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Simon & Schuster to Publish I’m Your Huckleberry by Legendary Actor Val Kilmer


Simon & Schuster announced today that it will publish I’M YOUR HUCKLEBERRY: A MEMOIR by Val Kilmer, on April 21, 2020. In his forthcoming book, Kilmer, star of numerous blockbuster films including Top GunThe DoorsHeatBatman Forever and Tombstone (from which book’s title is taken), reflects on his acclaimed career, recounts his high-profile romances, chronicles his spiritual journey and reveals details of his recent throat cancer diagnosis and recovery—about which he has disclosed little until now.

Kilmer writes, “The cancer was healed, but for the time being my speech is distorted. It’s hell to make myself understood. Talking, once my joy, has become my struggle. Over the past year, frustration has been transformed through writing. Storytelling has become my hope and salvation. Early on, I identified as a writer. My family’s history is replete with them: troubadours, historians, doctors, preachers, even a bona fide snake oil salesman. Stories can be revelations. In this book, I offer a few.”

The book will be published ahead of next summer’s highly anticipated sequel Top Gun: Maverick, in which Kilmer reprises the role of brash fighter pilot Tom “Iceman” Kazansky.

“Val is such a gifted storyteller. For decades he has done it with dynamic acting, and now he has done it with exquisite writing. He is astoundingly well-read, able to quote Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Samuel Beckett and Mark Twain at will. While containing plenty of tantalizing celebrity anecdotes, I’M YOUR HUCKLEBERRY is ultimately a deeply moving reflection on mortality and the mysteries of life,” says Sean Manning, Executive Editor at Simon & Schuster, who acquired World and audio rights from David Vigliano, President, Vigliano Associates.

Val Kilmer is an American actor known for his roles in Top Secret!Top GunReal GeniusWillowThe DoorsTrue RomanceTombstoneBatman ForeverHeatThe SaintKiss Kiss Bang Bang and more. A graduate of Juilliard’s drama department, he has appeared on Broadway and London’s West End. He has published two books of poetry and received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album. He is also an accomplished visual artist, with work exhibited in galleries worldwide.


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