This is a big one, folks. Chuck was interviewed for TIME Magazine while on the road for his U.S. 'Pygmy' Tour. The picture above (which I think is one of the best I've ever seen of Chuck) was taken by Neilson Bernard for Getty.
Well, the U.S. leg of the 2009 'Pygmy' tour has ended. Many of you were upset that Chuck was only able to do five cities this time around, not the least of which was Chuck himself. But as you heard him mention in the recent KPBS interview, he lost his mother recently to cancer and spent a large potion of last year caring for her. Also don't forget that he was coming off two tours in 2008. One for the 'Snuff' hardcover and then another one soon after for the 'Choke' movie.
What I can tell you is that Chuck has three more locked tour events coming up in Canada. You can see those dates on our Tour page. Also, don't forget to Join Operation Havoc and get your pictures in before the events begin! We have not heard any information yet on whether or not he will be touring overseas. But the year is young and anything is possible.
For now, we have set up a wonderful new Flickr group that fans have been uploading all of their tour photos too. You can check out the group by visiting the below link:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/chuck-palahniuk-pygmy-tour/pool/ read more »
New Tshirts are available for the upcoming 'Pygmy' tour! You may remember that we did this last year and the year before, for 'Snuff' and 'Rant' (respectively). We initially held off on making these, due to the fact that Chuck is only doing five stops on this tour. But then three more stops got added to Canada and we suddenly had 8 cities that we could list on the back of the shirt.
So this is the first time we've ever offered tour Tshirts with Canadian dates included! read more »
Pygmy is now out in bookstores across America. Chuck usually doesn't need our help doing this, but let's try and get him in the bestseller list again. In otherwards, don't wait to get your copy. Rush down to your local bookstore and scoop one up today! Or, order a copy from Amazon and get your good friends at The Cult a small commission while you're at it:
I'd like to use this thread as a place to gather reviews that begin appearing online, so if you want to help us out, go ahead and link any reviews you're able to find. We'll then begin updating the actual Pygmy section on the site with them.
For today, check out this awesome article the Baltimore Sun did on Chuck recently. Yours truly was interviewed for the piece, and I think it's a great read.
We're trying something new this year. Besides the normal way of having fans send in photos themselves from the "Pygmy" tour, we have just set up a specific group on Flickr to host even more pics.
If you prefer to directly upload your photos to your own account, just tag them with pygmytour and they'll show up in our group too. read more »
Not quite sure exactly what this is, but Random House is promoting it, and it seems fun. Check out the details from their home page, then get over there and join in.
To celebrate the release of Chuck Palahniuk's new book, Pygmy, we invite you to choose your sparring maneuver and upload your photo today in the the Operation Havoc Photo Challenge.
The top 10 most popular photos will be given to Chuck Palahniuk to judge, and he will crown one of you as the Pygmy Photo Challenge King or Queen. For this, you will get a signed copy of Pygmy to add to your collection.
Last year, Doubleday commissioned a very talented artist by the name of David Dwitt to design a tour poster for 'Snuff'. I was actually not aware of this, but those of you who were at some of the events might have seen it. So I'm happy to report that David has returned this year with a beautiful poster for 'Pygmy'.
David only has 200 of these posters available! So I urge you all to gobble it up before the tour starts by visiting the below link. Poster is only $20! If you're attending any of the stops and have it by then, you can have Chuck sign it in person!
David also have some posters left from the 'Snuff' tour stop in MPLS at the Triple Rock here:
This is the only tour merchandise that David has available this year, so hurry before they all go! I personally can't wait to frame this thing and hang it in my office.
The winners of the Doubleday contest to select stickers for 'Operation Havoc' have been selected. To recap, this was a contest hosted on Crowdspring to get designs for stickers for the upcoming Pygmy tour. These stickers will be handed our during readings. Here's a word from Doubleday direct: read more »
I wanted to get this one up sooner, as the magazine has been on newstands for over a week now, but we've been sort of deluged by news updates lately. (and the 'Pygmy' tour hasn't even started yet!). Anyway, Chuck Palahniuk is the main interview in the May issue of Playboy, now out.
You might have heard me make mention once that we were interviewed as well. This was actually the case, and the editors were going to include a full sidebar piece all about The Cult. But last minute they had to cut it out, due to layout issues. Oh well, at least we came close.
The full interview can only be read in the print magazine, but you can get a tease of it here:
http://www.playboy.com/articles/playboy-interview-chuck-palahniuk/index.html read more »
Hey, guys! With the May 6th reading for Chuck Palahniuk's Pygmy tour close to selling out, the good people of The Strand have decided to move the event to a larger venue. This will allow them to offer more tickets. Enough from me though, here's the word from The Strand:
GREAT NEWS FOR NEW YORK CITY CHUCK FANS:
NEW BLOCK OF TICKETS ON SALE FOR WEDNESDAY, 5/6 WEBSTER HALL EVENT
Chuck will appear live at Webster Hall on Wednesday, 5/6 with Amy Hempel to promote his new novel, PYGMY, in conjunction with the Strand Book Store. Due to the overwhelming demand for event tickets, the Strand is now moving Chuck’s event to the legendary Webster Hall’s historic, majestic Grand Ballroom.
An additional 250 tickets are now available for sale – visit http://www.strandbooks.com/app/www/p/profile/?isbn=149969170x to purchase.
The $35 ticket guarantees a signed copy of PYGMY and two drinks at the event.
**Please note that the 150 VIP tickets that enable you to meet Chuck and get your book personalized are sold out. read more »