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Oct. 5, 2006

Mitch Albom Speaks Oct. 12 As Part Of UI Lecture Series

Author, journalist and radio host Mitch will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union as part of the 2006-2007 UI Lecture Series.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the UI Lecture Committee and the University Book Store.

Albom is the author of nine books, including the newest, "For One More Day," published Sept. 26. Albom will be signing copies of the book, which will also be on sale. A portion of the proceeds will be given to the All Iowa Reads program sponsored by the Iowa Center for the Book and the State Library of Iowa.

"For One More Day" is the story of Charley "Chick" Benetto who thought he understood the father and mother who raised him. But on the cusp of ending a life of shattered dreams, he is given one last day to learn how much he never knew.  The new novel is written in the style that won Albom so many readers for both his nonfiction and his bestselling novel, "The Five People You Meet In Heaven."

His first novel, "The Five People You Meet in Heaven", published in 2003 is the most successful U.S. hardback first novel ever and has, to date, sold over 8 million copies worldwide. "Tuesdays With Morrie," (1997) his chronicle of time spent with a beloved but dying college professor, spent four years on the New York Times bestsellers list and is now the most successful memoir ever published.

Both books were eventually turned into celebrated TV films. The critically acclaimed "Five People You Meet in Heaven" aired on ABC in winter 2004. Oprah Winfrey produced the film version of "Tuesdays With Morrie" in December 1999 starring Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria. The film garnered four Emmy awards, including best TV film, director, actor and supporting actor.

He wrote the screenplay for "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," and is an established playwright, having authored numerous pieces for the theater, including the off-Broadway version of "Tuesdays With Morrie" (co-written with Jeffrey Hatcher) which has seen more than 40 productions nationwide, and several recent comedies that have been produced and performed in venues across the country.

Albom has been named the top sports columnist in the nation by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the highest honor in his field. For the last decade, he has hosted a popular daily radio talk show that originates from Detroit.

Albom has founded three charities in the metropolitan Detroit area for disadvantaged children, the homeless, the elderly and others. He also raises money for literacy projects through a variety of means including his performances with The Rock Bottom Remainders, a band made up of writers including Steven King, Dave Barry, Scott Turow, Amy Tan and Ridley Pearson.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu; Program: UI Lecture Committee, 319-335-3255.