Prime-time heckling in Pittsburgh

So all ya'll in Pittsburgh, consider yourself on notice: Mitch Albom, that bastion of expertly banal writing, is coming to do a book signing at the South Hills Village Barnes & Noble on October 4 at 7:30 p.m. to sign his new book, "For One More Day."

Everyone should go and heckle this bozo.

Why? Because besides writing such tripe as "Tuesdays with Morrie" and "Five People You Meet in Heaven," Albom is also a fabricator. See, as a journalist at the Detroit Free Press, Albom -- who makes all the little old ladies who come into B&N to buy the latest Il Divo album swoon with his books about death -- Albom was caught making up stories and passing them off as legit. Read about it here.

Usually, being caught in such a pathetically half-baked scheme as concoting a story about MSU grads attending a basketball game would result in a firing or forced resignation, and the shame that goes along with that is enough to sate the ire of having to look at his ridiculously small-sized volumes populating the shelves and bestseller racks at a super-size bookstore. But Albom didn't resign or get fired because he wrote those awful books. He's a member of the literary glitterati, you see, so that precludes him from facing reprisals for not doing his job and lying about it. If you write books that move off the shelves of B&N or Borders as swiftly as "Tuesdays with Morrie," then you're above such pedestrian things as "accountability" or "legitimacy." I guess.

It's up to us, then, at the street level, to take this guy to task. I for one can't stand how smug this dude looks given his predisposition for fabrication. As if he knows that whatever schlock he slings, in whatever medium he chooses, a bunch of suckers are going to be frothing at the mouth to devour it. And he's probably right. But not everyone is as gullible. So all yunz out there in the 'Burgh that don't like being lied to, having fast ones pulled on them, bad journalism, or crass writing should go to his book signing and ask him why he's escaped reprisals and why he can be so full of himself when he's a bold-faced fabricator.