TORONTO 2017-02-21 – Tom Hanks will publish a collection of stories with Knopf Canada in October. The book, UNCOMMON TYPE: Some Stories is Hanks’s first book and will be published in hardcover, ebook, and as an audio book from Penguin Random House, with Hanks reading. Sonny Mehta Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Alfred A. Knopf acquired the book from Esther Newberg at ICM Partners in New York and Anne Collins, Publisher of Knopf Canada, acquired Canadian rights to UNCOMMON TYPE from Knopf US. Rights also have been sold to the UK, Japan, China, Germany, Italy, Brazil and the Netherlands.

“I read a story by Tom in The New Yorker several years ago,” said Mr. Mehta, “and was struck by both his remarkable voice and command as a writer. I had hoped there might be more stories in the works. Happily for readers, it turns out there were.”

UNCOMMON TYPE contains seventeen stories, each in some way involving a different typewriter (Hanks is an avid collector of vintage typewriters and owns over one hundred of them). The stories feature an immigrant arriving in New York City after his family and life have been torn apart by his country’s civil war; a man who bowls a perfect game (and then another, and another), becoming ESPN’s newest celebrity; an eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant on the hunt for something larger in America; and the junket life of an actor.

“We’re thrilled to be involved in bringing Mr. Hanks’ first book to Canadian readers. The stories are captivating,” says Anne Collins, “full of humour, warmth and wit. It’s a wonderful debut, by a writer whose delight in narrative and human nature—and typewriters!—is apparent on every page.”

Hanks began writing the book in 2015. “In the two years of working on the stories,” said Hanks, “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.”


Knopf Canada is an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada, the Canadian division of Penguin Random House.


Publisher: Knopf Canada
Publication date: October 24, 2017


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