Literary honors for Skloot, Ebert

Author Rebecca Skloot and film critic Roger Ebert will be honored at the Oct. 20 Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner, the Chicago Public Library and Chicago Public Library Foundation announced Tuesday.

The Chicago Sun-Times' Ebert will be given the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, while Skloot will receive the 21st Century Award. The latter award recognizes a Chicago-area writer for recent noteworthy accomplishments.

"We sincerely believe that Rebecca Skloot's profound book, 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,' and her other wide-ranging writing in the sciences make her one of the more important writers working in Chicago today," said Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey

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