Library to Host Book Discussion Series on 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks'

Free copies of Rebecca Skloot’s award-winning nonfiction book will be available to the first 20 attendees of the discussions.

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

WHAT:   Texas Tech University Libraries will host a book discussion series about “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. The discussion is a part of a series of group book reads sponsored by the Humanities Center at Texas Tech and the University Libraries.

WHEN: 7 - 9 p.m. March 20 and 27 and April 3

WHERE: Room 309, University Library

EVENT: “Immortal Life” is a non-fiction book about an African-American woman, Henrietta Lacks, whose cervical cancer cells, known as HeLa cells, became “immortal.” Although Lacks died in 1951, her cells live on and are used today in biomedical research.

In 2011, the book won the National Academies Communication Award for best creative work that promoted public understanding of topics in science, engineering or medicine. The book is notable for dealing with ethical issues of race and class in medical research and has been named best book of the year in 2010 by more than 60 media outlets.

Those interested in participating in the discussion can contact librarian Jack Becker to reserve a spot and copy of the book.

For more information about the book discussion series, visit the reading group’s website.

CONTACT: Jack Becker, librarian, Texas Tech University Libraries, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-1615 or j


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