Update! Waggytail are now accepting online/pre-bids. People can email WaggytailAuction@gmail.com for more info on this. But basically, it breaks down like this: someone gives them their max bid, they confirm their information through a $5 donation on PayPal, and they'll then have people at the auction set up to bid for them. If they end up winning, they then PayPal Waggytail the money and the prizes will be mailed to them.
Waggytail Rescue is a New York based dog rescue non-profit organization that Chuck is a huge supporter of. On Friday, May 7 they are having a benefit auction (which is the day after Chuck's NYC reading for Tell-All) and Chuck has very generously donated a prize to be auctioned off which we think you're all going to flip for -- especially his New York fans who will actually have a chance to come bid on this amazing item!
The prize: an authentic, original wrap jacket from the set of the movie FIGHT CLUB!
This jacket was only given to a handful of people associated with the film including Brat Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, and of course Chuck Palahniuk, as a wrap gift from the film's director David Fincher, at the film's completion in 1998. The "Rules of Fight Club" are sewn on the inside of the jacket. read more »
Chuck On Damned
Damned is about an eleven-year old girl who wakes up basically and finds that she is in hell and that she's dead, and that she's going to be eleven-years old and dead in hell for the rest of eternity. So she has to, number one, make friends and figure out how hell works and make the best of it. But she's also got to figure out why she's in hell and how she died, and then ultimately whether or not she wants to petition to go to heaven, to try and uncover some mistake that might have been made. So it's about an eleven-year old, a very optimistic, cheerful, pushy little girl who finds herself in hell.
14 questions for Chuck Palahniuk, author of
FIGHT CLUB, CHOKE and this year’s outrage, TELL-ALL.
Question: A casual observer might be surprised at the depth of knowledge of 50’s-era movies that you display in TELL-ALL. Where does this come from?
Chuck Palahniuk: That vast wealth of 50's film info comes from my editor, Gerry Howard (who has a life-long crush on Gene Tierney, so feel free to tease him about it. He still carries her photo inside his wallet). Originally I'd written TELL-ALL chock-a-block with references to silent movie stars from the 'teens and 1920's, but Gerry thought they were too, too esoteric and forgotten. Ask me anything about silent movies -- did you know that Lon Chaney was such a brilliant master of gesture because both his parents were deaf and mute -- and I will bore you with trivia until you weep like a little girl.
Q: What is your favorite movie of that time, and why?
CP: Anything by Douglas Sirk. All I have to do is hear the opening strains of Earl Grant singing the theme to "Imitation of Life" and I collapse into a quivering heap. Susan Kohner throwing herself across her dead mother's casket... that's movie magic! read more »
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Artist David Witt has just unveiled his awesome poster for Tell-All. You might remember that David did posters for Snuff and Pygmy too.
The poster is now available on his site and is in limited quantity, so hurry.
The Preacher ManInterview by Stephen Conley
I've been reading comic books on and off since I was 15. Out of all of the books I've read, Irish writer Garth Ennis' Preacher has always been at the top. It's violent and offensive and completely subversive. On top of all that, it's a classic in modern storytelling.
But Garth Ennis is much more than Preacher. He's been an active and prolific creator for over 20 years, staying away from the mainstream with his decidedly adult works until his recent work on Marvel Comics' The Punisher, upon which both recent movies were based.
His most current books are a great revival in war comics, such as 303 and Battlefields.
As much as I would have loved to sit on the phone with Mr. Ennis and translate his accent, I was allowed a handful of answers via email from the always busy man. read more »
Here is our latest installment of 'Sorry You Asked' with Dr. Josh Bazell. Do you recognize the person asking the question? It's one of our beloved regulars on the forum! As you may recall, Josh is the author of Beat The Reaper, easily one of the best books of 2009, and soon to be a motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio. He also happens to be a doctor that is willing to answer all the terrible those questions that make you... sorry you asked!
They published a sequel to the book that was adapted into a movie about us.
History repeats the old conceits, whether you are a twenty-one year old college student publishing his first novel, or the disaffected rich kids he writes about. Twenty-five years after the publication of Less Than Zero, after the controversy of American Psycho and the inevitable backlash, after the genre experimentation of Lunar Park, Brett Easton Ellis comes full circle, revisiting the lives of the characters that made him famous in the first place.
But do they need to be revisited? According to screenwriter William Goldman, sequels are whores' movies. Can the same be said for those of the literary variety? Even if money isn't an author's primary motivation, the road to hell is paved with shitty sequels. Greedy readers ache to know, "what's next?", but give them the wrong "next," and you run the risk of ruining your legacy. Just ask George Lucas. I'm not saying Less Than Zero is the Star Wars of over-sexed casual drug users who grew up in the 80's, but if Terby was Ellis' Ewoks, the potential for Imperial Bedrooms to be his Phantom Menace is there. read more »
PLEASE NOTE: This is a stand-alone Chuck Palahniuk speaking event that is not related to the US 'Tell-All' tour. We assume there will be no signing or reading from 'Tell-All'. But please confirm with actual venue. Details below.
Ooligan Press is excited to announce that award-winning authors Chuck Palahniuk and Ursula K. Le Guin will be sharing their publishing experiences at the Oolicon: Write to Publish open house event, May 23, 2010, at Portland State University.
Write to Publish, affectionately known as Oolicon, is a conference organized by Ooligan Press. The primary goal of Write to Publish is to demystify the publishing process for writers. Write to Publish is different from other writing conferences in that it does not focus on the craft of writing, but rather on the process of getting published.
On May 22, Workshop Day, choose to attend workshops for writers or workshops for industry professionals. Come back on May 23, Open House Day, to mingle with professionals in the industry and to hear authors speak about their experiences with the publishing process.
Ticket prices are $130 for writers for the full conference (this includes five workshops and the Open House on the second day) or $32 per workshop. Ticket prices are $215 for industry professionals for the full conference.
Tickets for the Open House on May 23, where Chuck Palahniuk is speaking, are $10 at the door and $8 for students.
To purchase tickets, please contact the Portland State University box office at (503) 725-3307.
UPDATE: Promo is now over. Doubleday is not receiving any more emails. Winners will be notified soon.
Doubleday is giving away 200 rare Tell-All posters to the first 100 people to email them right now. This is no joke. Picture it like one of those radio DJ promotions where the first 10 people to call a number get concert tix. Well, here, they're giving away 2 posters to each of the first 100 people that contact them. Be sure to include your mailing address and full name. U.S. entrants only.
This is a rare poster that you will not find anywhere else.
Promotion starts right now. read more »
The Architect of the Trojan Horse that is Little BeeInterview by Kasey Carpenter
I recently caught Chris Cleave in Dallas as he wrapped up a 35 day tour across the US promoting his second novel, Little Bee, now being released in paperback. Little Bee is a New York Times Bestseller, shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Novel Award, nominated for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, long-listed for IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.
We scheduled an hour, and wound up chatting for about four. We talked about Little Bee, the fear of screen adaptations (of his first book, Incendiary and the upcoming adaptation of Little Bee), rewriting Star Wars, what literature needs to learn from the music industry, and why being asked if you want the keys to the minibar at check-in is such a loaded question. These are the highlights, culled from the audio: read more »