General Questions about Mitch
- Where can I buy your books, films, or plays?
To find purchasing options for my books:
To purchase my films:
Purchase the acting editions of my plays:
Tuesdays with Morrie
And the Winner Is
Duck Hunter Shoots Angel
- Where can I find foreign translations of your books?
You can find information about the foreign editions of my books in the International Editions sections of my site.
- How do I obtain permission to use an excerpt from one of your books?
To obtain permissions for Tuesdays with Morrie
, please contact Doubleday Books at www.randomhouse.com
. To obtain permissions for The Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day
, or Have a Little Faith,
please contact Hyperion Books at www.hyperionbooks.com
- Where can I find a reading group guide for your books?
You can find reading group guides, as well as other exclusive content for reading groups and bookclubs, in the Reading Groups
section of my site. Click here
to find out more.
- Are your works taught in schools?
Yes, Tuesdays with Morrie
has been used in many schools in the USA and around the world and it gives me great pleasure to hear from teachers. Morrie would be thrilled to know. If you are a teacher or to read some comments from teachers click here
- Will you speak at an event?
Thanks for your interest. Please contact Royce Carlton at 800.532.8873 or RoyceCarlton.com
for any inquiry regarding speaking engagements.
- Can I have your autograph?
Thank you for thinking of me, but with tens of millions of copies of my books sold worldwide, accepting and sending out mail isn’t logistically possible for security and staff concerns. Please visit my calendar
for news on future appearances and formal signings.
I do not have a public email address. I encourage you to post your messages to me and fellow subscribers on the DISCUSSION board. I can't read all of them, and not every day, but I love to hear from you. If you're a teacher, please post your special stories about teaching one of my books in the dedicated Teacher's Corner. If you're a reading group, tell me about your group here. If you're a student, please read the letter from a young fan like you here. You may be able to find an answers to other questions in the following areas: biography; my picks for movies, music, and more; advice from me about writing; site help, where you'll find answers to frequently-asked questions about registration, your account, the message boards, and more.
- When will you next be in my town?
Please visit my calendar
for an up-to-date list of future appearances and formal signings.
- Can you help support my cause or charity?
As you can imagine, there simply isn’t enough column space and radio time to address the many requests like this that I receive. So I created a “Give Back to Your Community”
posting area so that you can get the word out about the good you do. This area is important to me, so please only post legitimate events and causes.
- Where can I send fan mail?
You can send mail to my publisher, Hyperion Books.
Questions About Mitch’s Books and Writing
- I’m writing a book report about one of your books. Where can I get some information about you and your writing?
I receive thousands of emails each month from people of all ages. Many, like the young student whose note appears here
, ask me what inspired my work. I’ve included this student's questions, and my replies, which I hope my readers and other students and teachers will find helpful.
- How long does it take to for you to write your books?
It took me six years after Tuesdays, to be honest, because I was sort of overwhelmed by the huge reception for that book, since no one ever expected it – least of all me. I finally decided to do something completely different and write fiction - and a story about heaven to boot. That took some time. Once I completed The Five People You Meet in Heaven, the issue became which idea to choose next? That’s why it took me three years. I started about four different books, only to put them aside and get interested in writing another. As for the future, well, those other four are still sitting in the drawer, crying out for attention. I think I will be faster than once every six years, but I can’t ever see cranking books out like some of my very talented colleagues, who can do one or even two a year. I think mine will always take a bit of time to sit in my heart and brain and feel completely right.
- Your books address life on a spiritual level—where do you meet these spiritual teachers?
I have been taught, emotionally and spiritually, by many people over the years. My parents certainly affected such growth. The clerics in my life have done the same. Some of the people I have gotten to know since Tuesdays With Morrie who are dying themselves and have shared their stories with me have shaped my spirituality. And, to be honest, recently I have become involved with a local homeless shelter. And some of the men I have met there, as wounded as they are, have touched me deeply and affected my view of the world. Your teachers, I believe, can come from anywhere.
- What interested you in characters like Eddie and Chick, who are in many ways “losers”?
Because the world has heard enough about famous people and rich celebrities. I worked for many years with the biggest sports stars in America, and I suppose I grew tired of seeing everyday people feel these athletes were somehow gods and much more important than they were. My belief is that wealth or celebrity doesn’t make anyone more significant than anyone else and that, in truth, the greatest lessons we learn usually come from the most ordinary things and people. Charley and Eddie go through things that most of us go through. I felt that taking these simple men on extraordinary journeys would make the stories easier for readers to relate.
- How do your books affect your own life?
The most profound effect of any of the books I have written has to have been Tuesdays With Morrie. Before that, I was a harried, ambitious sportswriter who never spent five minutes thinking about mortality, how we spend our lives, or my legacy with others. Visiting Morrie, watching him slowly die, seeing him so wise and brave in those final months, really was a life-changing experience. Just the act of writing the book, which was done to pay his medical bills, was probably the first large act that I did for someone else, not me. As it turned out, that act changed my life in so many ways.
Each of my books has taught me something, both in the writing and in the reaction. But Tuesdays, because it is a true story, was the first and most significant turn in the road.
- Why did you write For One More Day?
I wrote it because I had wanted to do something on mothers and sons, that very unique--but not often explored--relationship. I have been blessed with a wonderful mother, a strong, loving, opinionated woman, and I can't imagine what life will be like when she is gone, but I know so many people who have gone through that loss. I also wanted to do something about the terrible effects of divorce on children and this book let me explore how children, when their parents split, chase after the love that eludes them. That chase often haunts you right into adulthood.
- Do you have any advice about publishing a book or being a writer?
As you might imagine, I'm often asked to provide blurbs or offer advice on someone's work, and while I'm flattered you're asking my opinion, but I just don't have time to adequately read all these new works and offer the best advice. There are many guides and websites of organizations (like the Authors Guild) that will explain the basic mechanics of the publishing industry, and important details you need to know as an author. But I believe that it all starts with a story. I once gave a talk to fellow columnists at the Detroit Free Press about writing. Click here to read it. I hope you'll find meaningful insights into finding your voice and reaching your audience.