VJ Books Presents Author Mitch Albom!
Mitch Albom is an internationally renowned and best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. His books have collectively sold more than 40 million copies worldwide; have been published in 49 territories and in 47 languages around the world; and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies.
In his latest novel, The Stranger in the Lifeboat, Albom ponders what we would do if, after crying out for divine help, God actually appeared before us? What might the Lord look, sound and act like? The story, which keeps the reader guessing to the end, is narrated by Benji, one of nine survivors adrift in a lifeboat after a deadly explosion. He recounts the events in a notebook that is later discovered—a year later—when the empty life raft washes up on the island of Montserrat.
In 2010, Albom was named the recipient of the Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement by the Associated Press Sports Editors. In 2013, he was inducted into the National Sports Media Association’s Hall of Fame, followed by the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. Albom has founded nine charities, many in the metropolitan Detroit area.
He also raises money for literacy projects through a variety of means including his performances with The Rock Bottom Remainders, a band made up of writers which includes Stephen King, Dave Barry, Scott Turow, Amy Tan and Ridley Pearson. Albom serves on the boards of various charities and, in 1999, was named National Hospice Organization’s Man of the Year.
In his early 20's, while living in New York, he took an interest in journalism and volunteered to work for a local weekly paper, the Queens Tribune. He eventually returned to graduate school, earning a Master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, followed by an MBA from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business.
Mitch eventually turned full-time to his writing, working as a freelance sports journalist in New York for publications such as Sports Illustrated, GEO, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. His first full time newspaper job was as a feature writer and eventual sports columnist for The Fort Lauderdale News and Sun Sentinel in Florida. He moved to Detroit in 1985, where he became a nationally-acclaimed sports journalist at the Detroit Free Press and one of the best-known media figures in that city's history, working in newspapers, radio and television.
He earned a bachelor's degree in 1979 at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, majoring in sociology, but stayed true to his dream of a life in music, and upon graduation, he worked for several years as a performer, both in Europe and America.
Mitch was born on May 23, 1958 in Passaic, New Jersey. He currently lives with his wife, Janine, in Detroit, MI.
You can find a signed copy of The Stranger in the Lifeboat and a collection of other Mitch Albom signed books below.
Mitch Albom Bibliography
Tuesdays with Morrie - 1997
- The Five People You Meet in Heaven - 2003
- For One More Day - 2006
- Have a Little Faith: A True Story - 2009
- The Time Keeper - 2012
- The First Phone Call from Heaven - 2013
- The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto - 2015
- The Next Person You Meet In Heaven - October 2018
- The Stranger in the Lifeboat - 2021
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