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Mitch Albom’s Manila book signing postponed

By: Ruel S. De Vera

Bestselling author Mitch Albom’s return to Manila will have to wait for now.

Mitch Albom in Manila in 2014–INQUIRER PHOTO

His book signings, arranged by National Book Store, were originally slated for Feb 15 at SM Megamall and Feb. 16 at the Alabang Town Center; both have now been postponed to ensure the safety of everyone due to the danger of the 2019 novel coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease.

Through an NBS statement, Albom said he was saddened by this but added: “I plan to honor my promise to visit the Philippines as soon as possible.”

The “Tuesdays with Morrie” writer last visited the country in 2014 to sign books in Manila and Cebu; he visited Tacloban, which had been hit hard by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” Albom would later help found the DRY (Donated Reading for Philippine Youth) Libraries in the region. He often includes Filipino characters or subplots in his novels.

His newest book, “Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, and the Making of a Family,” published last year by Little, Brown Book Group,” is about a Haitian girl that Albom and his wife Janine met in Port-au-Prince and tells the story of how they became a family even though the girl had an inoperable brain tumor.