DETROIT (WWJ) – The author of the New York Times Bestseller, “The Immoral Life of Henrietta Lacks,” will be speaking at a special event in the Detroit Public Library on Saturday at 2 pm.

Rebecca Skloot will be discussing her epic novel about Henrietta Lacks, the forgotten African-American woman behind one of the most important tools in modern medicine – the HeLa cells.

Skloot’s book was chosen as the 2010 New York Times Notable Book and selected as one of the National Public Radio’s Best Conversation Starters of 2010.

Skloot has been featured on numerous television shows, including CBS Sunday Morning, The Colbert Report and Fox Business News. She has also been featured in several national publications including The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, People and many more.

Skloot was named a Barnes and Nobel Discover Great New Writers Pick for Spring 2010, and was awarded the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction.

Skloot will conclude the community-wide “One Book, One Community”  reading program. The public is invited to attend this free event. The Detroit Public Library is located at 5201 Woodward Avenue. For more information, click here.


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