Tom Hanks turns author; short story collection titled Uncommon Type to be published in October

He's considered an actor extraordinaire, and now Tom Hanks will turn author with a collection of short stories to be published in October this year.

Tom Hanks. AP Photo

Tom Hanks. AP Photo

Uncommon Type: Some Stories will be published in hardcover, ebook and audio formats, with Tom Hanks reading.

Uncommon Type features 17 stories, each in some way involving a different typewriter (Hanks is an avid collector of vintage typewriters and owns over one hundred of them). In the book, there is a story about an immigrant arriving in New York City after his family and life have been torn apart by his country’s civil war; another about a man who bowls a perfect game (and then another, and another) becoming ESPN’s newest celebrity; another about an eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant on the hunt for something larger in America; and another about the junket life of an actor.

“I read a story by Tom in The New Yorker several years ago,” said Sonny Mehta, chairman and editor-in-chief of Alfred A. Knopf., “and was struck by both his remarkable voice and command as a writer. I had hoped there might be more stories in the works. Happily, for readers, it turns out there were.”

Hanks began writing the book in 2015. “In the two years of working on the stories,” said Hanks, “I made movies in New York, Berlin, Budapest, and Atlanta and wrote in all of them. I wrote in hotels during press tours. I wrote on vacation. I wrote on planes, at home, and in the office. When I could actually make a schedule, and keep to it, I wrote in the mornings from 9 to 1.”

William Heinemann, an imprint of Cornerstone (part of The Random House Group Ltd, a Penguin Random House Company) has acquired UK and Commonwealth Rights (exc. Canada) for Uncommon Type: Some Stories.


Published Date: Feb 22, 2017 11:27 am | Updated Date: Feb 22, 2017 11:27 am