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Sept. 7, 2010

Contact Rick Kyte at 608-796-3704 or rlkyte@viterbo.edu

BEST SELLING AUTHOR AND RENOWNED JOURNALIST MITCH ALBOM TO PRESENT “HAVE A LITTLE FAITH” AT VITERBO UNIVERSITY OCT. 12, TICKETS GO ON SALE SEPT. 11

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Mitch Albom, author of the acclaimed best-selling books Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day, and Have a Little Faith will present “Have a Little Faith” in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12.

Due to expected heavy demand, special Viterbo Fine Arts Center Box Office hours have been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Box Office or via telephone at 608-796-3100. Call volume is expected to be high, so people are encouraged to try again if they are unable to reach the box office on their first attempt. There will be no online sales. Cost is $20 for main floor and $15 for balcony seating.

“Albom delivers a message that is timely and timeless with stories of people who lead lives motivated by faith and dedicated to the common good,” said Rick Kyte, director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership. “The people he writes about are neither famous nor heroic, but their lives are filled with grace and goodness, and they encourage all of us to be more like them.”

Albom is an internationally renowned and best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television personality, and musician. His books have collectively sold over 28 million copies worldwide, been published in 42 languages around the world, and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and television movies.

Earning a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and an MBA from Columbia’s Graduate School of Business, Albom began his newspaper career as a feature writer for the The Fort Lauderdale News and Sun Sentinel in Florida. He took a position with the Detroit Free Press in 1985, where he would become a nationally-acclaimed sports journalist and one of the best known media figures in the city’s history, working in print, radio, and television. He currently hosts a daily radio show and appears regularly on ESPN’s Sports Reporters and SportsCenter.

In 1995, he re-encountered Morrie Schwartz, a former college professor who was dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease. His visits with Schwartz would lead to the book Tuesdays with Morrie, which moved Mitch away from sports and began his career as an internationally recognized author. Tuesdays with Morrie is the chronicle of Mitch’s time spent with his beloved professor. As a labor of love, Albom wrote the book to help pay Morrie’s medical bills. It spent four years on the New York Times Bestseller list and is now the most successful memoir ever published.

His novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, is the most successful U.S. hardcover first adult novel ever. For One More Day debuted at No.1 on the New York Times Bestseller list and spent nine months on the list. His most recent book, Have a Little Faith, was released in September 2009 and was selected by Oprah.com as the best nonfiction book of 2009.

Have a Little Faith is described by critics as beautifully written story of a remarkable eight-year journey between two worlds—two men, two faiths, two communities—that will inspire readers everywhere. Albom’s first nonfiction book since Tuesdays with Morrie, Have A Little Faith begins with an unusual request: an 82-year-old rabbi from Albom’s old hometown asks him to deliver his eulogy. Have a Little Faith is a book about a life’s purpose; about losing belief and finding it again; about the divine spark inside us all. It is one man’s journey, but it is everyone’s story.

Albom has founded four charities, many in the metropolitan Detroit area: The Dream Fund, A Time To Help, and S.A.Y. Detroit, an umbrella organization for charities dedicated to improving the lives of the neediest, including the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic. His most recent effort, A Hole in the Roof Foundation, helps faith groups of every denomination who care for the homeless repair the spaces in which they carry out their work. The seed that gave root to the foundation was the hole in the roof of the I Am My Brother’s Keeper church in inner-city Detroit, written about in Have a Little Faith.

He was named the recipient of the Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Detroit, Mich.

Albom’s appearance at Viterbo continues a tradition of the ethics institute to host a nationally recognized speaker who offers the community a message of hope and inspiration. Albom follows Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson, Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculée Ilibagiza, and Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize recipient Elie Wiesel.

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