By: Renee Grant
If you’re a book lover and a movie lover, this one is for you; Tom Hanks is writing his first book. The collection of short stories is due out later this year.
Titled Uncommon Type: Some Stories, the book will feature 17 pieces, each written on a different typewriter. Hanks is a collector, owning more than 100 of the vintage machines.
In a statement, Hanks reveals he’s been writing the book since 2015. “In the two years of working on the stories, I made movies in New York, Berlin, Budapest, and Atlanta, and wrote in all of them,” he says. “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.”
Sonny Mehta, editor in chief of Knopf, first read a story by Hanks in The New Yorker years ago and was impressed with his writing style. “I had hoped there might be more stories in the works,” says Mehta. “Happily for readers, it turns out there were.”
Tales in the book will include the stories of “an immigrant arriving in New York City after his family and life have been torn apart by his country’s civil war; a man who bowls a perfect game (and then another, and another), becoming ESPN’s newest celebrity; an eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant on the hunt for something larger in America; and the junket life of an actor.”
Knopf will publish the book, which is set for release in October 2017.