April 16, 2013
New York Times best-selling author of World War Z and Zombie Survival Guide Max Brooks will give a talk at Illinois State University at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center.
The event, sponsored by the University Program Board, is free and open to the public. A book signing will take place immediately after in the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in the Bone Student Center.
Called the "Studs Terkel of zombie journalism," Brooks was a writer for the comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live before he published Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead in 2003. The book, a fictional parody that covers everything people need to know about surviving the zombie apocalypse, jumped to the New York Times Best Seller list, and remains there today. His follow-up book, World War Z, is one of the best-selling original zombie novels of all time, and will be released as a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt this June.
"I think zombies reflect our very real anxieties of these crazy scary times," said Brooks. "A zombie story gives people a fictional lens to see the real problems of the world."
The son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, Brooks also worked for the BBC in Great Britain and East Africa. He resides in New York City.
For more information, contact University Program Board Advisor Kate Lafrenz at 438-3310.