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Award for debut

Grace Talusan’s essay collection, “The Body Papers,’’ which examines her life as a Filipino immigrant and histories of trauma and abuse, illness, faith, and love, recently won the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. The annual award goes to a first-generation debut author and includes $10,000 and publication of the winning manuscript. Talusan lives outside Boston and teaches at Tufts and Grub Street, and “The Body Papers’’ will be published in the fall of 2018.