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Fight Club author, Chuck Palahniuk, cuts ribbon at new Barnes & Noble in Salem

Chuck Palahniuk cuts the ribbon of the new Barnes and Noble in Salem

Bookstores are a place of magic and enchantment, a place of mystery and survival, where imagination thrives, and history rests as readers cast their eyes over the written words that will take them to places that can only come from fiction.

Excitement fills the air as book lovers of all ages gather around the entrance of the newest Barnes & Noble store in Lancaster in Salem on Wednesday, Nov 1.

But one mysterious man stood in the way of readers and their next adventure. Chuck Palahniuk stood at the store's entrance wielding oversized red scissors that would soon cut the only obstacle that stood in the way of readers and their beloved books: A thin red ribbon.

Some might remember a famous saying from Palahniuk's book, "There is only one rule of Fight Club," but Palahniuk wasn't there for "Fight Club" he was there for a different reason. He was there to celebrate his new book, "Not Forever but for Now," with a book signing at the massive bookstore's grand opening at the Lancaster Mall.

"Fight Club" author Chuck Palahniuk signs copies of his new book "Not Forever but for Now"

Before he cut the ribbon, Store Manager Crystal Saldana made her opening remarks.

"I'm so excited to share this experience with you and I want to take just a moment and thank all of the employees that you see here today. Everyone has been working so hard over the last several weeks getting the store ready and making it magical for you all, so thank you," said Saldana.

Saldana finished her remarks and offered Palahniuk a chance to speak before cutting the ribbon.

"We are all here because we love books, I am going to leave it at that," said Palahniuk.

Palahniuk raises the giant scissors to the red ribbon and splits the ribbon into two with the sharp instrument that ironically would be a nightmare to readers and their books.

As the ribbon fell to the ground, a loud cheer came from the crowd that gathered. Then Palahniuk moved and held open the door as hundreds of book lovers flooded the entrance of the newly opened store.

On opening day, Barnes & Noble held six events, according to Saldana, but many more are planned for the rest of the week, including a reading hour on Saturday with Ceacar, the no-drama lama.

"I'm just really excited to be a part of this community. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. Everyone is very excited for us to be here, and I think it's been a long time coming. It's really good to have a bookstore here in Lancaster," said Saldana.

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