Author Rebecca Skloot Brings ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ to DPL

Cover ImageThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was named one of the best books of 2010 by many critics including NLR, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, and The New York Times. With the release of her book last year, author Rebecca Skloot stunned readers with her non-fiction work, and for many, introduced Henrietta Lacks and her miraculous contribution to science for the very first time.

Science writer Rebecca Skloot found herself navigating foreign fields when she decided to seek out the story behind the cells that revolutionized modern medicine. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is the result of Skloot’s unending patience in her search for scientific truth, and the hard-won affection of the family behind the legendary HeLa cells (link here to NLR’s full review).

On Saturday, March 26th at 2:00 p.m., author Rebecca Skloot will be appearing at the Detroit Public Library as part of the DPL’s 2011 One Book, One Community program. “The book is guaranteed to spark lively conversation about medical ethics, informed consent, poverty, illiteracy, family relationships and health care in America,” states the DPL site.

The DPL event will take place at the library’s Main Branch location where both a reading and discussion will be held. Copies of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks are available at any DPL location and the event is free and open to the public. As always, call first to confirm the date and time. Additional information is available at 313-481-1400.

-Link here to video and special features on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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-Post by Megan Shaffer

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