Mitch Albom to speak at Capitol Center about new book, Finding Chika 

Monitor staff
Published: 12/14/2019 9:27:28 PM

In one of his first and most well-known books, Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom wrote about the pivotal conversations he had with his former professor, Morrie Schwartz, and the lessons he learned from Schwartz as he reached the end of his life fighting ALS.

In his eleventh and newest book, Finding Chika, Albom reflects on lessons he learned from Chika, a young Haitian orphan who arrived at Albom’s Have Faith Haiti Orphanage in Port Au Prince before being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor.

Both people, though very different, taught Albom valuable lessons before they died.

Albom will be coming to the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord on Monday night at 7 p.m. to discuss Finding Chika, his work of non-fiction in more than ten years. The cost of the event is $34 for admission for one and one signed copy of Finding Chika. Admission for two is $43 with one signed copy of the book included.

All proceeds for the book go to support Have Faith Haiti Orphanage in Port Au Prince.

Albom took over Have Faith Haiti Orphanage in 2010 after it fell on hard times following the devastating earthquake of that year. It was there that he met Chika, whose mother had mother died giving birth to her brother.

Albom and his wife, who married late in life and never had children, took in Chika as their own at five years old after she was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Albom wrote in an email interview. They brought her to the United States with hopes she could be cured. She passed away two years later, but made a big impact.

“One message that’s key to me is that there are many ways to make a family. Chika didn’t look like us, or talk like us, or come from us, but we could not have been more of a family – and she could not have been more of a daughter to us – than if she was the spitting image of my wife and me,” he wrote. “There are many ways to make a family, but there are no wrong ways to do it.”

“There are so many things that Chika taught me, and I tried to write the book in a way that would be universal for anyone who read it who had a child, wanted to have a child, wanted to adopt a child, foster a child, or in any way enrich his or her life with the gift of children,” Albom added.

A meet and greet book signing line will follow the event. Due to time constraints, no books other than Finding Chika will be sold or signed by the author during this event.

Gibson’s Bookstore and Northeast Delta Dental are sponsoring the event. CEO of Northeast Delta Dental Tom Raffio will be introduce Albom.

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