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SUNY Canton Living Writers Series to Host Widely Acclaimed 
Author Daniel Torday April 30

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Daniel TordayAn author who is generating literary buzz with his recently published book will visit SUNY Canton for the final installment of the spring semester’s Living Writers Series.

Daniel Torday will read excerpts from “The Last Flight of Poxl West” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

“The Last Flight of Poxl West” quickly garnered critical acclaim upon its release in March, and Torday recently appeared on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross. The book continues to earn glowing reviews, including Amazon’s designation as one of the 10 best books of March, as well as a prestigious spot on the cover of The New York Times Sunday Book Review.

The novel tells the story of Poxl West, a supposed World War II hero, and his nephew, Eli Goldstein. When Eli begins to delve into his uncle’s memoires, he discovers Poxl may not be the man he once thought him to be.

Torday’s literary peers have praised the novel, including award-winning author George Saunders, who called it “a wonderful accomplishment of storytelling verve: tender, lyrical, surprising, full of beautifully rendered details.”

“‘The Last Flight of Poxl West’ beautifully explores Jewish identity of past and present, the pitfalls of contemporary heroism and celebrity, and the nature of storytelling,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English and series creator Phil K. LaMarche. “We are lucky to have Mr. Torday on our campus, and this event is not to be missed.”

This is Torday’s second Living Writers Series appearance. He previously visited the college in 2012 after his novella, “The Sensualist,” was published. His stories and essays have appeared in Esquire Magazine, Glimmer Train, Harper Perennial’s Fifty-Two Stories, the Harvard Review and the Kenyon Review. Torday is currently the director of creative writing at Bryn Mawr College.

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Author Daniel Torday to Speak at SUNY Canton Oct. 17

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Daniel TordaySUNY Canton will host author and Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College Daniel Torday as part of its Living Writers Series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the College’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Torday will be reading from his latest novella, “The Sensualist,” which was published this spring. He will also answer questions about his writing and be available for book signings.

“We are thrilled to welcome Daniel Torday to SUNY Canton as part of our ongoing Living Writers Course created by Assistant Professor Phil LaMarche,” said School of Business and Liberal Arts Interim Dean Maureen P. Maiocco. “These events allow our students to meet and hear from some of the most talented writers today.”

Torday’s fiction and nonfiction works have appeared in Esquire Magazine, Glimmer Train, Harper Perennial’s Fifty-Two Stories, the Harvard Review and the Kenyon Review.

LaMarche described Torday’s writing as “A window into the world of his characters, but also a mirror, reflecting our own lives and the culture we inhabit.”

The Sensualist: A Novella by Daniel Torday“The Sensualist” tells the tale of 17-year-old Samuel Gerson, who is ready to rid himself of the tight-knit Jewish community in which he’s spent his whole life. But when he befriends enigmatic Dmitri Zilber, a recent Russian Jewish immigrant who is obsessed with the works of Dostoevsky, Samuel’s world begins to shift. As his life increasingly entangles with that of Dmitri and his beautiful sister Yelizaveta, it sets in motion a series of events that culminates in a disturbing act of violence.

Fall 2012 is the first semester that the Living Writers Course has been offered. Students enrolled in the class read the books by authors scheduled to visit the College. Best-selling author Mary Karr visited the College in September, and the next presenter will be Adam Levin, author of “The Instructions,” on Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

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