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Pittsburgh Zombies To Invade Library Tuesday

The next Lunch With Books program Tuesday at the Ohio County Public Library will be “All Zombies are Local: Deconstructing the Pittsburgh Zombie.” (Photo Provided)

WHEELING — Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library will present a special Halloween program called “All Zombies are Local: Deconstructing the Pittsburgh Zombie.”

The program will take place at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Filmed in Pittsburgh, George A. Romero’s 1968 cult classic film “Night of the Living Dead” and its first sequel, “Dawn of the Dead” (1978) vividly illustrate the connections between the Rust Belt, zombies and labor strikes.

The library presentation will feature film clips, an overview of Hugh S. Manon’s article “Living Dead Spaces: The Desire for the Local in the Films of George Romero,” and a contemporary poetic take on the Rust Belt zombie genre.

Presenter Allison Pitinii Davis is the author of “Line Study of a Motel Clerk” (Baobab, 2017), a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award and the National Jewish Book Award in Poetry. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, POETS.org, The New Republic and elsewhere. She serves as the interim writing center coordinator at Bethany College.

To promote the program, library staff produced a short film, a tribute to Romero’s Pittsburgh Zombie, titled, “They’re coming to get you, Wheeling!” The 6 minute film was written and produced by Library programming director Sean Duffy, with photography by Don Feenerty and Jared Thompson and editing and effects by library staff member Erin Rothenbuehler. It stars Brigitte Mazure, Ron Scott, Bob Villamagna and Elmer Murphy as the terrifying Clown Zombie.

The film can be viewed on the LWB YouTube channel at: tiny.cc/LWB-YouTube.

Lunch With Books is the library’s flagship program for adult patrons. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch to the free program, which typically starts on Tuesdays at noon in the auditorium on the lower level of the library.

Complimentary beverages are provided. Call the library at 304-232-0244 or visit www.ohiocountylibrary.org for more information.

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