2013 Read: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern will like to announce this years read, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. Skloot gracefully explains the book, “Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—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 her family can’t afford health insurance.”

We are proud to announce that on Wednesday, November 6th, Rebecca Skloot will be coming to the Icardo Center at California State University Bakersfield to speak about “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” This event will take place at 7 p.m. and is free to the public.

Many outstanding events will be taking place before the author visit, thanks to great sponsors such as The Kern County Library, California State University Bakersfield, Bakersfield City School District, Bakersfield College, Taft College, Kern Adult Literacy Council, Russo’s Books at The Marketplace, Friends of the Kern County Library, Independence High School – KHSD, PG&E, and the list is currently growing.

For more updates regarding the events and this years read, follow One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern on Facebook.

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