Chuck Palahniuk: Tell All

WED, MAY 5, 2010 (1:19:11)

Chuck Palahniuk acclaimed novelist discusses of his newest book, Tell All, a novel inspired by the life of Lillian Hellman.

Tell-All is a Sunset Boulevard–-inflected homage to Old Hollywood when Bette Davis and Joan Crawford ruled the roost; a veritable Tourette’s syndrome of rat-tat-tat name-dropping, from the A-list to the Z-list; and a merciless send-up of Lillian Hellman’s habit of butchering the truth that will have Mary McCarthy cheering from the beyond.

Our Thelma Ritter–ish narrator is Hazie Coogan, who for decades has tended to the outsized needs of Katherine “Miss Kathie” Kenton—veteran of multiple marriages, career comebacks, and cosmetic surgeries. But danger arrives with gentleman caller Webster Carlton Westward III, who worms his way into Miss Kathie’s heart (and boudoir). Hazie discovers that this bounder has already written a celebrity tell-all memoir foretelling Miss Kathie’s death in a forthcoming Lillian Hellman–penned musical extravaganza; as the body count mounts, Hazie must execute a plan to save Katherine Kenton for her fans—and for posterity.

+ BIO: Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk's previous novels include the bestselling Fight Club, which was made into a film by director David Fincher, Choke, which was made into a film by director Clark Gregg; Lullaby, Haunted, Rant, and Pygmy. He is also the author of Fugitives and Refugees, a nonfiction profile of Portland, Oregon, published as part of the Crown Journeys series, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

+ BIO: Ned Hinkle

Ned Hinkle brings to the Brattle Theatre 10 years of programming and event logistics experience from both the film and music industries. After three years in the music business, Ned's first love, film, called him back and he began working for Beacon Cinema Group, then the company that operated and programmed the Brattle Theatre. In 2001, after five years with Beacon Cinema Group, Ned founded the Brattle Film Foundation with Ivy Moylan and took over the lease of the Brattle Theatre. Ned has taken all of his experience and brought it to the foundation as the Brattle's Creative Director where he works on all programming, marketing and special events.

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