No, it is not some clichéd account of his trials and tribulations as an actor and the roadblocks he has had to overcome to reach the pedestal he has carved for himself. Rather, it will be a collection of seventeen short stories titled Uncommon Type: Some Stories. Inspired by his collection of more than 100 vintage typewriters, these stories will involve typewriters in one way or the other. The publishers have said that while each story will have a typewriter tied to its plotline, the main subjects surrounding these stories will vary greatly.
It is not easy being a Jack of all trades. Tom Hanks is one of the few individuals who succeeds in bringing a perfection to whatever he dabbles in. Tom Hanks, an avid reader of fiction had his first short story published in none other than the New Yorker in 2014. The story titled Alan Bean Plus Four is a comical tale of four friends planning their trip to the moon in a capsule named Alan Bean. In a statement, Hanks said, “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.”
The foreign- language rights for the book have been sold in seven countries till now. Alfred A Knopf will publish the book in the US and William Heinemann will publish it in the UK. In addition to the interesting theme, publishers have hinted that most of the stories revolve around human experiences involved in varied matters from the Syrian Civil War to ESPN.
Typewriters have always had a casual charm to them and with Mr Hanks’ new book under way, we might just see them in a whole new light.
—Shruthi Vijayan, Correspondent (Film)