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Tom Hanks to publish book of short stories
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks has assumed the roles of astronaut, toy cowboy and captive merchant mariner, and soon, he'll wear another hat -- author. - photo by John Shearer, @istockphoto.com

NEW YORK CITY -- Tom Hanks has assumed the roles of astronaut, toy cowboy and captive merchant mariner, and soon, he’ll wear another hat -- author.

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group announced Hanks’ book deal Monday, which includes a compilation of short stories based on his collection of typewriters, the L.A. Times reported.

“I’ve been collecting typewriters for no particular reason since 1978 -- both manual and portable machines dating from the thirties to the nineties,” Hanks said in a press release issued by Knopf. “The stories are not about the typewriters themselves, but rather, the stories are something that might have been written on one of them.”

Hanks’ book of short stories does not yet have a title or a publication date.

According to USA Today, Hanks has assisted in the publishing of numerous non-fiction books, and The New Yorker houses his first work of fiction titled “Alan Bean Plus Four,” inspired by his work on the film “Apollo 13.”