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Tom Hanks has a novel new role

US actor, producer and now author Tom Hanks. — Reuters pic
US actor, producer and now author Tom Hanks. — Reuters pic

LOS ANGELES, Feb 22 —  One of the world’s most successful and recognisable movie stars is about to publish his first collection of short stories.

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks will hit the shelves in October and is made up of 17 short stories, each of which has been in some way shaped or inspired by a vintage typewriter in Hank’s collection.

Hanks actually inked the deal for his first book in November 2014 with Cornerstone imprint William Heinemann in the UK and Europe and Penguin Random House imprint Knopf in the US. But due to the demands of his day job, it has taken the actor two full years to complete the manuscript.

“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 nine to one,” said Hanks.

Though this will be his first book, it is by no means the first time that Hanks’ writing style has caught the attention of publishers. His contributions to the New Yorker have won praise for their tone, vibrancy and narrative voice. — AFP-Relaxnews

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