Chris Rock Signs Book Deal

02/13/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

NEW YORK — Chris Rock is making a comeback, as an author.

Grand Central Publishing says Rock's new book _ not yet titled _ will be full of "comedic observations." It's tentatively scheduled for release next year.

His "Rock This!" was published in 1997.

Deb Futter, vice president and editor-in-chief of hardcovers at Grand Central Publishing, said in a statement Tuesday: "We are so excited to be publishing Chris Rock, especially because he hasn't published a book in many years so this one will be highly anticipated."

Rock, 43, was a featured voice in the "Bee Movie" and "Madagascar" films, and he created the "Everybody Hates Chris" TV series.

Rock will have good comic company at Grand Central, which also publishes Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

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