Craig Melvin

Hear from TODAY Show news anchor, award-winning journalist and author Craig Melvin during the first stop on his virtual book tour. Join Richland Library for Meet the Author: Craig Melvin from 3 - 4 p.m., Sunday, June 13. Please register to attend this online program, which is free and open to the public.

During the moderated discussion with Judi Gatson, evening anchor for WIS News 10, Melvin plans to share details from his new book, Pops: Learning to Be a Son and a Father, which is scheduled for release on June 15. It's a deeply personal exploration of fatherhood, addiction and resiliency.

Growing up in Columbia, South Carolina, 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.

To learn more about Melvin or Pops: Learning to Be a Son and a Father, contact Emily Stoll at 803-587-3637 or

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