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CSU professors to
participate in book festival

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Clayton State University faculty members, Brigette Byrd and Phillip DePoy, will make their third appearances at the annual Decatur Book Festival this weekend.

The festival will take place today through Sunday, on Decatur's public square. Both Byrd, an assistant professor of English at Clayton State, and DePoy, the director of the Clayton State Theater group, will appear at the festival on Saturday.

DePoy will participate in a "conspiracy theories" panel discussion at 11:15 a.m., on the Old Courthouse Stage, to discuss his new book, "The King James Conspiracy."

The book, which DePoy said is more of a "historical thriller" than a conspiracy novel, is about an assassination attempt, supported allegedly by the Catholic Church, against scholars who were working on the King James Bible in England.

"They [the scholars] were a little fanatical about their work, and went back to the original Greek and Latin texts, and they found that the Catholic Bible contained several errors," DePoy said. "There were several books that had been kept out of the Bible."

This is DePoy's 12th book, he said. His previous books were detective mysteries.

Byrd will read passages from her third book of poetry, entitled, "Song of a Living Room," at 2:30 p.m., on the Java Monkey Stage. The book chronicles the relationship between two people who try to make their life together work, but ultimately decide to part ways.

"As far as prose poems are concerned, I tried to write a circular narrative," Byrd said.

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On the net:

Decatur Book Festival: www.decaturbookfestival.com

Clayton State University: www.clayton.edu