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'World War Z' author Max Brooks visits Harper

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  • Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire (right) talks with Max Brooks, writer of the best-seller "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Wars," at Harper College before Brooks speaking engagement to a packed house about the undead phenomena.

       Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire (right) talks with Max Brooks, writer of the best-seller "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Wars," at Harper College before Brooks speaking engagement to a packed house about the undead phenomena.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Max Brooks, writer of the best-seller "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Wars," speaks to a packed house at Harper College. He was talking about the undead phenomena like Kristin Craig, 21, of Hanover Park playing the part of a Zombie.

       Max Brooks, writer of the best-seller "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Wars," speaks to a packed house at Harper College. He was talking about the undead phenomena like Kristin Craig, 21, of Hanover Park playing the part of a Zombie.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Max Brooks, writer of the best-seller "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Wars," speaks to a packed house at Harper College. He was talking about the undead phenomena that has taken the country by storm.

       Max Brooks, writer of the best-seller "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Wars," speaks to a packed house at Harper College. He was talking about the undead phenomena that has taken the country by storm.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Max Brooks, writer of the best-seller "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Wars," speaks Friday to a packed house at Harper College. He was talking about the undead phenomena that has taken the country by storm.

       Max Brooks, writer of the best-seller "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Wars," speaks Friday to a packed house at Harper College. He was talking about the undead phenomena that has taken the country by storm.
    Photos by Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire is surrounded by a few of his zombie friends as he gets ready to introduce Max Brooks Friday night at Harper College.

       Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire is surrounded by a few of his zombie friends as he gets ready to introduce Max Brooks Friday night at Harper College.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Video: Max Brooks at Harper College

 
 

Novelist/actor Max Brooks came to Palatine's Harper College campus Friday night to talk all things zombie during a presentation at the Performing Arts Center.

He is the author of the book "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Wars," now a Hollywood movie starring Brad Pitt.

A full-scale "zombie flash mob" preceded his 7 p.m. speech, with students and other audience members given undead makeup by local makeup artist and horror actress Kelli Tidmore.

The flash mob was engineered by Judi Brownfield, who every year launches a mock zombie attack called the "Nightmare on Chicago Street" in downtown Elgin.

Brooks is the son of entertainment icons Mel Brooks and the late Anne Bancroft.

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