The last book tour that brought Chuck Palahniuk to Miami had a reputation for fainting audience members and prop-based theatrics. That book, Haunted, played with literary convention and had a high gross-out factor. Palahniuks latest, Rant, plays with literary convention and hey, wait a minute! Fans of the cult author will definitely recognize his trademark themes of death, destruction, chaos, and angst, but Rant is quite different from the preceding nine books on this authors resume. And his visit will be different, too. This tour will be like Haunted squared. One thing Ill be doing since this is ten years and ten books, is, Ill be asking trivia questions to the audience. And whoever gets them all right will get a prize. Also, I had this idea about giving spectacular prizes to whoever shows up wearing a wedding gown, male or female. Itll be a smorgasbord of stuff happening, he assures us.
The bridal theme takes a gory twist in Rant, which features among many other things (including a superstrain of rabies, a government-enforced segregation of the diseased, and a willfully contradictory oral history about the protagonist), an urban demolition derby that delights in so-called party crashing. On designated nights derby teams deck out their cars in Just Married regalia, and crash into each other with intent to kill. If this book sounds sick and twisted to you, just wait. Ive fallen into a cycle of over-the-top book, and milder book. This is the milder book. My book for next year will piss everybody off, he declares proudly. So whats that one about, you ask? His protagonist sets out to um, host the worlds largest gangbang, once and for all. Were already ready for him to come back. Wear your wedding best and meet Chuck Palahniuk tonight at 7:30 at the historic Coast Guard Hangar at Shake-a-Leg. Tickets are required, and are available with the purchase of one copy of Rant at Books & Books.
Sat., May 12, 7:30 p.m.