Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks is to release a book of short stories entitled ‘Uncommon Type.’ The collection will be launched at Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival this year. Each of the stories explores the human condition and will contain the recurring motif of a typewriter.
The Independent reported that the collection includes stories about a man fleeing civil war by immigrating to New York City, a woman adjusting to life after divorce, an actor enduring a whirlwind press junket, and the story of a billionaire eccentric and his assistant.
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“I am delighted to be presenting my first collection of short stories at London Literature Festival,” Hanks has said, “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.”
The London Literature Festival runs from 13 October to 1 November and will feature a number of authors such as Tracy Chevalier, Claudia Rankine, Philip Pullman and David Mitchell, with Hanks appearing November 1st.
Hanks has previously had short fiction published in The New Yorker.
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