The current zombie craze has already spawned awesomely undead bar bashes (including Minneapolis's own Zombie Pub Crawl) and a flesh-eating cable-television ratings juggernaut (AMC's The Walking Dead). But what cultural nourishment is there for the serious book lover who also happens to crave a heaping helping of zombie blood and guts? For them, there's Zone One (Doubleday), novelist Colson Whitehead's critically acclaimed detour into apocalyptic sci-fi, teeming with both rotting corpses and pithy cultural commentary. In addition to the expected ghastly ghoul attacks, Whitehead's take on terror includes digs on corporate America as savvy brands battle to get in on the ground floor as official sponsors of society's reconstruction. Steered by the droll, narrative voice of slacker-turned-government-sanctioned-zombie-killer Mark Spitz, Zone One offers a truly lively take on undead lit. The author will read from his work and converse with host Keri Miller as part of Minnesota Public Radio's Talking Volumes series.
Wed., Nov. 2, 7 p.m., 2011