Mike Levine was an award-winning columnist, executive editor of the Times Herald-Record and an inspired writer who was dedicated to community journalism and watchdog reporting. He died at the age of 54 in 2007.
Three times a week for more than 20 years, Levine wrote columns that celebrated human triumphs against long odds, stood up for the little guy and connected readers in ways that transcended race, class and hometowns.
He also told harrowing stories of love and loss, heroism and tragedy. By the end of each column, the power of his words could leave readers with any combination of humility, gratitude, outrage, tears and laughter.
Privately, he talked about his own Jewish and moral obligation to contribute to “Tikkun olam,” Hebrew for “repair of the world.” It is from that belief, which imbued his writings, that this book takes its title.
The book, edited by Christopher Mele, a former Times Herald-Record reporter and editor and now an editor at The New York Times, was a four-year effort culminating in a selection of the best of Levine's more than 2,200 columns.
The book includes reader favorites such as "A Sacred, Special Morning," about the first day of school, "A Little Girl's Grace Lives on at Thanksgiving," and "Adam Finds the Light," about the meaning of Hanukkah.
The book also features columns of Levine calling out the hypocrisy of government officials, his thoughtful reflections on parenthood, life in the Hudson Valley, stories of everyday miracles and his humorous exploits as a first-time homeowner.
All proceeds from sales of "Words to Repair the World" go to the Mike Levine Journalism Education Fund, a nonprofit organization that supports training journalists in the community and watchdog reporting that Levine promoted and held so dear.
It is available in paperback from Amazon and Barnes & Noble and as an ebook on Kindle, Smashwords, Rakuten Kobo, Scribd and Nook. The book is also available to order at all brick-and mortar university book shops and at independent bookstores.
For more information, go to mikelevinebook.com
Event Type(s): Adult Program
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