Tom Hanks is writing a book of short stories

He’s already conquered the acting world, so now Tom Hanks is turning his attention to the literary world.

He’s publishing a book of short stories which will go on sale in the US and UK this autumn.

The book , called Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Hanks, will include 17 stories: one is 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 the ESPN cable channel’s newest celebrity; another about an eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant on the hunt for something larger in America; and a further story about the life of an actor.

According to his publisher, each of the short stories has, in some way, involved a different typewriter, as Hanks, an avid collector of vintage typewriters, owns over 100 of them.

The collection was also written in countries all over the world and on flights in between, in order to keep to schedule.

Hanks commented: “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.”

Uncommon Type will be published this October in hardcover, e-book and in audio with the Oscar-winning actor reading.

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