CHUCK PALAHNIUK PYGMY BOOK READING: FIGHT CLUB AUTHOR SPEECH & SIGNING IN CANADA.


Chuck Palahniuk Pygmy book tour, author of Fight Club photo, reading and signing and speech in Vancouver Canada, Chapters book store fiction and literature.

Most authors stay below the radar (ie, are ignored by the world) – but Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Choke) has a veritable cult following. Maybe it’s because he personally answers fan mail and offers writing critiques via his Writer’s Workshop. Or perhaps it’s because his legendary book signings unfold like the Rocky Horror Picture Show, with games involving blow-up dolls and people fainting when he reads his gruesome story Guts.

I was delighted to attend Chuck’s reading at Chapters Burnaby (right by Vancouver) to promote his new dark, satirical novel Pygmy. The young crowd overflowed into the surrounding shelves but was remarkably well-behaved.

blow up animal toys, Chuck Palahniuk Pygmy book tour, inflatable penguins and birds autographed by author. giant penguin balloons, thrown to crowd at reading.

Chuck opened by reciting Lewis Carroll’s Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky – a “nonsense” poem that we’re somehow able to comprehend. Pygmy is written in a similar fashion: the narrator’s disjointed English excludes certain words (“to”, “and”, “tomorrow”); he’ll say “the door unhealed” rather than “opened”. To illustrate the socialist-tinged language he created, Chuck read three bedtime stories. Goldilocks becomes: “Quick, next now did savage jaws of Father Bear animal sink jagged teeths into screaming windpipe of imperialist criminal. Entire domicile filled dying screams, spouting blood of decadent state enemy.”

It seems Chuck and I are both fond of contests and blow-up animals. Between the fairy tales, Chuck tossed out plastic penguins that we raced to inflate (“until they’re smooth like Lindsay Lohan”) to win Choke DVDs. Methinks I found another kitchen god for my Death Cookbook show on YouTube!

Chuck Palahniuk autographed book, author signature. Pygmy book signing speech and reading, fight club cult writer books.

Some highlights from the Q&A:
† If Chuck had to pick someone to play Pygmy in a movie, he’d choose Dakota Fanning.
† He spoke about the narrative arc found in much modern literature (Great Gatsby, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Fight Club): the good, obedient character destroys himself; the rebel is killed by society; the observer assimilates this knowledge into a synthesis and walks away to tell the story.

Photography wasn’t allowed at this particular signing, but Chuck make an exception for yours truly. He said I looked lovely, and noted that our outfits matched. (You heard it here first: Chuck Palahniuk hearts Lolita fashion.)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies book, illustrations Jane Austin characters fighting zombie, living dead pictures, Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem bestselling novel

While in the bookstore, I flipped through Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! The title and illustrations (kung fu Elizabeth Bennett) say it all. As you may have seen on my Twitter, I was recently approached to be in a zombie film… I’ll keep you posted!

Finally, Basil Farrow CONTEST WINNERS (apologies for the delay). Megan won the Lucky Cat bento, Carly nabbed the white lucky cat, Mari has the black one, and The Sly Fox and Emilia receive gold cats. Brandi takes home the Astroboy money bank. Congrats, eveyone!

Song of the Day #120: The Cranberries – Zombie

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  • Liz

    Awesome!!!

  • Count D

    Ah that is so cool!!! What a neat coincidence: I just bought and started reading “Fight Club” this week. I'm so jealous that you got to meet Mr. Palahniuk. You're both sporting a rather spheniscidine color scheme, but you're much too svelte to pass for penguins. Did you ask him how he comes up with the the ideas for his novels? Great blog! -Count D

  • Liz

    Awesome!!!

  • Count D

    Ah that is so cool!!! What a neat coincidence: I just bought and started reading “Fight Club” this week. I’m so jealous that you got to meet Mr. Palahniuk. You’re both sporting a rather spheniscidine color scheme, but you’re much too svelte to pass for penguins. Did you ask him how he comes up with the the ideas for his novels? Great blog! -Count D

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Fight Club is an excellent read. I love the “I am Jack’s colon” part.

      Chuck said that because he writes such extreme (and often gruesome) tales, readers feel comfortable approaching him and telling them their stories. Many of the tales (such as Guts) inspire his works!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Fight Club is an excellent read. I love the “I am Jack's colon” part.

    Chuck said that because he writes such extreme (and often gruesome) tales, readers feel comfortable approaching him and telling them their stories. Many of the tales (such as Guts) inspire his works!

  • Dragonswyng

    zombies rule! and so does this goat cheese/spinach/tomato pizza I'm scarfing down as I read this ^-^

  • http://www.myspace.com/demonic_vampyre LiTtLe_MiSs_PsYcHo

    Your such an amazing person! True inspiration!

    #^_^#

  • Dragonswyng

    zombies rule! and so does this goat cheese/spinach/tomato pizza I’m scarfing down as I read this ^-^

  • http://www.myspace.com/demonic_vampyre LiTtLe_MiSs_PsYcHo

    Your such an amazing person! True inspiration!

    #^_^#

  • Wendy

    Thanks for this lovely update!

  • Wendy

    Thanks for this lovely update!

  • http://generoushypocrisy.blogspot.com/ Laura

    CHUCK PALAHNIUK!
    that is suuuuper cool :D

  • http://generoushypocrisy.blogspot.com/ Laura

    CHUCK PALAHNIUK!
    that is suuuuper cool :D

  • Wendy

    Thanks for this lovely update!

  • http://generoushypocrisy.blogspot.com/ Laura

    CHUCK PALAHNIUK!
    that is suuuuper cool :D