This weekend marks the debut of veteran newswoman Jane Pauley as a regular contributor for CBS Sunday Morning. Her premier piece will be with bestselling author Mitch Albom.
BESTSELLING AUTHOR MITCH ALBOM TELLS 'CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD' HIS BOOKS ARE NOT ABOUT DEATH, BUT ABOUT LIFE.
ALBOM TELLS JANE PAULEY: 'I USE DEATH AS A MIRROR BACK ON LIFE, BECAUSE IT'S REALLY HARD TO GET PEOPLE'S ATTENTION TO THINK ABOUT WHAT THEIR LIFE MATTERS OR HOW IT MATTERS UNTIL YOU REMIND THEM THAT IT'S NOT GOING TO GO ON FOREVER'
Mitch Albom's bestselling books - he's sold 35 million copies so far - usually involve death. But, as Albom tells Jane Pauley in an interview for CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD, he doesn't think of himself as someone who writes about dying.
'People who write about serial killers write about dying,' Albom tells Pauley in her first assignment as a regular contributor to CBS SUNDAY MORNING. 'In my books, usually one person dies. It usually happens in a paragraph or half a page. And the rest of the book is about that person's life in some way. And I use death as a mirror back on life, because it's really hard to get people's attention to think about what their life matters or how it matters until you remind them that it's not going to go on forever. And then all of the sudden, everybody pays attention.'
Albom, a former sportswriter, began this phase of his career in 1997 when his book Tuesdays with Morrie, a series of conversations with his former professor who was dying of Lou Gehrig's disease - ALS - became an international bestseller. Since then there have been five more books, all bestsellers - in addition to a radio show, a newspaper column, and a slew of charitable ventures to help people in need in his hometown of Detroit.
'I notice people who need help and I find ways,' Albom says in the interview to be broadcast April 27 (9:00 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.
He also supports an orphanage in Haiti, where he spends four days a month.
'It's been the most amazing experience in my life,' Albom says. 'For someone who wasn't blessed with children, this is as close as I have been able to come to having children of my own. I've got nieces and nephews that I adore and they're like our kids. But these kids need me, you know?'
Albom also talks with Pauley about his career, the inspiration for his latest book, The First Phone Call from Heaven, and future projects. The interview will be broadcast as part of CBS SUNDAY MORNING's special themed broadcast, 'That's Life.'
CBS SUNDAY MORNING is broadcast Sundays at 9 a.m. on WUSA9.