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Maddie’s Mark and Fingerpaint Present:

An Evening with Mitch Albom (tickets here)


Best-selling author of The Five People You Meet In Heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie

For an inspiring evening, filled with stories of hope, resiliency and what it means to be a family.


Finding Chika

November 20, 2019

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Sage Colleges

Schacht Fine Arts Center

65 1st Street, Troy


Join us as we welcome beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Mitch Albom for the launch of his latest book, Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family. 



5:15 PM Doors open for VIP ticket holders

5:45 PM: Doors open for Preferred and General Admission ticket holders

6:30 PM – 830 PM: Program with signing


VIP TICKETS ($60): pre-program, pre-signing with Mitch Albom, personalized copy of Finding Chika, premiere reserved seating, program with Mitch Albom

PREFERRED TICKETS ($35): pre-signed copy of Finding Chika, program with Mitch Albom

GENERAL ADMISSION ($25): copy of Finding Chika, program with Mitch Albom

**Tickets are non-refundable but are transferable



ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mitch Albom is a bestselling author, screenwriter, playwright and nationally syndicated columnist. The author of five consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers, his books have collectively sold more than thirty-three million copies in forty-two languages worldwide. Tuesdays With Morrie, which spent four straight years atop the New York Times list, is now the bestselling memoir of all time. Four of Albom’s books, including Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day, and Have a Little Faith, have been made into highly acclaimed TV movies for ABC. Oprah Winfrey produced Tuesdays With Morrie, which claimed four Emmy awards including a best actor nod for Jack Lemmon in the lead role. Albom has founded six charities in and around Detroit, including the first-ever twenty-four-hour medical clinic for homeless children in America, and also operates an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Albom lives with his wife, Janine, in metropolitan Detroit.


ABOUT THE BOOK: Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in a landscape of extreme poverty, and when her mother died giving birth to a baby brother, Chika was brought to The Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Albom operates in Port Au Prince.

With no children of their own, the forty-plus children who live, play, and go to school at the orphanage have become family to Mitch and his wife, Janine. Chika’s arrival makes a quick impression. Brave and self-assured, even as a three-year-old, she delights the other kids and teachers. But at age five, Chika is suddenly diagnosed with something a doctor there says, “No one in Haiti can help you with.”

Mitch and Janine bring Chika to Detroit, hopeful that American medical care can soon return her to her homeland. Instead, Chika becomes a permanent part of their household, and their lives, as they embark on a two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure. As Chika’s boundless optimism and humor teach Mitch the joys of caring for a child, he learns that a relationship built on love, no matter what blows it takes, can never be lost.

Told in hindsight, and through illuminating conversations with Chika herself, this is Albom at his most poignant and vulnerable. Finding Chika is a celebration of a girl, her adoptive guardians, and the incredible bond they formed—a devastatingly beautiful portrait of what it means to be a family, regardless of how it is made.