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Author of Tuesdays With Morrie, philanthropist, columnist, and sports reporter Mitch Albom is an inspiration around the world. His books have sold over 35 million copies and have been translated into over 40 languages.

His breakthrough book, Tuesdays with Morrie, became an international phenomenon with over 14 million copies sold. Now in its twentieth year, Tuesdays remains one of the top selling memoirs of all time, and was adapted into an Emmy Award-winning TV movie produced by Oprah Winfrey, starring Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria.
Albom has founded 10 charities, including nine in the Detroit area, such as S.A.Y. Detroit, which operates a family health clinic; A Time to Help, a volunteer organization; and A Hole in the Roof Foundation, which repairs faith-based homeless shelters. He also directs the Have Faith Haiti Mission in Port Au Prince, which helps impoverished children and orphans.

A columnist for The Detroit Free Press since 1985 and a panelist on The Sports Reporters podcast, Albom has been named the #1 Sports Columnist in the Nation by the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) 13 times. In June 2010 he received the APSE Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement, the biggest prize in sports journalism, and in June 2013, he was inducted into the Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
Albom's 2014 book, The First Phone Call from Heaven, is a #1 New York Times bestseller. In its starred review, Publisher's Weekly called the book "a brisk, page-turner of a story...another winner from Albom.”
His #1 New York Times bestseller, Have A Little Faith, begins with an unusual request when his rabbi asks him to deliver his eulogy. An 8-year journey, Albom's story is about how community and faith pull people together and the potential in all of us for a giving, meaningful life.

Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list and sold nearly five million copies in its first year. He wrote the screenplay for the ABC TV movie starring Jon Voight and Ellen Burstyn.

Mitch Albom hosts two radio shows on WJR-AM. He has appeared on The Today Show and Charlie Rose, and his articles have been featured in The New York Times, GQ and Sports Illustrated. Currently, he is developing an hour-long TV show for TNT.

His latest book, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, debuted at #4 on The New York Times best sellers list. In 2017, Albom announced that the sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven is near completion, while his next work will be about the children of the Have Faith Haiti Mission.

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  • Mitch Albom and the Power of Music (2015)
  • CBS Sunday Morning: Albom on the Intersection of Life and Death
  • USA Today: Mitch on Working with Haiti's orphans
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  • The Best Use of our Time (2012)
  • Katie Couric and Mitch talk about "Have a Little Faith" (2009)
  • Mitch Albom on The Colbert Report (2008)
  • Mitch Albom's speech at Black and Blue Bash (2007)
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Speaking Topics
Giving is Living: From Tuesdays with Morrie to Haiti
Finding Your Magic Strings: How Everyone Has a Talent that Can Make a Difference

Everyone has a talent. We just need to find it. Mitch Albom explores this theme with a moving presentation that follows his lifelong love and pursuit of music. Albom takes listeners on a journey from the old piano that arrived when he was eight years old to his adventures as a teenaged musician, a lounge singer in Greece, and a failed songwriter in New York City, which ultimately led him to writing.

Through storytelling, piano playing, and even some singing, Albom shows audiences how a passion for one gift can often lead to discovery of another, truer one. In Finding Your Magic Strings, Mitch Albom helps you discover yours.

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From the biggest names in sports to the dangers of fandom, Mitch Albom takes audiences through his 35 years of covering sports. He explores the money, corruption, racial tensions, as well as the pride, thrills, and excitement of the games that have shaped our nation. Sports is a metaphor for everything you face in life, and in this talk, Albom explains why it’s something we’ll never outgrow.

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In less than a minute, everything and everyone you know, love, and rely on could be gone. A nightmare for some, but for the people of Haiti in 2010, this became a reality. In 30 seconds, 3% of Haiti’s population was gone and one million were left homeless in the wake of a devastating earthquake.
Like many others, Mitch Albom watched the news in horror. With a catastrophe so massive, what could he do? Following a story about The Caring and Sharing Mission, he boarded a small plane for Port au Prince to see how he could help. One trip became monthly excursions to the mission, helping rebuild a nurturing home for children who did not have one.
“Unexpected Grace: The Have Faith Haiti Mission” takes audiences into a world that is being reborn. Mitch Albom shares the stories of the orphans he takes in and tells their tale of resilience, their budding love of education and faith, and how they learned to love, trust, and laugh again, despite it all. Ultimately, this talk is about how these amazing survivors have taught a man, who had no kids of his own, that nothing is more important than saving a young life.

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Detroit, once considered the backbone of America, is now considered one of the worst major cities in the country. But we should never discount the underdog. The Motor City has had its troubles — poverty, unemployment, the collapse of the auto industry, and the explosive racial climate — but in this talk, Mitch Albom will introduce your audience to the new Detroit, one built on Midwestern grit and a shared sense of survival. Despite it all, Detroit has thrived. Mitch Albom is here to tell you how.

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Mitch Albom talks about why faith is still needed and embraced in a modern world where we think we know all the answers. Rather than divide us, Albom found — through time spent with an inner-city pastor of a poor church and an aging rabbi of a wealthy suburban synagogue — that faith can pull us together. That it unites us in our humanity. Albom shares stories about faith amongst the poor, the well-to-do, the homeless, and those who once felt God did not exist. He addresses questions such as: What do we all have in common in our hearts — no matter what house of worship we attend? How does the belief in something bigger than us give us insight, wisdom and comfort? How does faith help when bad things happen? And what can we learn from each others’ faith that can make the world, the workplace, our neighborhoods and our daily lives more harmonious? Expanding on themes already developed in his works Tuesdays With Morrie and The Five People You Meet In Heaven, Mitch Albom weaves a captivating and uplifting message about the potential in all of us for a giving, meaningful life.

