Tom Hanks to Pen Book of Short Stories

Tom Hanks
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He's spinning tales inspired by his world-class collection of vintage typewriters

Tom Hanks is writing a collection of short stories. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced the project Monday.

The book is described as “a collection of stories loosely connected to photographs of typewriters from Hanks’ personal collection.”

In a statement, the actor said, "I've been collecting typewriters for no particular reason since 1978 — both manual and portable machines dating from the thirties to the nineties. The stories are not about the typewriters themselves, but rather, the stories are something that might have been written on one of them.”

No title or publication date was announced.

Hanks just had his first short story published in The New Yorker.Alan Bean Plus Four,” which appeared in the Oct. 27 issue, is a whimsical tale about four teens who build a rocket out of parts from a Home Depot and fly it to the moon.

The actor is one of Hollywood’s biggest book lovers. His Playtone production company teamed with Ken Burns on a series of classic American history audiobooks, including a brilliant reading of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried. He’s currently filming Steven Spielberg’s untitled Cold War-era thriller, which is scheduled for release in 2015.

Knopf chairman Sonny Mehta picked up the book in a pre-empt. Hanks was represented by Esther Newberg (ICM). Terms of the deal, which are for world English rights including e-book and audio, were not disclosed. 

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