“Reading With Robin” welcomes beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Mitch Albom to Rhode Island for the launch of his latest book, Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family. Albom will speak Thursday, November 21 at Temple Beth-El, 70 Orchard Ave. in Providence.
For over twenty years Mitch Albom has shown readers what it means to be human. He writes the books you pour over time and time again, the books that you passionately force friends and family to read, the books that linger in your bones long after you’ve finished them. His latest book, and first work of nonfiction in over a decade, Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family is no exception. Please see below for ticket information and more about the book.
RUN OF SHOW:
6-645PM: VIP registration and reception
6-645PM: General Admission registration
7-9PM: Program with signing
VIP TICKETS ($100): pre-program reception (lite bites, 1 drink ticket, pre-signing with Mitch Albom), personalized copy of Finding Chika, premiere reserved seating, program with Mitch Albom
GENERAL ADMISSION ($40): personalized copy of Finding Chika and program with Mitch Albom
**Tickets are non-refundable but are transferable
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mitch Albom is a bestselling author, screenwriter, playwright and nationally syndicated columnist. The author of five consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers, his books have collectively sold more than thirty-three million copies in forty-two languages worldwide. Tuesdays With Morrie, which spent four straight years atop the New York Times list, is now the bestselling memoir of all time. Four of Albom’s books, including Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day, and Have a Little Faith, have been made into highly acclaimed TV movies for ABC. Oprah Winfrey produced Tuesdays With Morrie, which claimed four Emmy awards including a best actor nod for Jack Lemmon in the lead role. Albom has founded six charities in and around Detroit, including the first-ever twenty-four-hour medical clinic for homeless children in America, and also operates an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Albom lives with his wife, Janine, in metropolitan Detroit.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in a landscape of extreme poverty, and when her mother died giving birth to a baby brother, Chika was brought to The Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Albom operates in Port Au Prince.
With no children of their own, the forty-plus children who live, play, and go to school at the orphanage have become family to Mitch and his wife, Janine. Chika’s arrival makes a quick impression. Brave and self-assured, even as a three-year-old, she delights the other kids and teachers. But at age five, Chika is suddenly diagnosed with something a doctor there says, “No one in Haiti can help you with.”
Mitch and Janine bring Chika to Detroit, hopeful that American medical care can soon return her to her homeland. Instead, Chika becomes a permanent part of their household, and their lives, as they embark on a two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure. As Chika’s boundless optimism and humor teach Mitch the joys of caring for a child, he learns that a relationship built on love, no matter what blows it takes, can never be lost.
Told in hindsight, and through illuminating conversations with Chika herself, this is Albom at his most poignant and vulnerable. Finding Chika is a celebration of a girl, her adoptive guardians, and the incredible bond they formed—a devastatingly beautiful portrait of what it means to be a family, regardless of how it is made.