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How Rebecca Skloot Built The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, has been interviewed a multitude of times on the story behind the book, but The OPEN Notebook chose instead to focus on these two interesting topics: the structure of the story, and Skloot’s decision to put herself in the book.

Skloot, who received her MFA in nonfiction at the University of Pittsburgh, is certainly no stranger to structuring stories, and can in fact, become quite obsessed with it.

“My philosophy is,” Skloot tells The OPEN Notebook, “once you understand what structure is, then you can talk about characters and narrative arcs and how to fill in the story. But for me, structure can just completely make or break something.”

To read the full article, including Skloot’s own personal photos of her impressive color-coded index card collection made while organizing the story, click here.

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Transylvania University Selects The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks as their FYE 2011 Pick!

Transylvania University in Lexington, KY has selected Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for their First Year Reading Program pick in 2011. Dr. Kathleen S. Jagger, Associate Vice-President & Associate Dean of the university says The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks “was the unanimous choice and we look forward to discussions across campus of many of the issues Skloot raises in her book.”

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks chronicles the life of the woman who changed science when her cells (taken without her knowledge) began to be used in medical research. The book has become a sensation across many campuses and has been selected for Common Reading at more than 100 colleges, universities, and “One Book, One City” Reads.  Colleges that have picked the book include: Continue reading

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Rebecca Skloot Shares Inspiration Behind The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Author Rebecca Skloot sits down to discuss the inspiration, impact, and process that went into The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

This new book trailer serves as a sneak peak into what we have to look forward to at next weekend’s First Year Experience Conference in Atlanta, GA where Rebecca Skloot is a featured speaker.

The paperback edition of the book releases on March 8, 2011.

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St. Bonaventure students love The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Students at St. Bonaventure University could barely contain their excitement while attending a book signing featuring Rebecca Skloot, author of the university’s “All Bonaventure Reads” 2010 selection The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The book signing was one part of a campus-wide event held on Sept. 29th, which included a free public lecture and small group discussions with St. Bonaventure students.

St. Bonaventure Freshman Elizabeth Johnson loves THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

St. Bonaventure Freshman Kayla Cronin shows off her Rebecca Skloot autograph

Elizabeth Johnson, Kayla Cronin, and Brooke Huebner pose after the book signing

St. Bonaventure Freshmen with author Rebecca Skloot

See a photo of Henrietta Lacks’s visit to St. Bonaventure!

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Dayton, Ohio to delve into The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks!

Community members of Dayton, Ohio will soon be delving into the New York Times bestseller and new common reading favorite, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. The book, which chronicles the life of the woman who changed science when her cells (taken without her knowledge) began to be used in medical research, has been chosen as the Dayton Metro Library’s Big Read for 2011. The selection was announced following an online vote in which residents of the city could choose between one of three books.

Read more about the Dayton Metro Library’s Big Read selection here.

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Murray State talks Thomas Mullen’s The Last Town on Earth

CommonReads previously brought you the news Murray State University selected Thomas Mullen’s The Last Town on Earth for it’s Freshman Reading Experience program. Mr. Mullen recently spoke to students at the university and has received wonderful accolades from Ted Brown, Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts:

We could not have asked for a better presenter than Mr. Mullen.  He gave of himself, his knowledge, and his time freely to both our students and our faculty, charming and enlightening each one of the many groups with which he came in contact during his two days with us.  He was both eloquent and personable in talking with our students, showing genuine interest in them and in their ideas.  Students and faculty alike loved his book from the outset, but they appreciated it even more after being able to frame it in the context of his impressive personal presence.  There are great authors and there are great presenters, but they are all too rarely found in the same person:  Thomas Mullen is one of those precious few, and I recommend him most highly.

For more information on bringing Thomas Mullen or other Random House, Inc. authors to your campus contact rhacademic@randomhouse.com.

View video of Thomas Mullen speaking at the Random House, Inc. Author Luncheon during the 2010 First-Year Experience conference here.

Visit Murray State University’s Freshman Reading Experience webpage here.

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St. Bonaventure Freshmen Begin the New School Year with Henrietta Lacks

The folks at St. Bonaventure University have done some amazing programming in support of their common reading selection of Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  Ms. Jean Trevarton Ehman, Director, Teaching and Learning Center, St. Bonaventure University writes in to say:

We are enjoying enthusiastic responses to our All Bonaventure Reads selection of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  Our 500 freshmen were given copies of the book at Summer Orientation and are to submit a short “Henrietta” reaction to our Provost by August 30; early returns are impressive.  In addition, Henrietta – in cardboard cutout form – attended Orientation and is on deck for sundry Fall semester appearances, including Rebecca Skloot’s Sept. 29 address; the attached shows Henrietta in Orientation mode with four new friends.

St. Bonaventure University students pose with cut-out of Henrietta Lacks

To visit All Bonaventure Reads’ website, click here.

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