Group to discuss Tom Hanks stories

FORT PLAIN — The Fort Plain Free Library will key in on actor Tom Hanks’ first foray into fiction writing with a free late-September book discussion at the 19 Willett St. library.

The free forum addressing Hanks’ collection of short stories, “Uncommon Type: Some Stories,” will be facilitated by State University at Albany film lecturer and author Audrey Kupferberg on Sept. 30, beginning at 3 p.m.

Hanks’ collection of 17 stories has a common element — the typewriter — but the topics of each story vary. One tale, for instance, deals with a small-town columnist with roots in the past. His paper is transitioning from newsprint to digital, and he wryly mourns the end of an era. Another story deals with the emotional and physical scars of a World War II veteran; and a third about a time-traveling vacationer. Humor and poignancy are woven throughout.

Kupferberg teaches courses in film history in the art department at SUNY Albany. She is also a film and video consultant, archivist and appraiser, and has been director of the Yale University Film Study Center and assistant director of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute. Her film commentary can be heard on WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

Those interested in participating in the library’s book discussion can borrow books or audiobooks through the library.

To reserve a book or for more information, call (518) 993-4466 or (518) 993-4646.