Jon M. Chu and Jeremy McCarter with Ariana Grande - Viewfinder (Online Event)

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Join Random House on Monday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT for an exclusive virtual conversation as Jon M. Chu sits down with his co-author Jeremy McCarter, and pop icon and Wicked star Ariana Grande!


From helping at his parents’ Chinese restaurant to being discovered by Steven Spielberg, visionary director Jon M. Chu dives deep into his life and work in his upcoming memoir Viewfinder. Telling the universal story of questioning what it means when your dreams collide with your circumstances, Viewfinder is about reckoning with your own story, becoming your most creative self, and finding a path that’s all your own.


Together, Chu, McCarter, and Grande will discuss the book, working on groundbreaking films like Crazy Rich AsiansIn the Heights, and Wicked, succeeding in an ever-changing world, and how they stay creatively inspired. YOU could get a chance to contribute to the conversation, too: Submit a question when you register, and it might be answered during the event!


Please note: this event will be prerecorded, and you will be viewing its only broadcast. All tickets include a copy of the book from our independent bookstore partner, Book Passage. Please note shipping is only available to U.S. mailing addresses. Please check out the FAQ for more information.


We can’t wait for you to join us!


Jon M. Chu is known for his visually stunning blockbuster films, including In the Heights and Crazy Rich Asians, which was nominated for numerous awards, including two Golden Globe Awards, one for Best Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy; a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble; a PGA Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures; and four Critics Choice Awards, winning one for Best Comedy. Born the youngest of five children in Los Altos, California, Chu continues to use the influences of his childhood (family, technology, food, music, and movement) to tell personal stories in a variety of mediums that connect with audiences from around the world. 

Jeremy McCarter is the co-author, with Lin-Manuel Miranda, of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution. He is the author of Young Radicals, the founder of the acclaimed audio storytelling company Make-Believe Association, and the literary executor of the novelist and playwright Thornton Wilder.


“With Viewfinder, Jon Chu has written a profoundly inspiring book that reminds the reader of the power of dreams and the importance of remaining determined and focused even when—especially when—faced with adversity. A story of identity, creativity and the spirit of an artist, this vicarious journey is moving, funny, heart-wrenching, and relatable to anyone trying to carve out their place in this world.”—J.J. Abrams

“On any given day of filming, Jon Chu finds what’s magic about the day and finds a way to capture it. He takes big swings and dreams big dreams but never loses sight of the beating heart at the center of the story he’s telling. I wish this book had been around when I was younger. I’m so grateful it’s here now.”—Lin-Manuel Miranda




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ISBN: 9780593448946
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Published: Random House - July 23rd, 2024