Thursday, February 4, 2010

Rebecca Skloot: Here; There; Everywhere

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 3:22 PM

It's been 10 years in the making, but Rebecca Skloot, assistant professor in the creative writing department at the University of Memphis, is finally seeing The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Crown) in print.

It's the story of a woman who died in 1951, but it's her surviving cell line that has made her "immortal" and the source of endless — and history-making — medical research. Skloot's book brings that story for the first time to full light. Or haven't you heard?

The official publication date for the book was February 2nd, the date that Skloot was a guest on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. (Listen here.) Skloot was already featured, in a cover story, in a November 2009 edition of Publishers Weekly.

An excerpt from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is included in the February issue of O, the Oprah Magazine, and the book's spotlighted in the current issues of Wired and Popular Science.

For future references, according to an e-mail from the author, see Better Homes & Gardens, Discover, Essence, Huffington Post, Mother Jones, Nature, Science, Self, and Vogue. Watch too for reviews in The New York Times (for the time being, in the Times, go here) and Washington Post Book World.

But to keep up with Skloot on a day-to-day basis and while she's on a self-designed book tour through to June, go to the author's website. And to the author's blog. And to the author's Facebook page. And to the book's Facebook page.

And for extra added background to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and to Rebecca Skloot herself, go to Memphis magazine.


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