Tom Hanks is one the most beloved actors in the world. His familiar face has made us all laugh and cry in movies like “Castaway”, “Big” and “Forrest Gump.” The actor is recognized everywhere for his many roles and his effortless performances.
Now he has taken on a new challenge.
Hanks has just finished a book of short stories that will be published by Alfred A. Knopf next October. It’s a collection of 17 short stories with vastly different characters and storylines. But every single story includes at least one typewriter.
Why the typewriter?
Because Tom Hanks loves them. He loves them so much that a few years ago he created an app that allows the computer generation to experience a simulation of writing on a typewriter. The app, called Hanx Writer, quickly went to number one in the iTunes Store.
The actor saw his first short story published in the New Yorker in October of 2014. It was called Allan Bean Plus Four, and was the story of four friends who pull off an amateur trip to the moon. Hanks’ writing caught the attention of the Knopf publishing company, and his book of short stories was immediately in the works.
The book is called Uncommon Type:Some Stories. Hanks has been working on it for three years. In a statement about the collection of short stories, he said that he’d been writing in places all around the world as he travelled for his movie career. He added:
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.”
Although the book won’t be released for 8 more months, there are already plans to sell it in different languages around the world. An audiobook is also being planned.
Naturally, Tom Hanks will be the one reading the audio version, which should make it a really wonderful treat.
There will probably be a lot of people who’ll get Uncommon Type as a Christmas gift next year. If you know anyone who is a movie buff, or a particular Tom Hanks fan, this could be just the thing.
Or if you know someone who has a passion for typewriters and their special sounds and rhythms, you might be all set for a gift.
I’ll get myself a copy just to see how the author managed to get a typewriter into 17 separate stories without making it too clumsy.
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