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Tom Hanks to debut…as an author


Two-time Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks has turned writer with a new collection of short stories titled, “Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks”. “Susan Sandon, Managing Director of Cornerstone and Jason Arthur, Publisher of William Heinemann have acquired UK and Commonwealth Rights in ‘Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks’. The deal was struck with Suzanne Smith at Knopf, Penguin Random House in New York. The book that will be published in October this year features seventeen stories that have a typewriter in common, owing to Hanks’ fascination with the writing instrument.

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Hanks, who has delivered exceptional performances in films like ‘Forrest Gump’, ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and ‘Cast Away’ among others, began writing the book in 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. 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,” the actor said.