Mitchell David Albom

​It has been four years since I first read Tuesdays with Morrie which was one of the best non fiction, memoir I’ve ever read. It sparked something, a feeling I’ve never felt before. The tag line, ‘an old man, a young man and life’s greatest lesson’ echoed in my mind all night. The book was too good, worth reading more than once and worth sharing.
Tuesdays with Morrie topped the New York Times Non-Fiction Bestsellers of 2000. An unabridged audiobook was published, narrated by Mitch Albom himself. It contains the conversation between Mitch and his once sociology professor Morrie Schwartz. 
The book got me interested in knowing more about the author and his works. So, here goes the bio:

Mitchell David Albom was born on May 23, 1958. He’s an American, author, journalist, screenwriter, dramatist, radio and television broadcaster, and musician (whew!). His books have sold over 35 million copies worldwide. He was a sports writer in the earlier part of his career, now best known for the inspirational stories and themes that weave through his books, plays, and films. Most of his works revolve around life and emotions. 
His works include:

  • Tuesdays with Morrie
  • The five people you meet in heaven
  • Have a little faith
  • For one more day
  • The time keeper
  • The magic strings of Frankie Presto
  • The first phone call from heaven

And many more including a few works in music. The best thing about him is, his upbringing. He had supportive parents who encouraged him to do more, telling him it’s a big world out there and he ought to see it. He belonged to a middle class locale and made it big. He started his career as a columnist for Queens Tribune, still working in the field of music to support himself financially.
His books have been made into television series, namely For one more day, The five people you meet in heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie. Oprah Winfrey herself produced the television movie ‘For one more day’, which is my favourite book of his. So, Mitch Albom is a playwright, musician, author and a journalist who’s trying to make a difference through his work. 


#Authorstory call

Just over a year ago, on 6th January 2016, @sashay909 got the ball rolling with the first in a series of feature posts called ‘Authors who made History’. That wonderful post featured the legendary William Shakespeare.

Thank you @piyushavir for confirming you’re ok for us to try and take your challenge forward, if anyone wishes to join in and maybe add to ideas or issue new small challenges within the theme. So I’m also sharing this extract (from my latest blogpost taking part in coolbeans’ MonthlyLookAhead…) Continue reading

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Stumbling on a Remarkable Life: Adela Rogers St. John (an Author Study)

#Authorstory – index & call for volunteers

(‘Authors Who Made History’ in progress, perhaps  …  please feel free to add a blog link to share a relevant current or past post of your own here if you wish.)

In the meantime, would anyone like to post for this feature during November (16th? 23rd? 30th?) or December? Your article can be any word-length and does not have to be a formal ‘essay’ style for this feature providing it is a ‘complete’ post. Please use the #authorstory tag. Images used in your post could be your own, or otherwise Commons or fair use compliant and clearly credited with the image source. There should be a clear policy here somewhere confirming your usual standard intellectual property rights as contributing/author members (see also final paragraph in this post). WordPress, BloggingU and commons type guidelines and founding principles apply. (Thanks 🙂

Latest #Shutterbug Showcase call for volunteers can be found here. NB: This ‘feature’ includes the potential for writing responses to the prompt and not only as a ‘photopost’.

@piyushavir – are you still available ‘on call’ as per sidebar info? hope all is well with you. ALSO Did you previously express an interest in posting a fave/rec. author for this and you wanting today/any other? Apologies if I’m mixing you up with someone else and no worries if you are too busy but please can you indicate your anticipated response time. (PS – thanks to whomever for sorting @admin issue earlier)

Link URLs indexed below to #authorstory posts featured previously:

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Shutterbug Showcase #prompt for 10th November…

Following Susan’s announcement that she would like a rest from volunteer scheduling and prefers not to be tagged at the moment for #shutterbug showcase (and while not wishing to be “volunteer scheduling-in-charge” for personal health reasons and my #authorstory interest, resuming that from next week hopefully…)

Call for volunteers to post for this event for any of the following dates? The prompt for next week is…


Susan, (arwen1968) originally suggested the fantastic idea of each participant deciding the prompt for the following week. I’m proposing that you can adapt the above prompt eg you might wish to drop the ‘TOAST’ and adapt the prompt to make it ‘CELEBRATION’, for instance – or anything else you might loosely relate to the ‘TOAST’ prompt.

Volunteers are invited to post for the following dates (non-members could post on their own blogs if they prefer as our admin is inaccessible and appears currently inactive and so maybe not allowing new member access). I could then reblog your post here on this forum. Current members very welcome to post directly here (or similarly could reblog here from their own blog post if they prefer). Please reply in comments to this post if you wish to take part for any of these dates (ie. to post a photo in response and to leave a prompt for the next week’s participant). This way we can still all see who might or might not wish to carrying on playing with this original idea.

10 November: @adriennea3 (thank you for confirmation, fab #fotopost ) and prompt for 17th Nov (Love)

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Authors Who Made History: Goethe

Yesterday was #readabookday on Twitter. As I’m still waiting for delivery of a recently purchased book – and with a love of Project Gutenberg (and other free online reading archives) I headed to their Facebook page to find I am belated in marking Goethe’s birthday anniversary (Goethe, born 28th August, 1749, died 22nd March, 1831, aged 82 years). The following autobiography by Goethe, was a fantastic find -originally translated from German and published in English in 1897 and only recently added to Project Gutenberg.

(For some reason, facebook posts, although showing in post-draft, not showing in published post, you can also find it at this link: )

I could probably spend hours over months reading about Goethe before being able to pay justice to his #authorstory. Although his is a name I’m familiar with, in the context of his work being of influence to other literary and artistic creators, I haven’t yet read enough to barely begin here. To draw upon his autobiography I might need a good while future reading time yet.

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​Authors who made history: Ernesto Guevara de la Serna

Some authors are just authors. They make writing as their profession and do what they do best, write. Some authors have a profession but write out of sheer passion. But this one is a bit different from all the others. He quit his profession, became a revolutionary, then became an author. Guess who?

It’s none other than Ernesto Guevara aka Che Guevara. Just imagine how cool the books written by a revolutionary would be? When I read The motorcycle diaries (Diarios de Motocicleta in Spanish) the first time, I was absolutely awestruck by his narration. It’s a memoir that traces the early travels of Che Guevara, when he was a 23-year-old medical student, and his friend Alberto Granado, a 29-year-old biochemist. I’m a sucker for memoirs and this was the first memoir I’ve read. Let’s talk about the author now.

Before he became a revolutionary, he was a physician. He was born in Rosario, Argentina, on June 14th, 1928. As a young medical student, he travelled across South America and was radicalized by the poverty and suffering of people. He then got involved in reforming Guatemala because of the capital exploitation of Latin America by the US.  He later went to Cuba with Fidel Castro to overthrow the Cuban dictator Batista and then rose to fame. He also held respectable positions in the newly formed government. Che left Cuba in 1965 to foment revolution in Congo and then in Bolivia. But he was captured in Bolivia by the Bolivian forces and then shot dead.

As I said earlier, he was an author too. He wrote books on guerrilla warfare. As an adolescent, he was into poetry and was fascinated by the works of Pablo Neruda and John Keats. There were more than 3000 books in his home library which made him an ecstatic reader. He wrote three books, namely The Motorcycle Diaries, Guerilla warfare andEpisodes of Cuban Revolutionary war.

He was a person that could use a gun and a pen with equal expertise. He became a legendary figure for socialists worldwide after his death.

Better to stand and die than to live on your knees.

Did I metion that they made a movie based on his Motorcycle diaries in 2004?? The movie’s name is Motorcycle diaries too. It even won Academy and BAFTA awards. 

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