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'Henrietta Lacks' Scribe Rebecca Skloot Reading at UCLA Live Tomorrow Night

Skloot (Photo by Manda Townsend)
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Tuesday, award-winning author Rebecca Skloot will read from her New York Times best-selling book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks at UCLA Live’s Royce Hall. The critically-acclaimed nonfiction book has been heralded for its intricate research and gripping story. The book tells the true tale of an impoverished young tobacco farmer who has her cells taken from her—without her knowledge—in 1951. The story takes various controversial subjects to task, from race, morality, poverty, bioethics, in vitro fertilization, and more. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was chosen as a ‘best book’ of 2010 by Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine, and 60 different media outlets. Immortal Life is currently being made into an HBO movie produced by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball.

Rebecca Skloot is a renowned science writer and the co-editor of The Best American Science Writing 2011. Her work has appeared in Discover, The New York Times Magazine, and O Magazine and she has been a correspondent for PBS’s Nova ScienceNow and NPR’s RadioLab. Skloot’s latest work was UCLA’s 3rd annual UCLA 'Common Book,' which is a title given to incoming UCLA freshman to spark community discussion and intellectual debate on campus.

Tomorrow night, UCLA students and the general public can hear Rebecca Skloot discuss her sensational book at Royce Hall and learn more about the astonishing true story of Henrietta Lacks.

For more information about the event, please visit the UCLA Live website. For more information about Rebecca Skloot, please visit the author's website.

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Rebecca Skloot @ UCLA Live
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 @ UCLA/Royce Hall
8pm. Tickets are free for UCLA students with valid ID and $20 for the general public.

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