Drawing: Tickets for Chuck Palahniuk in Saratoga + Northshire gift certificate

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Author Chuck Palahniuk will be at Skidmore November 1 to talk about his new book Beautiful You. The event is organized by Northshire Bookstore. And we have a prize package for the event -- 2 tickets, one copy of Beautiful You, and a $50 gift certificate to Northshire -- that's we're giving away. Maybe to you.

To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

If the Capital Region -- either the whole area, or one specific part of it -- was a novel, what would its title be?

It could be anything. Non-redeemable bonus points for fun ideas with a one-line synopsis. We'll draw one winner at random.

Palahniuk is the author of books such as Fight Club and Choke. He's described his new book as "gonzo erotica."

The event at Skidmore is at 7 pm in Palamountain Hall's Gannett Auditorium. Tickets -- which include one copy of the book -- are $35 and available online. (There's also a $25 student ticket.)

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Friday, October 9, 2014 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 10 am on Saturday and must respond by 5 pm on Monday, October 13.

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"Average: Is normalcy boring, or sexy?"

(The capital region of New York state and its inferiority complex regarding New York City).

Up and Coming

Cracking Eggs

Upstate NY: More than just farms

Captive in the Capital District; the story of how hard it is to leave the Big Town with that Small Town feel.

"On the next special episode of Glenville."

Group of friends have all these late night random adventures where you think they would learn something but never do.

Young adult fiction.

(it's a long running joke with friends every time we see the Glenville town signs)

Capital Complex

Albany New New York

Running Red Lights

'Tales of the 518'

"Upper Upstate: All Over The Capital Region"

The Long Lost 'All America' City: Albany and it's demise

Indian Ladder


Just Enough

We have just enough urban life to make our population centers interesting without being all-encompassing and cutting us off from the natural beauty that surrounds us.

After the flood - A post-apocalyptic story after the dam breaks and everyone flees NYC because there's no drinkable water.

Just Three Hours Away

Eminent Domain (a noir set in and around the building of the ESPlaza)

Capital Cray Cray

The Tallest Building
(between Montreal and NYC)

I love upstate

Alba, NY

Diamonds and the Dutch: The haunting of Rensselaer County, the thirst for wealth and the quest for power.

The Capital Affair

Downstate Girl Grows Up(state): A Memoir

Capital Letter A.

Off the Bit
Play on when a jockey rides a horse so hard they lose contact with the bit - a bit like some politicians push the capital region so hard

Pelts, Politics, Poverty & Prosperity: The tital cultures of a Hudson River Region

Title: "Survival"

Synopsis: The mundane life of a worker in the Alfred E. Smith building is forever changed when she/he gets trapped in the Assembly Chamber as the zombie uprising begins. Which legislators will be her/his allies as she/he fights for survival, and which ones have already been turned?

At the Center of it all.

An Upstate of Mind

Thunder In the Summertime, Apples in the Fall

Albany: C'mon In!

Thirty-Five Years of Solitaire.

A state employee's entire working life seen only through his thoughts and daydreams playing Microsoft Solitaire in a dark subbasement of the NY State Museum.

"Makes One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich read like The Family Circus...utterly numbing...I broke down into tears merely knowing that the book was on its way to my cubby-hole...I found myself at one point eating my own contact lenses...I don't even have a cubby-hole!" -- Michiko Kakutani, NY Times

Capital Confidential

Skinny Jeans and Flannel: Life in the Capital City

A transplant from Malone, NY lands a plum government job in Albany and his unironic wearing of flannel helps him fit right in with the 20somethings on Lark St.

Capital Offense.

A Stop Along the Hudson

"Glowing Trains" -- Oil trains derail, spilling oil into the Hudson and catching fire. People run for cover and the fire house that is soon to be shut down re-opens to save the day.

Capital District, where you go when you leave Long Island

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