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Tuesdays with Morrie: Lessons for Living
Books & Other Works
  • The Sports Reporters
  • Tuesdays with Morrie
  • The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto
  • The First Phone Call From Heaven
  • Have a Little Faith: A True Story
  • The Time Keeper
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • For One More Day
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“Alternately inspiring laughter and bringing the packed house in the Upper St. Clair High School Theater to the verge of tears, with the occasional gasp of shock or awe...”
Town Hall South Lecture Series
“Mitch Albom was an incredible speaker who had the audience on an emotional roller coaster from tears to laughter to silent contemplation. The standing ovation he received gave testimony to his impact on the audience.”
East Stroudsburg University
“Your presentation was spell binding.”
National Automobile Dealers Association
“The event was amazing! Mitch is so easy to work with and he engaged our audience so well. He even finished signing all the books of all the attendees plus took a picture with the group.”
Bryant University
“The evening with Mitch Albom was an overwhelming success with such positive feedback from the guests. Thanks for all your help facilitating all the details. Mitch is an extraordinary person and deeply effected those he connected with tonight.”
The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance
“Mitch Albom was more than we ever expected! The audience was absolutely spell bound and at the end of Mitch's speech, the entire group of about 1,500 guests simply stood at their seats. Finally, as in one accord, they begin to clap and lingered for several more minutes. I've dealt with many speakers over the years, but never had one that every member of the audience seemed to be totally enchanted with for the entire duration of his speech on stage.”
Julie Rogers 'Gift of Life' Program
“Mitch was AWESOME. We had close to 1,500 people in attendance... I cannot thank you enough!”
St. John's University
“Thank you for your outstanding presentation! We have had some great speakers in the past, but your message really hit home with our audience of financial professionals who are type "AAAA." It is rare when our group gives anyone a standing ovation.”
“Mitch Albom was everything we hoped for. He signed books for an hour after his presentation and the community, faculty and students loved him.”
Southern Adventist University
“He was a tremendous hit. I think one of the best speakers we have ever had. Our members LOVED him!”
The Club Managers Association of America
“He was outstanding”
Central Michigan Hospital
“Just wanted to let you know that Mitch was absolutely terrific last night! We had half the arena full, around 3,500 people, most of whom were students. Everyone really raved about him.”
Western Kentucky University
“Funny, moving . . . not a dry eye in the house.”
New York Life
“The event was a tremendous fundraising success and cultivated very positive feelings with our donors. Your presentation about Morrie Schwartz and his philosophy on life is a lesson for all of us.”
United Jewish Appeal
“We've had a lot of people say he was the best speaker we've ever had. We're still getting calls about how great he was.”
Delaware Bankers Association
“Mitch, you have received rave reviews from our 825 guests - your talk was inspirational and heart-warming. We could not have asked for a more appropriate keynote speaker.”
The Alfred and Adele Davis Academy
“He was GREAT! He had the students energized. It was a memorable experience for everyone who listened to his lecture and then got to meet him and have their book(s) signed.”
Gallaudet University
“Wow! I have never heard at a PhRMA annual meeting a more inspired speech than what you delivered. I had read Tuesdays with Morrie, but your remarks added immeasurably to its power.”
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
“Thank you for your participation in our event for the Committee of 1000. It was a huge success and your message was clear and so genuine . . . We appreciate your interest, concern and involvement.”
ADL, Anti-Defamation League
“Your presentation was powerful and absolutely perfect for a meeting of educators! Everyone was moved and very much impressed with your message.”
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
“Mr. Albom was truly a remarkable man to hear and to disperse the powerful messages of Morrie Schwartz. Thank you again for so generously offering the gift of life to our patients and loved ones.”
The ALS Association of Georgia
“Thank You! Mitch did an awesome job! What a great way to begin our year.”
Concordia College
“The Saturday lecture with Mitch Albom went smoothly and the 1,200 people who were in the audience were thrilled with his speech.”
Temple Jeremiah
“Your words touched so many of us and helped our event be a success. Many individuals came up to us last night after your talk and raved about the message you sent. Congratulatory emails and phone calls are coming in to the office steadily.”
Alzheimer's Association
“It was a fabulous evening and he really made it special.”
Memphis Jewish Home
“...what a magic evening you made possible when you spoke for us. People in the community are still talking about the quality of the evening, as well as the strength of the message. It was very powerful.”
Wexner Heritage Village
“The evening was a great success.”
The Kenneth B. Schwartz Center
“We thank you for the superb effort you made in preparing your talk. You faced a demanding audience and you performed with distinction. We are grateful.”
Million Dollar Round Table
“Thank you for taking time last night from your hectic schedule to speak to our customers . . . After the banquet was over, many guests approached me to tell me how much they enjoyed your talk.”
Harvard Drug Group
“It was very exciting to finally have an opportunity to hear one of your presentations. The comments from the sales clients at the conclusion of the luncheon made it obvious they thoroughly enjoyed what you had to say.”
“On behalf of the entire law firm, I would like to thank you again for taking time from your busy schedule to share an evening with us.”
Sommers, Schwartz, Silver and Schwartz
“PMA is pleased to recognize and applaud your role in helping us achieve success with the Education Program at the Convention. Your time and effort are certainly appreciated.”
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