Ethics, medicine and race relations are at the heart of Cuesta College’s Book of the Year selection for 2017.
The nonfiction narrative details the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks, a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells — taken without her knowledge or permission in 1951 — have led to remarkable medical discoveries.
The award-winning book spent 75 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.
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The program officially kicks off with a fundraiser reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at Old San Luis BBQ Co. in San Luis Obispo. Also in store are workshops, book discussions and more.
Book of the Year festivities conclude with a presentation and book signing on April 12 at Cuesta’s Cultural and Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo, featuring two members of the Lacks family. Tickets are $5, and go on sale in February.
The family members’ visit will put “a personal face to big issues such as the dark history of experimentation on African-Americans, the birth of bioethics and the legal battles over informed consent,” Carina Love, Cuesta librarian and Book of the Year Committee chairwoman, said in a news release.
For more information, visit www.cuesta.edu/library/book.