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Mitch Albom speaks at 92nd St. Y

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Libi Adler

Last week, I had the pleasure of hearing Mitch Albom speak at the 92nd Street Y as part of their lecture series. To a packed crowd of people, and over 23 Satellite locations around the country who sent in questions, Albom spoke about his latest book Have a Little Faith.

This book details what happens when Albom receives an unusual request: an eighty-two-year-old rabbi from Albom’s old hometown asks him to deliver his eulogy. So begins an eight-year journey of learning and bonding with the Rabbi. At the same time Albom meets another man, a pastor and reformed drug dealer and convict–who preaches to the poor and homeless in a decaying church with a hole in its roof. Through these two men, he learns the importance of faith in one’s life.

The lecture was very well presented, and as Albom himself said, he didn’t use any note cards to speak from. The audience could tell that he knew this subject well, and that the people he spoke about, the main characters in the book, really meant a lot to him and were big parts of his life. He was charismatic and very funny. Even though I had already read the book, I enjoyed hearing the stories from the mouth of the author, seeing his spin on it, and feeling what really affected him throughout his journey.

Definitely check out the book. Ten percent of the profits from this book will go to charity, including The Hole In The Roof Foundation, which helps refurbish places of worship that aid the homeless.

For a review and interview with Mitch Albom, check out the latest issue of Jewish Book World coming soon!

For more events and lectures at the 92nd St. Y click here.

A mini-round-up

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Jonathan Tropper (This Is Where I Leave You) on his writing process for Powells.com.

Publisher’s Weekly reviews Mitch Albom’s newest book Have a Little Faith.

Have a Little Faith

Monday, March 30, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Publisher’s Lunch reports that Have a Little Faith: A True Story of a Last Request, Mitch Albom’s first work of nonfiction since Tuesdays with Morrie, will be published this September.

The Detroit Free Press reports, “Albom explains there are three central characters: One is an inner-city pastor who was a criminal in Detroit before turning his life around and taking over a church that helps homeless people. The second character is a 90-year-old rabbi from the suburbs of New Jersey. The third is Albom himself.”

Read the full article in the Detroit Free Press here.