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Grace Talusan’s Memoir Body Papers

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Orange, California 92866

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Grace Talusan is a graduate of the MFA Programs in Writing at the University of California, Irvine. Her forthcoming memoir, The Body Papers, won the 2017 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. In their citation, the judges praised the Talusan for turning “an unflinching eye on the most delicate and fraught contours of her own life as an immigrant and survivor of trauma and illness.”




Illuminations: UCI Reading Group is a collaboration between the University of California, Irvine and 1888. The reading group meets to marvel at the inner-workings of fiction and poetry. Everyone is welcome: No previous experience or training required. Although it’s great if you’ve read the book beforehand, it’s not required, because we’ll always begin by reading a passage aloud together. We’ll then work through some of the writing’s mechanical elements—sometimes called “craft”—to get a better sense of what makes the story speak to us. Hosted by Sam Richardson and Sunny Nagra.

Reading Group is led by writers from the MFA Programs in Writing at the University of California, Irvine. The discussions coincide with the UCI Illuminations Authors Series, giving participants a chance to familiarize themselves with the work of visiting writers at UCI.

Rebecca Sacks is a prose writer currently in the MFA Programs in Writing at UCI. Previously, she worked as a freelance journalist and editor, living in Tel Aviv, and before that, in New York. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Vanity Fair, Departures, and The Millions.

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