By Robbie Ward/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – From helping care for his famous father struggling with Alzheimer’s disease until his death and now leading a nonprofit to help children in poverty, Mark K. Shriver will discuss his memoir tonight at the Lee County Library.
Part of the 2013 Helen Foster Lecture series at the library, Shriver will discuss personal lessons that he learned about his father, Sargent Shriver, who died in January 2011 after struggling with Alzheimer’s. The memoir, “A Good Man – Rediscovering my father, Sargent Shriver,” shares the personal side of Sargent Shriver’s life, researched and told through his son’s perspective.
“He talks about his relationship with his dad,” said Jeff Tomlinson, director of the Lee-Itawamba Library System. “It’s a very personal look at his life.”
Sargent Shriver, brother-in-law to President John F. Kennedy, was a key supporter of the Peace Corps and domestic social programs. He was the 1972 Democratic candidate for vice president.
Mark Shriver leads U.S. programs for the nonprofit organization Save the Children. His New York Times and Washington Post best-selling book was published in June 2012 by Henry Holt.
Library doors will open at 6 p.m., and Shriver will speak at 7 p.m. through the library’s endowment fund for the series. The talk is free and open to the public.
A reception and book signing will follow his lecture. Books will be available for purchase for $24.