Arcadia University Welcomes Author Dan Torday, Author of The Sensualist

Glenside, Pa.—November 6, 2012—Arcadia University welcomes author Dan Torday on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m., at Arcadia University’s Grey Towers Castle Rose Room. Torday will hold a Q-and-A on his short novel The Sensualist. The event is free and open to the public. Arcadia University is located at 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, Pa.

Torday is a Visiting Assistant Professor, and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Bryn Mawr College. In addition toThe Sensualist, which was published by Nouvella Books in spring 2012, his fiction, essays and criticism have appeared inEsquire Magazine, Five ChaptersFifty-Two StoriesHarvard Review, Glimmer TrainThe Kenyon Reviewand 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.”

About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2011 Open Doors report ranks Arcadia University a top leader in the nation in undergraduate study abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North and as one of the top study abroad programs. U.S. News also ranks Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program among the top 15 in the nation. Arcadia’s Physician Assistant students score in the elite 4th percentile on national boards. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and lead in a diverse and dynamic world. (www.arcadia.edu)

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