Stephen Kuusisto and Sigrid Nunez read in Ithaca March 31


Join us at Buffalo Street Books for a reading with Saltonstall alums Stephen Kuusisto (’15) and Sigrid Nunez (’16) on Saturday, March 31 at 4:00pm. The reading is free and open to all. Join and share the Facebook event here.


HAVE DOG WILL TRAVELSteve’s most recent book, the memoir Have Dog, Will Travel, was published in March by Simon & Schuster.


From the publisher: “In this vivid and lyrical memoir, Stephen Kuusisto recounts how an incredible partnership with a guide dog changed his life and the heart-stopping, wondrous adventure that began for him in midlife. Profound and deeply moving, this is a spiritual journey, the story of discovering that life with a guide dog is both a method and a state of mind.”


Read a wonderful Q&A with Steve published in The Bark this month.


The Friend by Sigrid Nunez - High ResSigrid’s new novel, The Friend — a moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog” — was published in February by Penguin Random House.


A recent review on NPR describes the book as “a penetrating, moving meditation on loss, comfort, memory, what it means to be a writer today, and various forms of love and friendship… Nunez has a wry, withering wit.”


This dog-loving reading will also feature some special, furry guests: guide-dogs-in-training from the Finger Lakes Chapter of Guiding Eyes for the Blind.


Author bios:


Stephen Kuusisto is the author of the memoirs Have Dog, Will Travel; Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”); and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and of the poetry collections Only Bread, Only Light and Letters to Borges. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Ohio State University. He currently teaches at Syracuse University where he holds a professorship in the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies. He is a frequent speaker in the US and abroad. His website is


Sigrid Nunez is the author of the novels Salvation CityThe Last of Her Kind, A Feather on the Breath of God, and For Rouenna, among others. She has been the recipient of several awards including a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Rome Prize in Literature, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship. She lives in New York City.




Buffalo Street Books is located at 215 N. Cayuga Street (the Dewitt Mall) in downtown Ithaca. There are two accessible, barrier-free entrances to the store: one from inside Dewitt Mall, and one from outside on Buffalo Street, next to the GreenStar Oasis grocery store, directly across the street from Dewitt Park. On-street parking in Ithaca is free on the weekends.