MSUToday
Published: Oct. 5, 2018

Mitch Albom to speak and sign latest book at MSU

Contact(s): Kimberly Popiolek College of Arts and Letters office: (517) 432-1561 popiolek@msu.edu

Bestselling author, screenwriter, playwright and nationally syndicated columnist, Mitch Albom, will speak and sign his latest book at MSU’s Wharton Center for Performing Arts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, with all proceeds supporting student scholarships for MSU’s College of Arts and Letters and the Department of Theatre.

Albom’s newest book, "The Next Person You Meet in Heaven," which will be released Oct. 9, is the long-awaited sequel to his bestseller, "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," published in 2003.

Included in the $35 ticket price to the Wharton Center event is a copy of "The Next Person You Meet in Heaven" as well as an opportunity to have it signed by Albom following the author talk. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Theatre at MSU and the College of Arts & Letters Alumni Association.

“We are excited to host Mitch Albom at Michigan State University as part of his new book tour. His generosity in offering us one of his bookings allows the College of Arts and Letters and the Department of Theatre to fund scholarships for students,” said Jacqueline Babcock, past president and member of Friends of Theatre at MSU. “In speaking to members of the community, we feel a lot of enthusiasm for this event as his writing speaks to everyone.”

Latest Book

In his latest book, "The Next Person You Meet in Heaven," Albom continues the story of Annie, whose life was saved by Eddie, a war veteran-turned-amusement park mechanic who died saving Annie’s life in "The Five People You Meet in Heaven." In this sequel, Albom reveals what happened to Annie after the accident and what awaits her when she eventually makes her own journey to heaven and reunites with Eddie.

“Over the years, more than any book I’ve written, readers have asked me ‘What happened next to Eddie and Annie?” Albom said. “Although I’ve never done a sequel before, I felt there was a natural story about Eddie going from meeting five people to being one of five for somebody else. And exploring how a girl lives once she’s saved from death was very appealing material. So I dove in – and I was surprised where it took me.”

"The Next Person You Meet in Heaven" is full of unexpected twists that remind us that every life matters and with every ending is also a beginning that we just need to open our eyes to see.

At the Dec. 11 Wharton Center event, Albom will only be signing copies of "The Next Person You Meet In Heaven." Please understand that due to the popularity of the event, he will not be able to sign other books he has written.

Ticket Information

Tickets to the event may be purchased through the Wharton Center for Performing Arts website or at the Wharton Center Box Office.

This story was edited for length. The full story can be read on the College of Arts and Letters website.

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