On April 12th, New York Times best-selling author, Rebecca Skloot  will transport us into the world of science, cells and sleuthing  at the spectacular new Marriott Marquis in Downtown Houston. Join our community of philanthropists, library advocates, and bibliophiles as we go Beyond the Page to spark connection with issues that impact our existence.

“HeLa” cells contributed to the development of the Polio vaccine, treatments for cancers and viruses, and the impact of space travel on human cells. The use of HeLa cells sparked awareness of bioethics, yet few individuals know anything about the woman behind the cells — Henrietta Lacks.

 Your generous sponsorship of the Beyond the Page Luncheon raises awareness of issues that transcend the written word and go beyond the page to make a positive impact on society. 

Underwriter Levels

Benefactor levels at or above $5,000 receive VIP access to the personal meet and greet before the luncheon and will receive a signed copy of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Purchase a Table or a Ticket

Your generous sponsorship of the luncheon raises awareness of issues that transcend the written word and make a positive impact on society.

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For questions about the luncheon or the Houston Public Library Foundation please email Marketing and Events Director, Rose Hinojosa.

Beyond the Page Underwriters

Publisher Presenting Sponsor



Sheila and Tad Mayfield

Neil and Kris Thomas