Who’s that For­rest Gump looka­like on Austin lit­er­ary lineup?

The Dallas Morning News - - World -

The Texas Book Fes­ti­val has out­done it­self this year, with a daz­zling Nov. 4-5 lineup that in­cludes first-time short-story writer Tom Hanks. Yes, that Tom Hanks, who’s ex­pe­ri­enced a bit of suc­cess on the big screen. His book, Un­com­mon Type: Some Sto­ries, a col­lec­tion of 17 sto­ries linked by type­writ­ers, is due out Oct. 17. The Austin event’s mar­quee name may be­long to Hanks, but he’ ll be in the lit­er­ary shadow of, among oth­ers, writ­ers Jen­nifer Egan, Claire Mes­sud, Jef­frey Eu­genides and Gene Luen Yang, the Na­tional Am­bas­sador for Young Peo­ple’s Lit­er­a­ture. Won­der how many big names we’ ll spot dur­ing the event’s LitCrawl through Capi­tol-area bars?

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