Do you believe a picture is worth a thousand words? Marybelle does. She keeps a photo album titled Marybelle's Book of Life and Death, detailing her loved one's first and last breaths, as a way to keep a record of her family while she works abroad for the Chows, moving from the Philippines to Hong Kong to Boston. In this year's One City One Story selection, "The Book of Life and Death," author Grace Talusan explores themes of belonging, education, family, and migration. Pick up your story at one of our distribution locations (or download a copy from our website). Then join us for a discussion of the story with its author and other readers, facilitated by Alicia Anstead, associate director for programming at Harvard’s Office for the Arts.
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Grace Talusan is an author and writing teacher. She has published essays, longform journalism, fiction, and book reviews in Boston Magazine, the Boston Globe, The Rumpus, and many others. She is the recipient of a US Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her debut work, The Body Papers, a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, among its other accolades, has been called by Booklist “a potent memoir remarkably devoid of self-pity, replete with fortitude and grace.” Talusan's short story "The Book of Life and Death" is the 2020 Boston Book Festival One City One Story selection. Currently, Talusan is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University.
Alicia Anstead is the associate director for programming at the Office for the Arts at Harvard University and editor-in-chief/co-founder of the Harvard Arts Blog. She is also editor-in-chief of Inside Arts, the magazine for the Association of Performing Arts Professionals in Washington, D.C. and a journalism instructor at Harvard University Extension School. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Scientific American, the Harvard Gazette, and Art New England.