We at the Boston Book Festival want to give another huge thanks to all those who submitted stories for 1C1S this year and let you know that it is time to announce the 1C1S winner for 2020!
We want to congratulate author Grace Talusan and her story “The Book of Life and Death” for being selected as our 10th citywide read.
09/02/2018 – Brockton, Mass. – AuthorGrace Talusan poses for a portrait on September 2, 2018 (Photo by Alonso Nichols)
Grace Talusan is the author of the memoir The Body Papers, a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, a Must-Read for the Massachusetts Book Awards, a Foreword INDIES Finalist, and winner of the 2017 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. Talusan was born in the Philippines and raised in New England. She graduated from Tufts University and the MFA Program in Writing at UC Irvine. Talusan is currently the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University.
We selected Grace’s story for the accessibility of its themes and its literary merit, both of which make it a perfect 1C1S story well suited to the Boston community. Grace’s potent and resonant themes of privilege, identity, and belonging will give our Boston readers the opportunity to discuss the notions of immigration, education, friendship, the Covid-19 pandemic, and so much more.
Even though we will be hosting the festival online this fall, we will still be printing copies of the story pamphlet to be found at locations around Boston. Be sure to continue to check in to this page and our social media to check on distribution locations and download the story (starting in September), browse potential discussion questions, and for updates on when we will be hosting Grace for an online town-hall discussion in October.
Questions? Email 1C1S@bostonbookfest.org.
With the selection of Grace Talusan’s story “The Book of Life and Death” and the influence of her Philippine heritage on the short story, for the first time this year, we are happy to be including a Tagalog translation (download below!) of our One City One Story selection.
We would like to personally thank the following people for donating funds to our project and for allowing us to make this a reality with the help of our Tagalog translator Kristoffer Brugada.
Boston Filipino American Book Club
Dr. Mary T. Lacanlale
Donna M. Peruzzi
Filipino Cultural School
Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA) / Manuel & Penelope Flores Prize Fund
Pinoy Republic Asian Store.
Rory dela Paz
And a big thank you to Grace Talusan for spearheading the donation process.