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Tom Hanks book of short stories ‘Uncommon Type’ out this fall

Tom Hanks attends the People's Choice Awards on

Tom Hanks attends the People's Choice Awards on Jan. 18, 2017, in Los Angeles. His "Uncommon Type" is a collection of 17 short stories involving typewriters. Credit: Getty Images for People’s Choice / Christopher Polk

Tom Hanks has been moonlighting.

Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced Tuesday that in October it will publish a collection of short stories by the busy Oscar-winning actor, 60, who appeared in the films “A Hologram for the King” and “Sully” last year.

Titled “Uncommon Type,” the book will contain 17 stories, each involving a typewriter. Hanks, who is a collector of vintage typewriters, began writing the collection two years ago, he said in a statement released by the publisher.

“I wrote in hotels during the press tours,” he said. “I wrote on vacation. I wrote on planes, at home, and in the office.” Hanks’ literary avocation doesn’t come as a complete surprise — he published a story, “Alan Bean Plus Four,” in The New Yorker magazine in 2014.

Knopf editor-in-chief Sonny Mehta read the story and says he was impressed. Mehta calls the new book “an accomplished debut.”

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