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Tom Hanks: Uncommon Type (AT CAPACITY)

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am PST
1037 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205

Parul Sehgal, book critic at the New York Times, interviews Tom Hanks about his bestselling short story collection Uncommon Type: Some Stories.

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.

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks has been an actor, screenwriter, director and, through Playtone, a producer.  His writing has appeared in The New York TimesVanity Fair, and The New YorkerUncommon Type is his first collection of 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. 

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Parul Sehgal

Parul Sehgal is a columnist and senior editor at The New York Times Book Review. Her work has appeared in Slate, Bookforum, The New Yorker, the Atlantic, Tin House, and The Literary Review, among other publications, and she was awarded the Nona Balakian Award from the National Book Critics Circle for her criticism. She has been a featured speaker at TED and is currently teaching at Columbia University.
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