SOLD OUT: Tom Hanks, author of The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece, in conversation with Ann Patchett

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Parnassus Books and Montgomery Bell Academy are thrilled to present Tom Hanks, in conversation with Ann Patchett, for a discussion of Hanks's new book, The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece .

This is a ticketed event and will take place in Curry Hall within the Burkholder Wellness Center at Montgomery Bell Academy on May 11th, 2023 at 6:30PM central time.


Each ticket is $38.00 and comes with ONE general admission seat and ONE copy of The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece. Please note: Books will not be signed and there will not be a signing line at this event. Books may be picked up at the event or at Parnassus Books after the event.


Parking is free on the MBA campus. There is a garage located at 205 South Wilson Boulevard (East side of MBA's campus. You may also park in the Vine Street Church parking lot or in any of the surface lots on campus.)

About the book:

From the legendary actor and best-selling author: a novel about the making of a star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film...and the humble comic books that inspired it. Funny, touching, and wonderfully thought-provoking, while also capturing the changes in America and American culture since World War II.

"Wild, ambitious and exceptionally enjoyable." --Matt Haig, best-selling author The Midnight Library, The Humans and Reasons to Stay Alive

Part One of this story takes place in 1947. A troubled soldier, returning from the war, meets his talented five-year-old nephew, leaves an indelible impression, and then disappears for twenty-three years.

Cut to 1970: The nephew, now drawing underground comic books in Oakland, California, reconnects with his uncle and, remembering the comic book he saw when he was five, draws a new version with his uncle as a World War II fighting hero.

Cut to the present day: A commercially successful director discovers the 1970 comic book and decides to turn it into a contemporary superhero movie.

Cue the cast: We meet the film's extremely difficult male star, his wonderful leading lady, the eccentric writer/director, the producer, the gofer production assistant, and everyone else on both sides of the camera.

Bonus material: Interspersed throughout are three comic books that are featured in the story--all created by Tom Hanks himself--including the comic book that becomes the official tie-in to this novel's "major motion picture masterpiece."

About the author:

Tom Hanks has won Academy Awards for best actor for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump. He has starred in, among many other films, Big, Sleepless in Seattle, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, Cast Away, Catch Me If You Can, Captain Phillips, Bridge of Spies, Sully, Toy Story, The Post, and It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker. He is also the author of a best-selling collection of stories, Uncommon Type.

About the illustrator:

R. Sikoryak is a cartoonist and an author based in New York City. His illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.



Event date: 
Thursday, May 11, 2023 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Montgomery Bell Academy - Wellness Center
4001 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205