Do you have any relationship with Book of the Month. Were you ever a member?

Oh yeah - Book of the Month Club. We were all members of that when we were kids.

Books were hugely important in my family. Reading was hugely important. We belonged to that - they were fine with that. I could pick out any books that I wanted. I remember getting a book shipped to the house. Getting a book, and seeing it arrive is a different feeling than anything else because it has a nice shape. You know what it is when it gets there. It comes in that box, you know, that's kind of set for it. And there's a way of like ripping it open and pulling it out and it first comes out and you see all those, maybe the deckle-edged pages or something. You're holding it in your hands for the first time, you're flipping through it. So tactile you know. That's what I try to tell my young family members, who are in their teens or 20's and of my nephews read 'Frankie Presto,' 500 plus pages, on his phone. A cell phone. And told me, 'Oh it was great.' I said, 'How could you even absorb it on your cell phone?' So yeah I remember the days of books coming in the mail, for us, and ripping them open, and that was a big deal.

We also asked Mitch what he's currently working on.

What am I working on... My next book is going to be non-fiction, a return to non-fiction. It's going to center around my experience operating an orphanage in Haiti for the last, now it'll be seven years, since the earthquake. Six years - what are we 2016? Yeah, so the last six years since the earthquake. Which has really opened my eyes to children and what it means to be a family, even if you know, they don't look like you, and you're the wrong age, and all these other things. Kids in Haiti have really opened up my eyes. So there's a lot of stories that I've collected, and there's one in particular that I'm going to focus on. And I think we'll do that in 2017. Which will be the 20th anniversary of 'Tuesdays with Morrie.' Time flies.

And what he's reading now.

I just finished reading this really odd book, called 'The Guide for the Perplexed.' It's very well written, and it takes place in Modern America where someone is captured as a hostage and killed. And then in the time of Sholem Aleichem, at the same time, and he's searching now, ancient texts. And I don't know how this author got those ideas together. But it was one of the things I started reading I said, 'This is just too odd to put down.' And I really ended up enjoying it.