Zombie and comedy fans get both from Max Brooks Wednesday, April 25, during his presentation on "10 Lessons to Survive a Zombie Attack" for Bismarck State College ArtsQuest and the BSC Visiting Writers Series.
The former "Saturday Night Live" writer entertains in an evening of ghoulish delight beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Belle Mehus Auditorium. The program is offered at no charge.
Brooks, the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, lives in New York City and has written three books on zombie phenomena. His latest release, "The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks" (2009), is the graphic novel fans have demanded. The book reveals how other eras and cultures have dealt with and survived the ancient plague through millennia.
His first book, "The Zombie Survival Guide," is the key to success against the hordes of the undead stalking right now. This tome is the result of a tireless search that has taken Brooks' to 30 countries in Europe, Russia, Latin America, Arctic, Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The New York Times best seller, "Word War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War" (2007), will soon become a motion picture starring Brad Pitt. It tells the story of the world's desperate battle against the zombie threat with a series of first person accounts "as told to the author."
Born in New York City in 1972, Brooks is a graduate of Pitzer College in history and attended film school at American University in Washington, D.C., graduating in 1994. He delivered the 2011 commencement address at Pitzer, a liberal arts college in Claremont, Calif. Brooks won an Emmy Award for his work on "Saturday Night Live." He also worked for the BBC in Great Britain and East Africa.
As an actor, Brooks has been cast on "Roseanne," "To Be or Not to Be," "Pacific Blue" and "7th Heaven." He also has a career voicing animation in such shows as "Batman Beyond," "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command," and "All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series." During the third season of "Lost Tapes" TV horror series, he was cast as himself in the zombie episode. Brooks also appeared on the Spike TV series, "Deadliest Warrior," in which he represented the zombie team in the "Vampires versus Zombies" episode as one of the zombie experts along with Matt Mogk, founder of the Zombie Research Society, a global community dedicated to the serious study of zombie science, survival and pop culture.
The author's books will be available at Belle Mehus Auditorium during the presentation. They can also be purchased at the BSC Bookstore.
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