Arcadia University welcomes author Dan Torday on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Grey Towers Castle. Torday will hold a Q-and-A on his novella The Sensualist. The event is free and open to the public.
Torday is visiting assistant professor and director of the creative writing program at Bryn Mawr College. In addition to The Sensualist, which was published by Nouvella Books in spring 2012, his fiction, essays and criticism have appeared in Esquire Magazine, Five Chapters, Fifty-Two Stories, Harvard Review, Glimmer Train, The Kenyon Review, and The New York Times.
A former editor at Esquire, Torday serves as a book review editor at The Kenyon Review. He is a member of the editorial board of Literary Imagination, and a consulting editor at Hunger Mountain. Torday earned a B.A. from Kenyon College and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University, where he taught literature and writing.
Interviewer Andrew Ervin of Fwriction writes, “Daniel Torday’s startling and carefully crafted debut, a novella titled The Sensualist (Nouvella Books), is the first-person account of Samuel Gerson, a teenager living with his parents in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood in the Baltimore suburb of Pikesville during the early-1990s. The coming-of-age story focuses on Samuel’s relationship with a recent Russian émigré Dmitri and, to a smaller extent, with Dmitri’s sister Yelizaveta. Dmitri models himself as a Dostoyevskian anti-hero and the spirit of the Russian master lingers in the margins of every page.”
Weston Cutter, a reviewer for the Kenyon Review, wrote of The Sensualist: “The book’s a phenomenal read, sucking the reader in with what comes off as sucking the reader in with what comes off as such a casual confidence that this reader, at least, was sort of shoved back in amazement for the first thirty plus pages: like the best of Elizabeth Hay or Dan Chaon, Torday’s book’s got such an organic momentum you find yourself needing to do other things but continually telling yourself, just one more page, just one more page.”