Colson Whitehead, best known for his 2009 novel Sag Harbor, recently released a novel about zombies, Zone One. The book challenges literary conventions and may very well represent a change in perspective from the literary establishment toward genre novels. Spanning three days in a post-apocalyptic world, the story deftly handles traditional tropes with often frightening, yet genuinely funny writing. "Zone One is about the end of the world," Whitehead told us. "I like to keep it fresh book to book, and this is a challenge. Some books are linear, some less linear." Whitehead will be in Miami next month for the Miami Book Fair International, but Cultist caught up with the author in anticipation of his November appearance. Zone One is an imaginative take on the familiar post-apocolapytic world novel and follows the story of Mark Spitz, a man in charge of cleaning up Lower Manhattan by locating "stragglers," non-cannabalistic zombies who nonetheless populate the streets.
Sat., Nov. 19, 12:30 p.m., 2011