Mitch Albom

Tuesdays with Morrie, the moving story of a teacher, his wisdom and his death, has more than 5 million copies in print in 31 languages. TIME talked with the author in New York City

Q. Your book has been a smash hit for three years. Has it been enjoyable for you?

A. I don't know if enjoyable is the word I would use. I've had an enlightening time. I've had a life-changing time. I'm a much different person now than I was before this book came out.

Q. What's it like to meet the public?

A. People who meet...

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