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Tom Hanks: In conversation about UNCOMMON TYPE

Part of London Literature Festival

In a UK-exclusive event, Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival, in collaboration with Penguin Live, presents Tom Hanks in conversation about his first collection of fiction, with live readings from the author.

Known for his honesty and sensitivity as an actor, Tom Hanks brings these characteristics to his first collection of short stories: Uncommon Type. Told with humour, insight, and a distinctively American sensibility, the stories explore the human condition and all its foibles, and are each connected by the appearance of a typewriter.

Familiar to millions of fans, this event introduces another artistic dimension to Hanks, as he reflects candidly on the writing and the real world it reflects.

Tom Hanks has been an actor, screenwriter, director and, through Playtone, a producer. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.

‘Mr. Hanks turns out to be as authentically genuine a Writer with as capital a W as ever touched a typewriter key. The stories in Uncommon Type range from the hilarious to the deeply touching. They move in period, location and manner, but all demonstrate a joy in writing, a pleasure in communicating an intensely American sense of atmosphere, friendship, life and family that is every bit as smart, engaging and humane as the man himself. All with that extra quality of keenly observant and sympathetic intelligence that has always set Tom Hanks apart. I blink, bubble and boggle in amazed admiration.’ (Stephen Fry)

'I am delighted to be presenting my first collection of short stories at London Literature Festival 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.' (Tom Hanks)

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Royal Festival Hall


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On sale to members 10am, Tue 1 Aug. On sale to general public 10am, Wed 2 Aug.

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Please note, the ticket price includes a copy of the new book, Uncommon Type (RRP £16.99).