Chuck Palahniuk. Photo by Allan Amato.
Chuck Palahniuk. Photo by Allan Amato.

Carnegie Library Lecture Hall


May 21 (sold-out)
7 p.m.

Fans of the award-winning novel Fight Club—which was made into a cult favorite film starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton—will rejoice to know that its author Chuck Palahniuk has published a comic book sequel and is appearing in town this week.

Those lucky enough to snag tickets to Palahniuk’s sold-out reading and Q&A will enjoy an evening with the acclaimed writer as part of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures‘ new Authors on Tour series featuring national literary voices.

Palahniuk returns to Pittsburgh fresh on the heels of releasing two new works: Fight Club 2, a continuation of his 1996 bestseller in comic book form, and the compilation, Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread.


With Fight Club 2, Palahniuk expands one of his most beloved works, this time via comics. Readers will continue to follow the iconic tale, featuring “an unnamed insomniac narrator, his violent id come to life in the form of Tyler Durden and an underground society built on bare-knuckle brawls and anarchic ideas.” Released in May 2015, the 10-issue Dark Horse Comics maxi-series is illustrated by award-winning artist Cameron Stewart, who has also created works for DC and Marvel.

Described as “funny, caustic, bizarre, poignant,” Make Something Up features 21 stories and one novellaincluding some work that has not been published previouslythat explore the “absurdity of both life and death.”

Nominated for the 1999 Oregon Book Award for Best Novel (Survivor) and the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel (Lullaby in 2002 and Haunted in 2005), Palahniuk was born in Pasco, Washington in 1962 and is currently based in both Oregon and Washington.

Ticket holders ($36) will receive one signed copy of Fight Club 2 (issue #1) and Make Something Up. There will be no autographing at the event. Carnegie Library Lecture Hall is located on Forbes Avenue in Oakland.

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.