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NIH ‘Big Read’ To Feature Author Yong

Author Ed Yong
Author Ed Yong

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

The event culminates Tuesday, June 5 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 from 1-2 p.m., when author and science journalist Yong will discuss his book with NIH director Dr. Francis Collins in an informal conversation. Afterward, there will be a meet-and-greet and book signing on the FAES Terrace from 2-3 p.m. followed by a reception for the author in the NIH Library from 3-4 p.m.

Before the final event in June, there will be a series of book discussions hosted by the NIH Library in May. Get started reading now through the NIH Library’s OverDrive platform ( Unlimited online access to both the eBook and the audiobook is available through July 2 for all NIH staff. Learn more on the NIH Big Read information page (, where you will find information on book discussions in May.

Individuals who need sign language interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate should contact the NIH Library information desk at (301) 496-1080 5 business days in advance and/or the Federal Relay, 1-800-877-8339.

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