It was just last month that award-winning actor, father, husband, and now-author, Tom Hanks, released a collection of his original short stories. So far it’s been a success because, hey, it’s Tom Hanks. We love that guy! And now we love him just a little bit more.
During an event for Uncommon Type: Some Stories, Tom Hanks played the role of Cupid at the Texas Book Festival in Austen.
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He was in the middle of answering various audience questions when suddenly he blurted out that he was bored and he had his own question. He then proceeded to ask, “Nikki, will you marry me?” Well, that’s a surprise. The young couple, Ryan McFarling and Nikki Young, were then pulled up on stage by Hanks himself. Young, of course, had a look of total disbelief.
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When they did get on stage, McFarling finished the job properly on one knee as Young cried tears of joy. Applause and cheers broke out.
And if that ain’t love by the book, I don’t know what is.
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Tom Hanks, whose debut collection Uncommon Type has just dropped, has The Jerk himself, Steve Martin, to thank for his newly established writing career. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Hanks revealed his writing hobby only became a real thing after he sent one of his stories to his fellow actor-turned-writer buddy Martin. Hanks said, “I sent [Steve] a story and I asked him, quite frankly, ‘Is this a thing?’ And he wrote back, ‘Yeah it is a thing. Let me send it to my agent.'”
Thanks to Martin, who has written plays, novels, and the beloved memoir Born Standing Up, Hanks met his literary agent Esther Newberg. Not long after that, Hanks’ work appeared in numerous publications, such as the New Yorker and One Story. If you want to make it big as a writer, it clearly helps to have friends in high places, and, also, to be Tom Hanks.
It seems like Uncommon Type came out of nowhere, but hardcore Hanks fanatics are probably familiar with his typewriter obsession. He collects vintage typewriters. He owns over fifty. In fact, he was even featured in the recent typewriter documentary California Typewriter, alongside John Mayer and Sam Shepard.
Anyway, you can thank Steve Martin for this opportunity to go even farther into Hanks’ psyche, and pick up Uncommon Type here!
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The man we all know and love has a little surprise for us. It’s safe to say we now love him just a little bit more. Tom Hanks has put together a loveable book trailer for his new collection Uncommon Type: Some Stories and I am extremely excited.
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This Academy Award-winning actor has been in the biz since 1980 and his name has since gone through the roof. I, like many, associate him with fan-favorite movies such as Big, Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, and so many more that made up my childhood. Basically, I love this guy. So what good news this is!
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Hanks will be releasing a collection of short stories called Uncommon Type: Some Stories, which will be released October 17th. That’s right around the corner! He also describes his time crunch and how he would write everywhere and anywhere he could. From planes to hotels to cars, Hanks was putting in the work to give us real life stories with versatility.
Check out the video trailer below thanks to Entertainment Weekly! Dressed in a casual shirt and thick-rimmed glasses, Hanks has a charming and relatable way of spending all his time at a worn, clanking typewriter to give us something we’ll genuinely enjoy…without all the fancy stuff.
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Hanks’ earnestness and endearing video will definitely have us lining up for these seventeen short stories, which focus on immigrant life, family life, past relationships, and the workings of a celebrity world.
All we know is Uncommon Type is about to be our type.
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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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