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Inaugural ‘NIH Big Read’ to feature Indian American Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee

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Mukherjee’s “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize.

Siddhartha Mukherjee (Courtesy of twitter)

The inaugural “NIH Big Read 2017” that is scheduled through March and April will discuss “The Gene: An Intimate History” written by Indian American Pulitzer Prize winning author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee.

The National Institute of Health Library (NIH) in association with the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) announced the new program by the name “NIH Big Read” that will feature a series of discussions about a single book.

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The “NIH Big Read” is aimed at discussing books with colleagues and NIH Librarians during a series of discussion sessions.

Mukherjee tweeted: “Just announced: The NIH will launch its institute-wide reading program w/ THE GENE, and Ken Burns will make the film”.

The final session of the discussion will have Mukherjee himself attending and taking questions that came up during the sessions held earlier.

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Mukherjee’s “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.

Mukherjee was among the six authors shortlisted for this year’s Welcome Book Prize. He is an assistant professor of medicine at New York’s Columbia University, was nominated previously for “The Emperor of All Maladies” in 2011.