Saturday, April 19, 2003

Chuck Palahniuk

CHUCK PALAHNIUK was a featured author of the Nye Beach Writers' Series in 1999, just before his novel Fight Club was released as a movie starring Brad Pitt. He has written four other books including Choke, Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and his newest, Lullaby, which involves a lethal African poem, an unwitting serial killer, haunted-house broker and a frozen baby. All of Chuck's books have been bestsellers.

Lullaby is a chillingly pertinent parable about the dangers of psychic infection and control in an era of wildly over proliferated information: "Imagine a plague you catch through your ears ...."

Chuck was born in Pasco, Washington. He worked as a diesel truck service mechanic for thirteen years after graduating from the University of Oregon with a BA in journalism. He won an Oregon Newspaper Editors Association Award for most comprehensive coverage of a news event, an Oregon Book Award for best novel, and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. And, he has been a major underwriter of the Nye Beach Writers' Series, for which we are eternally grateful.

"Humor is crucial," Chuck says. "Otherwise, why bother?

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