craig melvin

Craig Melvin, and Melvin's book cover - images from Richland Library

TODAY Show news anchor, award-winning journalist and Columbia native, Craig Melvin, will be holding a virtual book tour with Richland Library as the first stop.

Meet the Author: Craig Melvin, will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 13. WISTV's Judi Gatson will be moderating the discussion as Melvin shares details from his new book, Pops: Learning to Be a Son and a Father. The book is a deeply personal exploration of fatherhood, addiction and resiliency, according to library representatives.

Growing up in Columbia, Melvin had a fraught relationship with his father, Lawrence Melvin, who was a distant and often absent parent due to his drinking and his job working the graveyard shift at a postal facility. The book describes their long journey to reconciliation, Melvin's series of surrogate father figures in his life - uncles, teachers and workplace mentors - and how all of these experiences and encounters have informed Melvin's understanding of his own role as a dad.

The online program is fee and open to the public. Registration to attend can be found HERE.

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