Tom Hanks set for London book event

Tom Hanks will promote his debut book of short stories in Lomdon this November.

In collaboration with Penguin Live, Hanks will make his Royal Festival Hall debut, and his only UK appearance to discuss his new book, on November 1st. The event is part of the London Literature Festival.

Hanks will introduce Uncommon Type, a collection of short stories exploring “the human condition and all its foibles”, with each story connected by the recurring motif of a typewriter.

The event will include with live readings from the double Oscar-winner as well as discussion of his writing process and inspiration.

Stories in the collection include a man immigrating to New York City after fleeing a civil war; a woman adjusting to her post-divorce life; an actor enduring a whirlwind press junket; and an eccentric billionaire and his faithful assistant on the hunt for something larger in America.

Hanks said: “I am delighted to be presenting my first collection of short stories at London Literature Festival and am looking forward to reading a sample to the audience in Royal Festival Hall. It’s a privilege to be a part of a festival that features a line-up of living literary greats, and in London, a city that I find inspiring with its own rich history of storytelling.”

Tickets for Southbank Centre members go on sale on August 1st and the general public can buy them from August 2nd via the venue’s website.

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