Gallery Books to Publish Memoir by Jackie Chan

NEW YORK, June 14—Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will publish NEVER GROW UP by Jackie Chan, it was announced today by Jennifer Bergstrom, Senior Vice President and Publisher.

NEVER GROW UP is a candid memoir from one of the most recognizable, influential, and beloved film stars in the world.  Everyone knows Jackie Chan.   Whether it’s from Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon, The Karate Kid, or Kung Fu Panda, Chan is known to generations of moviegoers for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, and innovative stunts.  He has over 65 million followers across social media and fans that span generations.

In NEVER GROW UP, the 64 year-old global superstar reflects on his early life including his childhood and years at the China Drama Academy (which he was enrolled in at the age of 6), his big breaks (and setbacks) in Hong Kong and Hollywood, his numerous brushes with death both on-and-off film sets, and his life as a husband and father (which he admits, and regrets, not being perfect at).  He discusses a youth that he spent accumulating possessions and how he has turned his attention toward charity in more recent years, becoming a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and being named by Forbes as one of the top 10 most charitable celebrities.

“I hope those who read my stories can come to learn that Jackie Chan is, after all, an ordinary man who had the courage and determination to do extraordinary things,” said Chan.

“Jackie Chan is a delightful author and eternally youthful soul—we pledge to Never Grow Up right alongside him!” said Gallery executive editor Jeremie Ruby-Strauss.

Ruby-Strauss acquired U.S., Open Market, and Audio rights from CAA.   Simon & Schuster UK will simultaneously publish and acquired the rights from Abner Stein on behalf of CAA.  NEVER GROW UP is scheduled for publication in November 2018.

GALLERY BOOKS is an imprint dedicated to publishing a variety of must-read books on a wide array of topics.  Launched in February 2010, Gallery is designed to showcase established voices and to introduce emerging new ones—in both fiction and nonfiction genres.   Some of Gallery Books’ bestselling titles include The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer, The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, Binge by Tyler Oakley, Selp Helf by Miranda Sings, Five Presidents by Clint Hill, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, and Love Anthony by Lisa Genova.


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Jennifer Robinson
Vice President, Director of Publicity
Gallery Books