Dr. Azra Raza: The First Cell

Sunday, June 27, 2021 - 5:30pm

You are invited to join Darien residents Evan and Jim Clark at their home on Sunday, June 27 to meet Dr. Azra Raza, Chan Soon-Shiong Professor of Medicine and Director of the MDS (Myelodisplastic Syndromes) Center at Columbia University. Dr. Raza will discuss her revolutionary, life-saving research and groundbreaking book, The First Cell and the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last.

Dr. Fawzia Afzal-Khan will join Dr. Raza for what is sure to be an engaging and eye-opening conversation about the current landscape of cancer research, including prevention, early detection, and treatment.

This event will be held at the home of Evan and Jim Clark

5 South Trail

Darien, CT 06820

Kindly RSVP by e-mailing Barrett Bookstore at eventsbarrettbooks@gmail.com

Questions can be directed to 203-554-9700

About The First Cell

In The First Cell, Azra Raza offers a searing account of how both medicine and our society (mis)treats cancer, how we can do better, and why we must. A lyrical journey from hope to despair and back again, The First Cell explores cancer from every angle: medical, scientific, cultural, and personal. Indeed, Raza describes how she bore the terrible burden of being her own husband's oncologist as he succumbed to leukemia. Like When Breath Becomes AirThe First Cell is no ordinary book of medicine, but a book of wisdom and grace by an author who has devoted her life to making the unbearable easier to bear.

"Azra Raza is famed as a titan in the field of oncology. Perhaps less well-known is that she is a sensitive and passionate writer as well. In The First Cell she combines the scientific and the human, medicine and the arts, to give us a unique view into something that touches all of our lives -- offering us reasons for hope, and reasons also for sorrow."—Mohsin Hamid, authorof The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Exit West

"An elegantly conceived, powerfully written, and far-reaching book that will change the conversation around cancer for decades to come."—Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies

About the Author

Dr. Azra Raza is the Chan Soon-Shiong Professor of Medicine and Director of the MDS Center at Columbia University. A practicing oncologist seeing 30-40 cancer patients weekly, she also directs a basic cancer research lab with hundreds of original publications in high profile journals. She worked with President Clinton designing Breakthrough Developments in Science and Technology and with VP Joe Biden for the Cancer Moonshot initiative. Her latest book, THE FIRST CELL: And the human costs of pursuing cancer to the last was published in October 2019. Her life is devoted to early detection and prevention of cancer.

About Dr. Fawzia Afzal-Khan

Dr. Fawzia Afzal-Khan is Professor of English at Montclair State University, and a University Distinguished Scholar. She has published several books of scholarly criticism. Afzal-Khan is a trained vocalist in North Indian Classical music, a published playwright and poet and she has worked as an actor. Her one-woman show Scheherezade Goes West has been performed most recently at the Smithsonian Institute of Washington DC as well as at the James Stewart Theatre, Princeton University. She is Creative Director and Producer on a documentary film about Pakistani Women Singers, entitled Siren Song. She is a recent Fulbright-Hays Fellowship awardee. She is also a cancer survivor and expressed solidarity with breast cancer victims through her one woman performance “Bold/Bald and Beautiful” at the invitation of Eve Ensler, with later iterations performed in the US and abroad. 

The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last Cover Image
ISBN: 9781541699519
Published: Basic Books - December 1st, 2020

Event address: 
5 South Trail
Darien, CT 06820-4127