Tuesday, March 7, 2017
THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS IS LITHGOW LIBRARY’S CHOICE FOR A CAPITAL READ 2017
Author Rebecca Skloot uncovers the mystery of Henrietta Lacks, a poor black tobacco farmer known to scientists as HeLa. Her cells were taken without her knowledge in 1951. Skloot vividly recounts how HeLa became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and today her family can’t afford health insurance.
Winner of several awards, including the 2010 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, the 2010 Wellcome Trust Book Prize, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Award for Excellence in Science Writing, the 2011 Audie Award for Best Non-Fiction Audiobook, and a Medical Journalists’ Association Open Book Award, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was featured on over 60 critics’ best of the year lists.
Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30 pm: Kate McBrien and Joanna Torow, “Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives.”
Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30 pm: Gregory Fahy, Ph.D., “Exploring Bioethics: Consent, Ownership, and Medical Research.”
Wednesday, April 19 at 6:30 pm: Book Discussion led by staff.
Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 pm: “A Conversation with the Lacks Family.”
A Capital Read is sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank and the Friends of Lithgow Library, in partnership with the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, Barnes and Noble, and the Augusta Civic Center.
Copies of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will be available at Lithgow Library, Bangor Savings Bank Augusta locations, and The Holocaust and Human Rights Center at UMA, while supplies last.
All events for A Capital Read 2017 are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lithgow Library at 626-2415 or visit lithgow.lib.me.us.