Tom Hanks is publishing his first book ever on a quirky subject



By Gwen Ong

Tom Hanks is publishing his first book ever on a quirky subject

While the actor is famously known for his convincing portrayals in Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan, now he is also adding another feather to his hat as a writer. Uncommon Type: Some Stories is a collection of 17 stories and all of the tales will depict the variety of typewriters in some way. Typewriters is a subject that is close to Tom’s heart. He is a passionate collector of the typing machine and in 2014, he released an app called ‘Hanx Writer’, which allows users to produce facsimile typescript. If you’re scoffing, know that it was a bestseller on Apple’s iTunes store.


Some of the stories we’ll get to read will include “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; 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 another about the junket life of an actor.”

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He had begun writing the book in 2015. “In the two years of working on the stories,” Tom said in a statement. “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.”


Uncommon Type: Some Stories will be released in October 2017, in which Tom will also be narrating the audio version of the book.


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