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Tom Hanks: as nice as you expected

It’s not surprising to see a signing or event for a local author, artist or musician at an indie bookstore. But when the local event features a world-famous celebrity and Oscar-winning actor--that’s a different story.

Village Books in Pacific Palisades, CA recently hosted a signing with Tom Hanks, a local guy and loyal customer. He offered his support by signing anything Hanks-related customers could buy at the store: DVDs of his films, and copies of John Adams and The Polar Express, among others.

People who attended loved having an opportunity to meet Hanks, get a unique gift, and support Village Books at the same time. And Hanks further cemented his reputation as an all-around good guy.

Of course his role as a chain bookstore mogul in You’ve Got Mail is funny in light of his support for indies, but you may also remember the independent appliance shop, Patterson’s, facing big-box competition in That Thing You Do!, which Hanks wrote and directed. Oh, you don’t remember that part? Go rent it from your local indie video store!

Read more about Village Books and the Tom Hanks event here.