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Mitch Albom

The Mitch Albom Phil(s) in the Blanks

  • What happened when he first met Morrie Schwartz

  • How writing ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ changed his life forever.

  • The moment Morrie came back into his life

  • Learning what it looks like to look death in its face

  • Fascinated with heaven

  • “The Five People You Meet In Heaven”

  • The Have Faith Haiti Mission & Orphanage

  • While writing, many people in his own life have suffered and died

  • What he learned from Chika, a little girl he was raising as his daughter

  • "When we look, we learn from the people around us."

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The Next Person You Meet in Heaven: A Sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven

We were on both sides of her in her little bed and we held her and literally until her final heartbeat. I like to think that we didn't lose a child. We were given a child and I like to think that she didn't lose a life. She was given one and at least in the last couple years she had what she always wanted which was a de facto, Mommy and Daddy on both sides of her. - Mitch Albom

Every Life Matters, and Can Affect the World

Wilbur Award Acceptance, 2019 I am very pleased -- and very grateful -- to announce that The #NextPerson You Meet in Heaven is a 2019 Wilbur Award Winner for Fiction. The Wilbur Awards are presented annually by the Religion Communicators Council to secular media – print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures – that bring religious issues and spiritual themes into the public discourse. I wasn't able to attend the event last week, but I sent my thank yous with this video. I'm glad to share it here with you folks as well. - Mitch Albom (via

Mitch Albom is a New York Times Best-Selling author, screenwriter, playwright and nationally syndicated columnist whose books have sold over 35 million copies.

Albom grew up in New Jersey and went to school at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, majoring in sociology. Albom originally wanted to be a musician, and also enrolled in Berklee College of Music in Boston.

While working at nightclubs and pursuing music in New York, he became interested in journalism and started working for a weekly newspaper in Queens. He then went on to earn a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University, and later an MBA.

Albom was predominantly known as a popular sports writer at the Detroit Free Press and sports novelist (Bo: Life, Laughs, and the Lessons of a College Football Legend) until his novel, 'Tuesdays with Morrie.' Albom wrote 'Tuesdays with Morrie' based on his college sociology professor who was sick with a fatal disease that he visited each Tuesday. Albom wrote the book, hoping to pay Morrie’s medical bills (He died before the book was published).

'Tuesdays with Morrie' is Mitch’s most famous novel, selling over 10 million copies and become a New York Times best seller. Other novels by Albom include The Five People You Meet in Heaven, The Timekeeper, Have A Little Faith, and For One More Day, amongst many others.

Albom also participates in a radio show and is an accomplished songwriter. In addition, he appears regularly on ESPN’s SportsCenter and The Sports Reporters. He has appeared on several shows including Larry King Live, Oprah, The View, and several others.

Albom is very involved with charity work, including The Dream Fund which establishes scholarships in the arts, A Time To Help, and A Hole in the Roof Foundation, which aids the homeless, and the Have Faith Haiti Mission, focused on helping Haitian orphans.

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