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Join The Community Library and local youth and young adults at The Community Campus Theater in Hailey for an evening with Max Brooks to talk creativity, problem-solving, and, of course, zombie lore!
Using fictional metaphor (like zombie lore) and historical events to prompt serious discourse on large-scale problem-solving, Brooks will explore new ways to attack old problems and new concerns. On stage, as with his writing, Brooks tackles the tougher questions, like what are the threads that hold society together, and what’s really at stake when those threads are stressed, loosed, or torn. From the basic responsibilities of civilians and corporations to the overarching role of government and the military, Brooks sheds light on what each can—and should—be prepared to do, to not only survive, but thrive in the face of real-world threats, disaster, and the unexpected.
As a best-selling author, Max Brooks is credited with helping propel zombie-lore from niche sub-culture fascination to mainstream pop-culture obsession. While Brooks has published three massively successful zombie-themed books—The Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z, and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks (all of which are now considered the definitive tomes for the genre)—Brooks’ ultimate goal was to challenge old ways of thinking and encourage mental agility and flexibility for problem solvers and leaders. Brooks’ unique, unconventional thinking depicted in his books has even inspired the U.S. military to examine how they may respond to potential crises in the future. World War Z was read and discussed by the sitting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and Brooks has been invited to speak at a variety of military engagements—from the Naval War College, to the FEMA hurricane drill at San Antonio, to the nuclear “Vibrant Response” wargame. In 2016, Brooks accepted a fellowship at the Modern War Institute at West Point, where he studies, writes about, and lectures to cadets about today’s current conflicts.
Books will be available to purchase at the event. A book-signing will promptly follow Max’s talk. All that dress up as a zombie or zombie-hunter will receive a free raffle ticket to win an Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet!