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Chuck Palahniuk Survives Car Accident

Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk survived a freak car accident. According to UPI.com, Palahniuk (pictured, via) was sitting in his car parked on a driveway when a semi trailer hit his vehicle on Friday.

Here’s more from the article: “The semi’s driver took a curve too fast, tipping his trailer. The trailer slid toward Palahniuk’s car and struck the side of it before coming to rest blocking the westbound lanes.”

His car was destroyed, but Palahniuk didn’t go to the hospital. The driver also escaped unharmed, but was ticketed for his negligence. His webmaster tweeted: “Spoke to Chuck last night. He’s fine and is recovering. Thank you all for your well wishes.”

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LiveWriters Collects Literary Web Videos

Readers looking for literary-centric web videos can turn to LiveWriters.com. The site showcases videos spotlighting on authors and books of every genre.

Browsers can find everything from book trailers to recorded interviews. The site’s most recent videos features Chuck Palahniuk reading from Knock, Knock, Paul Zak discussing the origins of morality and Jeffrey Eugenides talking about his latest title The Marriage Plot.

Here’s more from the site description: “LiveWriters is home to video and audio by and about writers of all types and kinds, as well as news, stories, original writing – in short anything that matters to writers, writing and the future of our shared culture. And we believe in a good healthy dose of fun too. Participate, play, share, enjoy.”

Fight Club, The Musical?

Could Chuck Palahniuk‘s (pictured) Fight Club be adapted into a musical? The rumor was tweeted on Palahniuk’s official Twitter feed this week.

It sounds like crazy-talk, but Bada** News reports that David Fincher (who directed the popular film adaptation of Palahniuk’s novel) wants to make a musical version. What do you think?

Here are more details: “Tonight The Social Network screened for members of the Screen Actors Guild, and at the Q&A afterwards Fincher mentioned that he’s been recently talking to Trent Reznor about doing the musical … I think it sounds like a stellar idea; it’s completely weird, it’s got the possibility of being excellent and best of all it should inspire a whole new generation to completely and totally miss the point of Fight Club.” (Via Random House)

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Jane Austen’s Fight Club Counts 200,000 Views

The video embedded above mashes up two popular but vastly different literary franchises: Chuck Palahniuk‘s Fight Club and the novels of Jane Austen.

Nevertheless, in this current environment of exclusive deals and eBook spats, maybe a little bit of rough and tumble is exactly what the publishing industry needs. Posted three days ago, the video has already logged more than 200,000 views–perhaps some much needed catharsis for frustrated professionals?

If you haven’t read Palahniuk or seen the movie, this trailer will give you a quick introduction to the violent book and film.

“I Write Like” Program Compares Your Writing to Famous Authors

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I Write Like by Memoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Today the web-based “I Write Like” game distracted the online literary and publishing set. Created by Coding Robots and the journal-writing software Memoires, the program measures your prose against famous writers.

You just cut and paste a sample piece of text to play the game. According to the program, this GalleyCat editor writes like Dan Brown in blog post and Believer stories. However, when writing in the first person, the program compares our writing to Chuck Palahniuk.

Who do you write like? Share your reactions in the comments section–we’d love to get a cross-section of the literary influences in the audience. (Via Edward Champion)

Doubleday Executive Editor Wins 2009 Maxwell E. Perkins Award

geraldhoward.jpgDoubleday executive editor and VP Gerald Howard has won the Mercantile Library Center for Fiction’s 2009 Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Fiction.

Howard will receive his award at the Library’s November 9 annual dinner in New York City. This is the fifth year the award has been given out, and past recipients included Harcourt editor Drenka Willen and Farrar, Straus & Giroux president Jonathan Galassi. To find out more about the winner, check out this GalleyCat interview with Howard.

Here’s an excerpt from the release: “Mr. Howard has been with Doubleday since 1998. In his tenure at Doubleday, he has worked with Kate Christensen, Pat Barker, Walter Kirn, Chuck Palahniuk, Bill Bryson, Muriel Spark, Robert Bingham and Gore Vidal.”

Chuck Palahniuk Launches Design Contest

pygmy-us-hardcover1.jpgFans of novelist Chuck Palahniuk will be competing to create his next promotional tool.

The bestselling author of “Choke” and “Fight Club” is holding a contest to design a promotional logo for his novel “Pygmy,” which will be released in May. The designers are billing the book as “The Manchurian Candidate meets South Park,” and there is a book trailer for the title.

Here’s more from the contest: “The novel is about a group of adolescent agents from an unspecified country not unlike North Korea who, disguised as foreign exchange students, enter the US with the intent of infiltrating typical American families and eventually unleashing a terrorist act which they have called Operation Havoc. We want to design and print ‘Operation Havoc’ stickers that these agents would recognize and that Palahniuk’s fans can distribute.”

Book Trailer Theater: Celebrity Match

Paste Magazine has built a thoughtful list of book trailers, including a few videos that GalleyCat missed with celebrity guests or zombies.

Tune into “A Survey of the Imperfect Art of the Book Trailer” to see trailers with actors Kevin Nealon, Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous), and Kat Dennings (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist).

Here’s more from the article: “Want to see Chuck Palahniuk interview his character, porn star Cassie Wright (who, from page to YouTube, has transformed from feminine sex vixen to manly drag queen)? How about a mock commercial for zombie anti-depressants or a scene from a book performed with notable actors? Then check out these beauties that cross media to garner interest for their respective titles.”

The Comeback of Collectible Editions

The Wall Street Journal’s Sam Schechner takes recent deluxe editions of Michael Chabon‘s THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN’S UNION and Chuck Palahniuk‘s RANT as a sign such collectible volumes are returning to the forefront (which was already the subject of a similar piece last month by C. Max Magee.) Within the struggling book industry, these efforts are intended to deepen fan bases for popular authors while ginning up extra profit.

Besides the chance that limited-edition books will appreciate in value, the new spate of expensive books dovetails with the expansion of goods targeted at wealthy consumers. “They’re an expensive luxury item,” says Jonathan Burnham, publisher at HarperCollins, which says it has sold out of its 1,000 copies of Chabon’s $150 limited-edition “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union.” “The whole DVD-retailing world has shown that people will pay a premium.”

Miller Moves from Vintage to Knopf

PW Daily reports that Vintage/Anchor senior editor Andrew Miller is moving floors in the Random House building as a result of his new gig as a senior editor at Knopf. “Andrew is an exceptional editor who, in his tenure at Vintage/Anchor, has demonstrated a keen eye for topical nonfiction,” said Knopf chairman and editor-in-chief Sonny Mehta in yesterday’s announcement. Miller has edited books by Victor Davis Hanson, Tom Bissell, James Fallows and Neal Pollack, as well as worked with authors including Robert Caro, David Remnick, Lawrence Wright, Robert Kagan, Hampton Sides, and Chuck Palahniuk.

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