Tom Hanks with Tim Long

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Tom Hanks
in conversation with Tim Long

discussing his bestselling collection of stories, 
Uncommon Type

Aratani Theatre
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 S. San Pedro Street
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012

Video will be posted on our site a week after the event.


$50 Orchestra Section Seat + signed copy of the book 
$40 Balcony Section Seat + signed copy of the book
$75 First 5 rows Orchestra Section + signed copy of the book

Tom Hanks is an actor, screenwriter, director and producer.  His writing has appeared in The New York TimesVanity Fair, and The New Yorker.  This is his first collection of fiction.

“It turns out that Tom Hanks is also a wise and hilarious writer with an endlessly surprising mind. Damn it.”
—Steve Martin

“Reading Tom Hanks’s Uncommon Type is like finding out that Alice Munro is also the greatest actress of our time.”—Ann Patchett

Uncommon Type is a collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. 

A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country’s civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game–and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN’s newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!

Tim Long is an Emmy Award-winning writer who has served as an executive producer for The Simpsons and head writer for Late Show With David Letterman. His writing has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York TimesGQ, and Vanity Fair. Tim hails from Exeter, Ontario, home of Canada’s only albino squirrels.