Finding Chika

a little girl, an earthquake, and the making of a family

November 2019


I realized families are like pieces of art: They can be made from many materials. Sometimes they are from birth, sometimes they are melded, sometimes they are forcibly constructed, and sometimes they are merely the confluence of time and circumstance, mixing together, like eggs being scrambled in a Michigan kitchen.

But they are all real. Chika was a daughter to a number of people. And for the last two years, she was ours, gloriously ours…

We did not lose a child. We were given one.

— Mitch Albom, “Chika’s Story” in the Detroit Free Press

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 Mission & 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.”


Featuring exclusive clips of Chika, in her own voice. 

Mitch and Janine bring Chika to Detroit, hopeful that they can get the medical help needed to return her to a healthy life in Haiti. 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 for an inoperable brain tumor. As Chika’s boundless optimism and humor teach Mitch the joys a child brings to their lives, 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 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.


What Readers Are Saying...

“Unadorned, heartwarming…the takeaway from this simple, moving memoir is that love has no boundaries and should not be hindered by ethnicity, religion, education, or money. A highly expressive, tender story about how ‘families are like pieces of art, they can be made from many materials.'” — Kirkus


“This is a story of such heart-wrenching beauty that you think it would take a Mitch Albom to compose it. But Albom is more than the author, for it was his own heart that was broken open by the surprising arrival and excruciating departure of a dazzling little Haitian girl named Chika—who became, in every way that matters, his and his wife’s precious daughter — and it is his own life he seeks to patch back together in the telling.” — Melissa Fay Greene, two-time National Book Award finalist and author of There Is No Me Without You


“Mitch Albom has done it again with this moving memoir of love and loss. You can’t help but fall for Chika. A page-turner that will no doubt become a classic.” —Mary Karr, author of The Liars’ Club and The Art of Memoir


“Chika’s story of hope, faith, and unconditional love is simultaneously uplifting and tragic…In this lustrous tribute to a short but impactful life, Albom’s gift for plucking heartstrings and finding meaning in life, which has endeared him to millions, is on full display.” — Booklist

“Albom’s memoir is a lens into his grief but also a celebration of Chika’s spirit and lessons gleaned from their time together as a family. The heartbreaking but uplifting story is a testament to the bravery and resilience of children and the power of love. Essential for all public libraries.” — Library Journal

““Finding Chika” is a touching rumination on the magic of children, the extraordinary lengths parents will go for them and the unlikely family that came together across continents” — AP

“Emotionally rich and deeply affecting, the scope of Albom’s writing is breathtaking and a gut punch to the soul. You won’t be able to put the book down until the very last page. This intimate portrait should be read by anyone who has ever been warmed by the smile of a child.” — Booktrib

“A heartbreaking story of love, grief and the true meaning of family.” — MIrror

Book Tour Events

An Evening with Mitch Albom – Maddie’s Mark, Myles of Smiles & Fingerpaint – Troy, NY
Nov 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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 for meet and greet with Mitch Albom

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

Reading With Robin Presents: Mitch Albom in Providence, RI
Nov 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

For over twenty years Mitch Albom has shown readers what it means to be human. He writes the books you pour over time and time again, the books that you passionately force friends and family to read, the books that linger in your bones long after you’ve finished them. His latest book, and first work of nonfiction in over a decade, Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family is no exception. Please see below for ticket information and more about the book.


6-645PM: VIP registration and reception

6-645PM: General Admission registration

7-9PM: Program with signing

VIP TICKETS ($100): pre-program reception (lite bites, 1 drink ticket, pre-signing with Mitch Albom), personalized copy of Finding Chika, premiere reserved seating, program with Mitch Albom

GENERAL ADMISSION ($40): personalized copy of Finding Chika and program with Mitch Albom

**Tickets are non-refundable but are transferable

WhyNotDevin Foundation to End DIPG – Boston, MA
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mitch Albom will be discussing his new book, Finding Chika. A story about his daughter with DIPG.

Please join us for a beautiful evening in Boston. Mitch Albom will speak about his new book followed by a book signing. Tickets include his newest book, Finding Chika. All proceeds to benefit the WhyNotDevin Foundation to End DIPG. A foundation dediated to helping families battling Diffuse Intrisnic Pontine Glioma.

Barnes & Noble – Rochester Hills, MI
Nov 29 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Barnes & Noble – Northville, MI
Dec 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan – Benton Harbor, MI
Dec 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Part of the upcoming 2019-20 Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series hosted by The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College.

—- or contact The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700 option 1, weekdays 10 am to 6 pm.

