'World War Z' author Max Brooks to speak in SLO

Max Brooks
Max Brooks

“World War Z” author Max Brooks will stop in San Luis Obispo next month to talk about his latest book.

Brooks will speak April 14 at the Performing Arts Center as part of the nonprofit Foundation for San Luis Obispo County Public Libraries’ Book & Author Series.

The son of director Mel Brooks and actress Anne Bancroft, Max Brooks found fame on his own as the best-selling author of “The Zombie Survival Guide” and “World War Z.” The latter book inspired the 2013 movie of the same title starring Brad Pitt.

Brooks’ newest book is 2014’s “The Harlem Hellfighters,” a graphic novel about the first African-American infantry unit to serve during World War I.

In anticipation of Brooks’ visit, the United Way of San Luis Obispo County’s Youth Board is holding an essay contest open to all middle and high school students in San Luis Obispo County. Winners will get the chance to meet Brooks and receive gift cards from the MacSuperstore in San Luis Obispo.

Tickets for Brooks’ April 14 talk, which will be followed by a book signing, cost $25 to $35, or $10 for students. Proceeds benefit the public library foundation. For information, call 756-4849 or visit or