We all know Mitch Albom as the author of five consecutive No. 1 New York Times best sellers, including Tuesdays with Morrie, which spent four years perched atop the New York Times best sellers list and is proclaimed the best-selling memoir of all time. Four of his books have been made into TV movies, and Tuesdays with Morrie has become a successful stage play. What you may not know is that Albom has founded a half-dozen charities in Detroit and Haiti, including the first 24-hour medical clinic for homeless children in America. Those acts of goodness are crucial to cite, for all of Mitch’s books, from Tuesdays with Morrie to his first novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven to his forthcoming novel, The First Phone Call from Heaven, are concerned with the questions, What does it mean to have faith? How do we live our lives well? And, as the inevitable corollary, How do we face death? These are issues Albom discussed in an interview earlier this year in the HarperCollins offices, where he also sounded off passionately about the state of journalism today.