The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan enters its 76th season. It has brought more than 435 world leaders, politicians, newsmakers, and experts to the region. The goal of this non-partisan series is to provide unique opportunities for personal and community growth by presenting a wide spectrum of ideas and viewpoints through commentary by innovative, energizing, and insightful national and international speakers.



Penn State Altoona
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Details to be announced

Book Tour – Kensington Church – Lake Orion, MI
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Midweek With Special Guest, Mitch Albom

#1 New York Times bestselling author, Mitch Albom, joins us for a very special Midweek

Tickets are free, but registration is required.



An Evening with Mitch Albom – Oshman Family JCC – Palo Alto, CA
Dec 10 @ 10:30 pm – 12:30 am

#1 internationally renowned and bestselling author, Mitch Albom, returns to nonfiction with Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, And The Making Of A Family. With this book, the author of Tuesdays With Morrie returns to nonfiction for the first time in over a decade to celebrate Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart.

$25: General Public Ticket and Book Bundle

$22: Members and J-Pass Holders Ticket and Book Bundle



Barnes & Noble – Shelby Township, MI
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Mitch Albom’s Finding Chika – Concord, NH
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Northeast Delta Dental and Gibson’s Bookstore present bestselling author Mitch Albom, with Finding Chika, his first work of non-fiction in over ten years! This poignant memoir celebrates Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change the heart of a family.

Finding Chika is bestselling Mitch Albom’s first work of non-fiction in over ten years! This poignant memoir celebrates Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change the heart of a family.

A meet & greet book signing line follows the event. Due to considerations of time, no books other than Finding Chika will be sold or signed by the author during this event, so please, no books from home.



$34 (admission for one;  one signed copy of Finding Chika);  $43 (admission for two; one signed copy of Finding Chika). Availability: CCA Patron-level and higher members: starting on Thurs, Oct 31 at 12PM. On sale to the general public on Fri, Nov 1 at 12PM.

Barnes & Noble – Brighton, MI
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Books-A-Million – Beverly Hills, MI
Dec 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Hospice of Marion County – Ocala, FL
Jan 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Details to be announced

Community Hospice – Ohio
Jan 20 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am

Details to come

Calvin University January Series – Grand Rapids, MI
Jan 21 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Author, columnist, radio host, and philanthropist Mitch Albom is an inspiration around the world. His books, including the New York Times Bestselling Tuesdays with Morrie, have sold over 39 million copies and have been translated into over 45 languages. While nationally recognized for his sports writing at the Detroit Press, Albom is perhaps best known for the themes of hope and kindness that weave through his books, plays, and films. In his talks and presentations, he brings the same inspiring message of community building, giving, and purpose. He is the founder of 10 charities, nine in Detroit and one in Haiti. His latest book, Finding Chicka, marks his return to nonfiction for the first time in more than a decade as a memoir that celebrates Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart. It is a book about the making of a family and our responsibility to abandoned children worldwide.

Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, NC
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Event details to be announced.

The Circle of Care – Westport, CT
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for an intimate conversation with Mitch Albom  as he reflects on his life-changing experience with Chika. It will be an inspirational evening filled with funny and tender anecdotes and moving photos and video from his time with the amazing Chika.

Moved by the suffering he witnessed after the devastating Haiti earthquake of 2010, Author Mitch Albom adopted a failing orphanage in the city of Port-au-Prince for his charities. There he met Chika, a bold and curious five-year-old girl, who had developed a life-threatening brain tumor. With no doctors in Haiti able to help her, Albom brought Chika into his home with the hope that medical care in the U.S. could cure Chika’s illness. They were an unlikely family – Albom and his wife were in their late 50’s, Chika was a fireball of pre-school childish energy, with endless questions about her new country, its people and the world around her. The story of their journey and the many things they learned along the way is told in Albom’s new book Chika.  It is Mitch’s hope that audiences will be moved by Chika’s courage, enlightened by her journey, inspired by her humanity and empowered to help ease the suffering of children worldwide.


General Admission Ticket Prices

VIP ticket price $75 – Signed book & reserved premier seating, entered into drawing for a chance to attend meet and greet

General admission ticket price $35 in advance – first come first served seating

General admission ticket price $40 at the door

Additional books purchased at the event $20

Book price post event – $25

CUES Future Summit 2020 – Detroit
Feb 5 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Details to be announced

The Chika Fund covers life-saving medical costs and health care, including inoculations, nutrition, regular doctor checkups, medical tests and if-needed hospitalizations at Have Faith Haiti.

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