March 31, 2018
Stephen Kuusisto’s (’15) 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.
Sigrid Nunez’s (’16) 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.
October 1, 2017
Writer Lisa Ko (’10) returned to Ithaca’s Buffalo Street Books where she read excerpts from her critically acclaimed book The Leavers.
Lisa is a writer and editor living in New York City. Her fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, Apogee Journal, Narrative, Copper Nickel, Storychord, One Teen Story, Brooklyn Review, and elsewhere.
Portions of The Leavers were crafted during Lisa’s residency at Saltonstall. The Leavers was long-listed for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction.
June 29, 2016
Bob Proel (’13) launched his debut novel, A Hundred Thousand Worlds, on June 29th, 2016. Bob is an Ithaca writer, friend, and current Saltonstall board member. He completed the first draft of this highly acclaimed novel during his 2013 residency.
Bob has been doing a lot of traveling around the country to support the book, and he has upcoming readings scheduled in Brooklyn, Boston, MA, and in Buffalo, NY. Check his events page for additional announcements.
July 9 – October 2, 2016
Tanya Chaly (’14) will have a drawing from her suite, “Paradigms and Harbingers” on display at the Art Gallery of Ballarat in Australia. Out of 445 submissions received, Tanya’s drawing was one out of 65 to be selected and put on display as a nominee for the Rick Amor Drawing Prize.
The exhibition opening and award announcement will take place on July 8th at 6pm. The exhibition runs through October 2, 2016.
Tanya created the featured drawing of a toad during her summer residency at Saltonstall after finding a toad on patio of our main house, taking a picture of it, and sketching it in her studio.
Congratulations and good luck, Tanya!
June 18 – November 13, 2016
Three sculptures by Laura Kaufman (’15) are in an exhibition called CAMPSITE: Hudson Valley Artists 2016, which is on view from June 18th- November 13th, 2016 in the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz.
Laura began creating these embroidered, woven, and colored pieces during her residency at Saltonstall last summer.
In her latest newsletter she wrote, “While there I was surrounded by the dark, lush woods and looked for geometric patterns deep within them. Also while in Ithaca, I met Jamin Uticone, an incredible basket weaver in the Adirondack tradition whose work took my breath away. His baskets encouraged my impulse to weave with industrial felt.”
April 30, 2016
Jay Deshpande (’13), held a reading and book signing of his first full-length poetry collection, Love the Stranger (YesYes Books) on April 30, 2016 at Buffalo Street Books as a part of Ithaca’s Spring Writes Literary Festival.
Jay wrote key sections of Love the Stranger during his 2013 residency at Saltonstall, and returned to Ithaca to read sections of his collection, which was named one of the top debuts of 2015 by Poets & Writers.
April 11, 2016
“Whittling” by Samuel Guy (’15), pictured in the image above, far right, was painted during Sam’s residency last summer. We are so proud that this piece was selected to be part of the 75th Regional Juried Art Exhibition at the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira.
“Whittling” will be on view in the Museum’s West Building from April 15 – August 13, 2016 in the Museum’s Falck Gallery. The Arnot Art Museum is open Tuesdays – Fridays, 10 -5 pm and Saturdays 12 – 5 pm. The Museum is located at 235 Lake Street, Elmira, NY.