Talking with Mitch Albom About The First Phone Call from Heaven

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.

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.


  1. Tamirra says:

    I just finished ‘The Time Keeper.’ About 10minutes ago. I read it in 3hrs. He is an amazing writer and speaks from the depths of understanding. I cried and laughed after reading his letter at the end. I’m not a religious person however very spiritual and feel what ever way people connect to hope and faith is wonderful as long as they do not condemn others for not being aware or tuned in to their core. He has the most amazing way of using words to tune in others of all types. I found your blog looking on the internet to make sure I hadn’t missed any books he’s written. I look forward to reading ‘The First Phone Call From Heaven.’ I feel ‘The Time Keeper’ should be offered to people that our struggling to see their worth and connection. Innocently, without any underlying connection beyond the inner self.