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FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington’s celebrated Visiting Writers Series presents award-winning writer Grace Talusan as the popular program’s fifth reader of the season. Talusan will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 10 in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center.

The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing with the author. Reservations are required and guests must adhere to the University’s Covid safe practices, including wearing a mask at all times while inside campus buildings and social distancing when possible. Reservations can be made at:

Talusan’s lauded memoir “The Body Paper” is a powerful and deeply moving exploration of Talusan’s life as a Filipino immigrant, a survivor of cancer and childhood abuse. “The Body Papers” is a Massachusetts Book Award winner in nonfiction and won the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. In addition, it was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection.

Talusan holds a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. She is currently the Fannie Hurst Writer in Residence at Brandeis University.

“The Body Papers” is available for at the UMF University Bookstore and at Devany, Doak, and Garret Booksellers and The Visiting Writer Series is sponsored by the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program.