Reading, as most of us picture it, is a one-on-one relationship between a person and a book. Local independent bookstore Buffalo Street Books wants to re-imagine reading as a community act. Now in its second year, its Ithaca is Books literary ambassador program highlights readers in the community and their favorite books.
This year, among the ambassadors chosen are Nia Nunn, associate professor in Ithaca College’s Department of Education, and Luca Maurer, the college’s director of LGBTQ Education, Outreach and Services.
As ambassadors, the selected individuals choose around five books that had an impact on their lives. As evidence for their love of reading, neither Maurer nor Nunn could limit their list to five books, choosing six instead. In both lists, identity is a major theme. Whether focused on gender, race, class, sexuality or the intersection of all four, their selected books have something to say about what it means to navigate oneself in the world.