How did I Miss This? American Actor Tom Hanks to Publish First Collection of Short Stories This October
by Rana Asfour
Not only is today 'back to school' for the son who wasn't too happy to be woken up at 5:45 this morning but I've only just found out that American actor Tom Hanks will be reading exclusive excerpts from his debut 'Uncommon Type' at the Southbank Centre's London Literature Festival on 1 November.
The book - which I still cannot believe I have missed all mention of - will be published in October (although you can pre-order on Amazon) is a collection of seventeen short stories that 'dissects, with great affection, humour, and insight, the human condition and all its foibles'. The stories all have one link in common: in each one the typewriter plays either a major or minor role.
The London Literature Festival runs from 13 October to 1 November and features live readings, performances, talks, debates, visual displays, workshops and music. Hillary Rodham Clinton will also be speaking at the festival (October 15). Also featuring will be Philip Pullman, Annie Leibovitz and a live reading of Nelson Mandela's memoirs, this year sees a specially expanded edition of the festival, exploring how literature and poetry can remind us of our shared humanity in a world on the brink.
Check out more on the festival and how to book HERE.
Just read that Tom Hanks will be starring in movie 'A Hologram for the King' based on the novel with the same title written by Dave Eggers. Parts of the movie will be shot in Egypt. The movie is said to be released next year.
The 2012 novel revolves around the very depressed American salesman, Alan Clay who we meet waking up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 2010 having arrived in the Kingdom for an audience with the King. The novel is set in the King Abdullah Economic City and the project is a holographic teleconferencing system that Allan's firm 'Reliant' is hoping will impress the King. Alan Clay has pinned high hopes on the project and looks to its launch in the Kingdom as his ticket out of the misery he has plunged himself in.
Dave Eggers' other famous titles are 'What is the What?' which is based on the real life story of Valentino Achak Deng, a Sudanese refugee and member of the Lost Boys of Sudan program.adtv The other is 'Zeitoun' the story of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, the Syrian American from New Orleans, who chose to stay in his town during Hurricane Katrina.