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Rancho Mirage Writers Festival

Jan 30-Feb 1, 2019

Tom Hanks is coming to RMWF 2019

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks is one of Hollywood’s most well-loved and respected actors as well as a successful director, producer, and screenwriter.

He is known for his comedic and dramatic roles in such films as Splash, Big, A League of Their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, Apollo 13, You’ve Got Mail, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, Cast Away, Captain Phillips and Sully. He also voices Sheriff Woody in the Toy Story film series.

Hanks has been nominated for numerous awards during his career. He won a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Philadelphia, as well as a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a People’s Choice Award for Best Actor for Forrest Gump. In 1995, Hanks became one of only two actors who won the Academy Award for Best Actor in consecutive years. In 2014, he received a Kennedy Center Honor and, in 2016, he received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.


Marueen Dowd

Tom Hanks will appear on stage for one night only, Tuesday, January 29, 2019, in conversation with Maureen Dowd. His appearance is part of Angel Night, a special presentation for our Angel supporters. We will be live streaming and recording this event so that all our Readers will be able to experience the incredible Tom Hanks!

Hanks will discuss his book Uncommon Type: Some Stories. All Festival attendees will receive a free copy of this collection of surprising, intelligent and heartwarming short stories.

Maureen Dowd is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and op-ed columnist who has written for The New York Times and Time Magazine. Dowd covered four presidential campaigns while serving as White House correspondent and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting in 1992. She received the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in 1999 for her columns on the impeachment of Bill Clinton after his affair with Monica Lewinsky.


Uncommon Type

Uncommon Type: Some Stories is a collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar 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!


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

“The central quality to Tom’s writing is a kind of poignant playfulness. It’s exactly what you hope from him, except you wish he were sitting in your home, reading it aloud to you, one story at a time.”
—Mindy Kaling

“Wait—Tom Hanks can write, too? Funny, moving, deftly surprising stories? That’s just swell. Maybe there’s no crying in baseball, pal, but it’s perfectly acceptable in the book business. That’s how we drown envy.”
—Carl Hiaasen

“Mr. Hanks turns out to be as authentically genuine a Writer with as capital a W as ever touched a typewriter key. The stories in UNCOMMON TYPE range from the hilarious to the deeply touching. They move in period, location and manner, but all demonstrate a joy in writing, a pleasure in communicating an intensely American sense of atmosphere, friendship, life and family that is every bit as smart, engaging and humane as the man himself. All with that extra quality of keenly observant and sympathetic intelligence that has always set Tom Hanks apart. I blink, bubble and boggle in amazed admiration.”
—Stephen Fry

Uncommon Type is funny, wise, gloriously inventive and humane. Tom Hanks sees inside people – a wary divorcee, a billionaire trading desire for disaster, a boy witnessing his father’s infidelity, a motley crew shooting for the moon – with such acute empathy and good humour we’d follow him anywhere. The cumulative effect is of a world I didn’t want to leave.”
—Anna Funder

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