About the book: A small-town newspaper columnist with old-fashioned views of the modern world. A World War II veteran grappling with his emotional and physical scars. A second-rate actor plunged into sudden stardom and a whirlwind press junket. Four friends traveling to the moon in a rocketship built in the backyard. These are just some of the stories that Tom Hanks captures in his first work of fiction: a collection of shorts that explore—with great affection, humor, and insight—the human condition in all its foibles. The stories are linked by one thing: in each of them, a typewriter plays a part, sometimes minor, sometimes central.
To many, typewriters represent a level of craftsmanship, beauty, and individuality that is harder and harder to find in the modern world. In these stories, Hanks gracefully reaches that typewriter-worthy level. By turns whimsical, witty, and moving, Uncommon Type establishes him as a welcome and wonderful new voice in contemporary fiction.
The Tom Hanks event is AT CAPACITY, and all guaranteed seating has been claimed. Guaranteed seating (first come, first served) was available with a pre-ordered a copy of Uncommon Type with a festival pass purchase.
This pre-ordered pass includes a copy of the paperback Uncommon Type and will guarantee entry to the Portland Book Festival event featuring Tom Hanks. There is no reserved seating; all seating is general admission on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive your book on the festival day, November 10.