Mitch Albom on his new Holocaust novel—and his accidental hockey anthem songwriting experience

Mitch Albom will be speaking at Beth Tzedec in Toronto on Feb. 29. (Photo by Jesse Nesser)

Mitch Albom has sold tens of millions of copies of his popular inspirational books—among them Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and The Stranger in the Lifeboat—but never has the Jewish author focused so explicitly on Judaism until his latest book, The Little Liar. Set in Greece during the Holocaust, the novel tells the story of a young boy who never tells a lie—until he is tricked into doing so by a Nazi officer, changing the trajectory of his life after he war.

Albom will be in Toronto to discuss the book at Beth Tzedec Congregation on Feb. 29, but before heading north, he spoke to The CJN’s sports podcasters to discuss his decades-long career as an award-winning sportswriter. On this week’s episode of Menschwarmers, Albom drops by to share stories of dining over subs with Brendan Shanahan and how he came to write “Hit Somebody! (The Hockey Song)” for Warren Zevon.

Plus, hosts Gabe and James recap the latest news in Jews and sports, including the now-infamous incident involving two Jewish fans being removed from a Toronto Raptors game and how the new Netflix docuseries about Formula 1 racing focuses its debut episode on Jewish Montrealer Lawrence Stroll.


Menschwarmers is hosted by James Hirsh and Gabe Pulver, and produced and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our intro music is by Coby Lipovitch, and our outro music is “Organ Grinder Swing” by chēēZ π. This show is a member of The CJN Podcast Network. Follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter @menschwarmers or TikTok @menschwarmers. Support the show by subscribing to this podcast or donating to The CJN.