” which honors the impact of this pivotal book which solidified and spread the English language throughout the world. As Kennesaw Archive Specialist Heather Oswald was preparing programming to complement and enrich the exhibit, she came across DePoy’s novel of murder, intrigue and history (staples to just about any DePoy work), published in 2009. An invitation to discuss “The King James Conspiracy,” its creation, the research involved, and subsequent reactions soon followed. DePoy ‘s “The King James Conspiracy Book Lecture” will be held at the Athenaeum Gallery on the Kennesaw State campus from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday. Nov. 7. Copies of “The King James Conspiracy” will also be available for sale.
DePoy’s historical novel has been compared to Umberto Eco’s classic, “The Name of the Rose.” Since “The King James Conspiracy” is an historical novel/murder mystery set in 17th Century England and centered on a group of scholars assigned by King James I to create a definitive English translation of the Bible, there are clearly similarities to Eco's 1983 historical novel/detective story, set in a northern Italian abbey in 1327, and subsequently made into a hit movie with Sean Connery in the lead role. (No word as of yet as to whether Connery might consider playing Brother Timon, DePoy’s nutmeg-oil-smoking monk who is equally skilled at killing people and memorizing thousands of pages of text. On the other hand, DePoy, an accomplished thespian, just might want the role.)
Atlanta magazine called “The King James Conspiracy,” “a dizzying mix of historical facts and figments of the author’s imagination… Author DePoy is a true Renaissance man — folklorist, playwright, composer, director of the theater program at Clayton State University — who brings his talents for dialogue, pacing, and character development to the mythical table.”