Rebecca Skloot, author of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," will appear at Northeastern Illinois University, 7 p.m., Oct. 29, as part of the school's Presidential Lecture Series. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Skloot, an award-winning science writer, shot to fame with "The Immortal Life Henrietta Lacks," which took a decade to research and has held a spot on the bestseller list for three years. The book, Skloot's debut, tells the story of a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells were taken without her permission and used to develop medical breakthroughs in everything from gene mapping to in vitro fertilization.

Skloot will speak in the university's auditorium. Click here for a map.