Cedric the Entertainer novel coming in September

“Flipping Boxcars,” billed as a “valentine” to 1940s crime fiction, is scheduled for Sept. 12.

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Cedric the Entertainer is photographed in 2022, in Los Angeles. Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Wednesday that it will publish his first novel in September.

Cedric the Entertainer is photographed in 2022, in Los Angeles. Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Wednesday that it will publish his first novel in September.

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NEW YORK — Call him the Cedric the Novelist.

Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Wednesday that it will publish a novel in September by Cedric the Entertainer. “Flipping Boxcars,” billed as a “valentine” to 1940s crime fiction, is scheduled for Sept. 12.

“Flipping Boxcars is an homage to my grandfather, who I never met, but I’ve been told I am a lot like,” Cedric the Entertainer, who stars in the CBS-TV comedy “The Neighborhood” and has appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, said in a statement. “This is an intriguing novel filled with surprises, thrills, triumphs, and the heartaches of a family connected through time and circumstance.”

The novel is co-written by Alan Eisenstock, who has worked on books with George Lopez and Robert Schimmel.

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