Just in time for Halloween, author of the bestselling 2007 novel “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War” and renowned “zombie expert” Max Brooks will visit Bainbridge State College on Tuesday, Oct. 29, to discuss his work and the origins of the zombie craze in film and literature.
His book recounting the details of the zombie apocalypse was the source of inspiration for a Hollywood blockbuster starring Brad Pitt.
“The joke is that I actually wrote [“World War Z”], that some doofus said ‘I’m gonna sit down and write a real book on how to fight something that isn’t real,’” Brooks told Leonard Pierce in an A.V. Club interview. “I never intended it to be funny. I wrote it because I’ve always been into zombies, and I thought, ‘Well, if they really did exist, here’s how you would fight them.’ It’s that simple.”
Brooks, who also penned “The Zombie Survival Guide” and won an Emmy for his writing on “Saturday Night Live,” will take the stage at the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, with a book signing to follow.
“This is a great opportunity for our students and the public to hear a popular writer talk about craft and how ideas spread like viruses through popular culture,” said Scott Dunn, chair of Bainbridge State’s Arts and Lecture Series committee, the organization sponsoring Brooks’ visit along with other topnotch acts throughout the 2013-14 academic year.
“The timing of his visit, just a couple of days before Halloween, couldn’t be better. It might even give the students some ideas for a great costume,” Dunn said.
Brooks, son of legendary comedian and director Mel Brooks and actress Anne Bancroft, made a publishing splash in 2003 with “The Zombie Survival Guide,” one of the bellwether texts signaling the onset of the culture’s zombie craze a decade ago.
It was “World War Z,” though, that put Brooks on the map. The novel is a fictional account of how close the world has come to total annihilation. Told
from the perspective of numerous survivors from all over the world, from Denver to South Africa, Sydney to Yonkers, Malibu to India, “World War Z” captures the sacrifices and, finally, the ingenuity of our race to defend and save our cities, towns and villages from a plague that seemed virtually impossible to stop.