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Amy Hempel Interview

A Long Time Coming
Rob Hart
Amy Hempel

Amy Hempel is a tough interview.

I don't mean that to say she's rude or doesn't answer questions, it's just that this interview started more than two years ago.

The first time I approached her for this was Aug. 10, 2006, at a reading in the park at Union Square, where she joined other writers to read excerpts from Unleashed: Poems by Writers' Dogs.

By the end of the reading the skies opened. The kind of rain that changes the direction of rivers. She ducked under a tent and stayed to chat with friends and fans. When the crowd cleared, I made my pitch.

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CHOKE Movie: Soundtrack Listing Announced!

News On The Official Soundtrack for 'Choke'Let me start by saying that Radiohead is NOT doing the score for 'Choke'. Nor are they contributing a previously unreleased song for the soundtrack. Yes, that would be cool as all hell. But it's unfortunately not true. I have that from my contacts at Fox Searchlight, so you can believe it.

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Two More Upcoming Chuck Events! One In NYC & One In LA!

I heard from Chuck's publicist yesterday, Todd Doughty, with even more great news on promotion front. Chuck has TWO more upcoming events scheduled to promote CHOKE. It also turns out that Clark Gregg (director of 'Choke') will also be in attendance for Chuck's sold out August 30th reading at The Strand! Here are the two new dates:

UPDATE: No tickets are necessary for either of these events. It's strictly first come first serve.

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"Rant" Gets A Movie Option!

'Rant' gets a movie option!

I was contacted this week by a film industry friend and producer who has just optioned the rights to the movie version of 'Rant'. He kindly asked me to keep this nondescript for now, but I can say that 'Rant' is officially optioned now and is in the early stages of development. We'll keep you informed as they progress onward.

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Cult Master's Program Breaks New Ground

Jon Leiberman Teaches The Latest Cult Master's Course!The Cult Master's Program is back in action with a fall line-up that breaks new ground, adding journalism and non-fiction writing to our exciting roster of upcoming classes.  First on this new menu is a killer opportunity for anyone who has ever admired the skills of top investigative reporters or wondered how to add depth and credibility to writing of all kinds through the deployment of advanced research and sleuthing skills.

To lead us on this journey, I have recruited a top player in the field.  Jon Leiberman is an Emmy award-winning investigative correspondent who has filed hundreds of reports on fugitives across the country and abroad for the FOX TV show “America’s Most Wanted.” An expert in all things crime, he regularly appears on shows including “The Today Show,” “Shepard Smith’s Fox Report”, “Nancy Grace,” “The Dan Abrams Report” and “The Maury Povich Show,” and is quoted extensively on crime stories in newspapers throughout the country.

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Christa Faust Interview

You Were Expecting A Dude?
Rob Hart
Christa Faust

Close your eyes. Well, not yet. Read the next paragraph first.

Picture a hard-boiled bad-ass. That noir anti-hero with blood-flecked armor, imperfect but too cool to show it. Lighting a cigarette and staring off into the distance with that world-weary look of someone who knows all the angles but still can't figure out how the hell they got into this mess.

OK, now you can close your eyes, and once you get that image of that person in your head, open them back up.


You pictured a guy, didn't you?

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Chuck Palahniuk's August Essay, "Nuts & Bolts: Plot Points"

/workshop/chucks-essays-2008-32Hey guys, apologies for getting this one up late.  Lots of our Cult staff (myself included) are doing the whole summer-vacation-with-the-family thing.  But we're all back at home now (kind of) and have Chuck's August essay, "Nuts & Bolts: Plot Points" ready for you to devour. 

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Chuck Is Reading In NYC! With Moderator, Amy Hempel! SOLD OUT!

Chuck Palahniuk reading at The Strand in NY, with moderator Amy Hempel!  August 30th!

UPDATE: You can pre-order signed copies of all of Chuck’s books on our site and view the event live on STRAND TV

You'll remember that Chuck had to cancel his stop in New York last minute for his recently ended 'Snuff' tour.  You'll also remember that Chuck promised his fans he would make it up to them as soon as he could.  Well, that day has come.

I just heard from Chuck's publicist and it's official: Chuck will be reading at The Strand on August 30th.  And Amy Hempel will be the moderator of the event!  Here are the hard details:

Chuck Palahniuk at The Strand (NYC)
August 30th, 1pm
*Event is limited to 125 people.
**Tickets have to be purchased, but this guarantees a signed copy of SNUFF (like they did last year with RANT)

Purchase Tickets Here!

Tickets include a personalized copy of SNUFF and a Strand tote bag. Also, Todd has requested that the fans are able to also have two other Chuck Palahniuk books signed, that don't have to be bought at The Strand.

The events coordinator at The Strand was going to send out a big eblast to their newsletter tomorrow morning at 8am, announcing the event and ticket info.  But Chuck's publicist asked her to wait until Saturday so we could give you all the news first.