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When Arthur Benjamin steps from a Greyhound bus in Savannah, GA, he is immediately robbed by an affable street magician named Hamby Cahill. It is Hamby's first act of thievery and the remorse of it so overwhelms him that he finds lodging for Arthur in The Castle. There, Arthur finds his family: an ex-con shoplifter, a disgruntled seamstress, a young artist suspected of being a hooker, and a former boxer known as Lightning. For Arthur, it is the company that will change his life, as he, in turn, will change the lives of everyone he encounters.
Yet, he does not know he will become entangled with political arrogance over a minor traffic mishap, or be targeted for brutality. He does not know he will be looked upon by the people of Savannah, fortunate and unfortunate, alike, as an icon, a beloved figure who wears a cape of invented royalty and distributes paper flowers made of cocktail napkins as gifts of comfort. Arthur knows only that he has found his place and his purpose.
Terry Kay, a member of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame and recipient of the Governor's Award in the Humanities, is the author of 16 works of fiction, including the classic To Dance with the White Dog and The Book of Marie. Three of his novels have been produced as Hallmark Hall of Fame movies.
Rosemary M. Magee serves as Director of Emory’s Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL) overseeing the collection and development of significant literary and historical materials. Rosemary also chairs the Creativity and Arts Initiative where she has convened a series of multidisciplinary “creativity conversations” which engage a wide range of artists and thinkers such as Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Robert Spano, Natasha Trethewey, Edward Albee, and others. Previously, she served as Vice President and Secretary at Emory and also as Senior Associate Dean in Emory College of Arts and Sciences. In 2008, Dr. Magee received the Thomas Jefferson Award, one of the University’s highest honors. Rosemary holds a Ph.D. from Emory and both a B.A. and M.A. from Florida State University. She is a member of the 2005 Leadership Atlanta class.