Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Zombie Expert to Speak November 14 (MANSFIELD, PA)

MANSFIELD, PA— Zombie expert and best-selling author Max Brooks will speak at Straughn Hall on Wednesday, November 14 at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Brooks is the author of The Zombie Survival Guide, published in 2003, which touches on what it describes as pop cultural myths about zombies. In 2009, The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks, a graphic novel depicting several of the events detailed in the first book's latter section, was published.

Between those two works, Brooks' wrote the best-seller World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War in 2006. It deals with the war between the human race and zombies. Paramount Pictures has acquired the movie rights and Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B Entertainment, will produce the film.

In an interview with the Washington Post about the book, Brooks said, “"Everything in World War Z is based in reality. Well, except the zombies. But seriously, everything else in the book is either taken from reality or 100% real. The technology, politics, economics, culture, military was a lot of homework."

The son of legendary actor/director Mel Brooks and the late actress Anne Bancroft, Brooks earned an Emmy award for outstanding writing in 2003 as part of the Saturday Night Live (SNL) staff. He wrote for SNL from 2001 to 2003 and has several other writing and acting credits.

Brooks appearance at MU is sponsored by the Student Activities Office and the English and Modern Languages Department. It is supported by student activity fees.

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