It's not every day that a highly acclaimed author specifically asks for your signature. And no, I wasn't just signing a check for one of his excellent books.
Palahniuk was in Louisville on June 8 during a book tour for his latest book, "Haunted." You may not recognize the name, but you may know him as the author of "Fight Club." Many of his other works are also in the middle of movie deals, including my favorite, "Choke."
Approximately 500 people came to the Clifton Center on Payne Street to see Palahniuk, who didn't disappoint. He began the session by passing out scented roses, which he did to go along with his reading. The unpublished story told the tale of a male stripper who had had a history of elliptic seizures.
After the reading, he answered numerous questions from the crowd and also threw novelty items (rats and eyeballs) that relate to his next novel. When asked about the plot, Palahniuk would only say that it involved an interesting society of party crashers, who decorate cars and drive them around town and into designated spots.
Many people waited in line to meet Palahniuk and receive his autograph. When it was my turn, I used the opportunity to give him "The Developers." I marked a few chapters for him to read (including the one that references "Fight Club") with the hope that he offers his feedback. Before I could leave, Palahniuk said, "You did autograph it, right?" I nodded and wondered how often a celebrity would make sure I signed my book.