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The NIH Big Read: Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee and “The Gene: An Intimate History”

The NIH Library and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) are pleased to present, “The NIH Big Read.” This new program will feature a series of book discussions about a single book, held at NIH in March and April, and will culminate in a special final event featuring the author of the book on April 17. The 2017 inaugural NIH Big Read book will be, “The Gene: An Intimate History” (2016) by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” (2010).

The NIH Big Read program kicks off with an opportunity to discuss the book with your colleagues and NIH Librarians at one of our three book discussion events (see dates and times below). Institute and Center staff are also encouraged to schedule and hold separate book discussions. To help, the NIH Library is offering two sessions on how to set up and run an independent book discussion.

The NIH Big Read will conclude with an event featuring the author, Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, on April 17, in Masur Auditorium (Building 10), 2:00–3:00 p.m. A Meet and Greet with Dr. Mukherjee on the FAES Terrace will follow the presentation.

In anticipation of high interest in the April 17 program featuring Dr. Mukherjee, book discussion participants will have priority access to seating for the event in Masur Auditorium. Each Discussion group will also have an opportunity to influence the program by crafting and submitting a question to be incorporated into the final event.

Look for more information about The NIH Big Read as the individual events draw closer; but mark your calendar now for the event in April, and sign up for a book discussion group using the links below.​

Book Discussions: Talk about the book with your colleagues and NIH Librarians (sign up below)
NIH Library Training Room, Building 10

Book Discussion Training Sessions: Learn how to lead your own discussion (sign up below)
NIH Library Training Room, Building 10

The NIH Big Read Event featuring Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee – “The Gene: An Intimate History”
Masur Auditorium, Building 10, NIH Main Campus
Monday, April 17, 2:00–3:00 p.m. 

For more information about The NIH Big Read, please contact the NIH Library at 301-496-1080 or e-mail nihlibrary@nih.gov.
The NIH Big Read was inspired by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read program.​ 

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