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'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' author Rebecca Skloot speaks at Fayetteville Public Library Oct. 21 | Community Announcement

Ozarks Unbound - The Fayetteville Public Library will host best-selling author Rebecca Skloot at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21.

Skloot is the author of The New York Times best-seller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which is being read throughout the area, including the University of Arkansas campus, as part of Northwest Arkansas’ Community Read.

Skloot’s talk will be in the library’s Walker Community Room.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is the true story of a poor southern tobacco farmer whose cells were taken without her consent to use for research purposes while she was being treated for cancer in the 1950s.

The cells, named HeLa, became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital to developing the polio vaccine, uncovering the secrets of cancer and the effects of the atom bomb. The HeLa cells, the first ‘immortal’ human cells grown in culture, are still alive today – 60 years after Henrietta’s death.

Skloot’s talk is free and open to the public.

Barnes and Noble will sell copies of Skloot’s book, and she will sign copies following her talk.

The event is sponsored by Fayetteville Public Library, University of Arkansas’ Academic Success, the Bernice Jones Chair in Community and the Brown Chair in English Literacy, both at the UA’s Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.
Source : Originally Published Ozarks Unbound, Oct 13, 2010
Celebrities : Rebecca Skloot
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Posted 10/13/2010 10:10:35 AM | Permalink
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