Max Brooks speaking at Fresno City College

• Max Brooks to speak at Fresno City College

• His writing has influenced zombie culture

• Latest book looks at little known World War I regiment


Max Brooks, author of “World War Z,” will speak at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, in the OAB Auditorium at Fresno City College, 1101 E University Ave. The zombie-lore expert, graphic novelist and a best-selling author is making the local appearance as part of the Fresno City College Speakers Forum.

The event is open to the public and admission is free. A reception and book signing will follow the presentation. His books will be available for purchase at the event.

Brooks, the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, has had a big influence on the interest in zombies in recent years. Both his “The Zombie Survival Guide” and “The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks” have offered new spins on the walking dead genre.

The author is using zombies as the basis for his books, but what he presents can also be used in dealing with real-world disasters.

Brooks is best known for his famous parents and his zombie knowledge, but he has tackled very serious topics with his writing. His latest book, “The Harlem Hellfighters” (Broadway Books, $16.95), chronicles the little-known story of the first African-American regiment mustered to fight in WWI. Despite overt racism, the Hellfighters became one of the most successful-but least celebrated-regiments of the war.

He’s also a former “Saturday Night Live” writer.