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Actor Tom Hanks publishes book of short stories

The award-winning actor flaunts his love of typewriters in the book "Uncommon Type: Some Stories." He's joining the ranks of many in Hollywood who have become authors.

Tom Hanks has put his love of vintage typewriters to good use. His collection of short stories, "Uncommon Type: Some Stories," has been released on Tuesday.

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The Oscar-winning actor's first book features 17 stories. One of them is about an immigrant arriving in New York City, another about a bowler who becomes a celebrity and still another involves an eccentric billionaire.

Each of the stories involves a different typewriter in some way. 

Hanks says he uses a typewriter almost every day to send memos and letters; he owns about 270 typewriters but often gives them away to people who show an interest. "No one is ever going to make the great typewriter ever, ever, ever again," he said in the documentary "California Typewriter," released last August. 

Hanks said in a statement that he began writing the stories in 2015 while working on films in New York, Budapest, Berlin and Atlanta. "I wrote in hotels during press tours. I wrote on vacation. I wrote on planes, at home and in the office."

Hanks is best known for his roles in "Forrest Gump," "Philadelphia," and "Apollo 13."

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sh/ct/eg  (dpa, AP)


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