P&P Live! Craig Melvin — Pops - in conversation with Jon Meacham

Upcoming Event
Saturday, June 19, 2021 - 1:00pm


This event will stream online as a part of our P&P Live! Series

For Craig Melvin, this book is more an investigation than a memoir. It's an opportunity to better understand his father; to interrogate his family's legacy of addiction and despair but also transformation and redemption; and to explore the challenges facing all dads—including Craig himself, a father of two young children.

Growing up in Columbia, South Carolina, Craig had a fraught relationship with his father. Lawrence Melvin was a distant, often absent parent due to his drinking as well as his job working the graveyard shift at a postal facility. Watching sports and tinkering on Lawrence's beloved (but unreliable) 1973 Pontiac LeMans were two ways father and son connected, but as Lawrence's drinking spiraled out of control, their bond was stretched to the breaking point. Fortunately, Craig had a loving, fiercely protective mother who held the family together. He also had a series of surrogate father figures in his life—uncles, teachers, workplace mentors—who by their examples helped him figure out the kind of person and father he wanted to be.

Pops is the story of all these men—and of the inspiring fathers Craig has met reporting his "Dads Got This Series" on the Today show. Pops is also the story of Craig and Lawrence Melvin's long journey to reconciliation and understanding, and of how all these experiences and encounters have informed Craig's understanding of his own role as a dad.

Craig Melvin is an award-winning news anchor on NBC News’ TODAY, a co-host of 3rd Hour TODAY, an anchor on MSNBC Live, and a host of Dateline. His breaking news coverage and reporting appears across all NBC News and MSNBC platforms.

Melvin will be in conversation with Jon Meacham, a renowned presidential historian, contributing writer to The New York Times Book Review, contributing editor at TIME, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

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Washington, DC 20008
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ISBN: 9780063071995
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Published: William Morrow - June 15th, 2021

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