FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TOM HANKS TO PUBLISH COLLECTION OF STORIES WITH ALFRED A. KNOPF
Tom Hanks will publish a collection of stories with Alfred A. Knopf. The announcement was made today by Sonny Mehta, Chairman and Editor in Chief of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, who acquired World English rights to the book – including electronic, paperback, first serial, and audio rights – in a preempt from Esther Newberg at ICM. The terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.
The book will be a collection of stories loosely connected to photographs of typewriters from Hanks’ personal collection. Known around the world for his work as both an actor and director, he recently saw his first work of fiction published in The New Yorker. Hanks said about the stories, “I’ve been collecting typewriters for no particular reason since 1978 – both manual and portable machines dating from the thirties to the nineties. The stories are not about the typewriters themselves, but rather, the stories are something that might have been written on one of them.”
The book will be edited by Peter Gethers, Senior Vice President, Editor at Large, Penguin Random House. The collection remains untitled and a publication date has not been set.
Alfred A. Knopf is the flagship imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, which is a division of Penguin Random House, whose parent company is Bertelsmann AG, the international media company.
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CONTACT: Paul Bogaards, Executive Vice President, Executive Director of Media Relations’ Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group: (212) 572-2177 firstname.lastname@example.org @paulbogaards
Read fiction editor Deborah Treisman’s Q&A with Tom Hanks in the New Yorker: