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The NIH Big Read 2018 featuring Ed Yong - I Contain Multitudes

Book Discussions: April 24 - May 22, 2018

Special Presentation: June 5, 2018

The NIH Library and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) are pleased to announce the NIH Big Read 2018 featuring I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong. This book, published in 2016, examines the world of the microbes that exist within and around us in a fascinating tour that takes us through their history, and illuminates the impact they have on our daily lives.

Join us on Tuesday, June 5 when author and science journalist Ed Yong visits NIH to discuss his book with NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins in an informal conversation. This event will be videocast live. The program will be held in Masur Auditorium, Building 10, from 1:00–2:00 p.m. After the formal program ends, there will be a Meet and Greet and book signing with Mr. Yong on the FAES Terrace in Building 10 from 2:00–3:00 p.m. followed by a reception for the author in the NIH Library from 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Before the final event in June, we invite you to discuss the book with your NIH colleagues in a series of book discussions hosted by the NIH Library in April and May. Additionally, Institute and Center staff are encouraged to schedule and hold separate book discussions. The NIH Library is offering two sessions on how to set up and run an independent book discussion to help you get started. See below for links to sign up for the Book Discussions and the Training Sessions. 

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