Episode 09
Season 04
Air date: 11/2/2011, 2 PM CST

On this Lit Show, co-host Ben Mauk speaks with Colson Whitehead about his new novel, Zone One, a darkly satiric portrait of the coming zombie apocalypse.

Whitehead is the author of the novels Sag Harbor, Apex Hides the Hurt, John Henry Days, and The Intuitionist, as well as a book of essays, The Colossus of New York. He lives in pre-apocalypse New York City.

Whitehead’s reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper’s and Granta. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

Publishers Weekly says about Zone One: “Whitehead dumpster dives genre tropes, using what he wants and leaving the rest to rot, turning what could have been another zombie-pocalypse gore-fest into the kind of smart, funny, pop culture–filled tale that would make George Romero proud.”

Whitehead read at Prairie Lights on Friday, October 28th at 7 PM.

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