As reported in Publisher’s Weekly, Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Torday “sold his debut novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West, to Hilary Rubin Teeman at St. Martin’s Press. Rubin bought North American rights from agent Brettne Bloom at Kneerim, Williams & Bloom. The novel, set in the 1980s, is about a Jewish teenager growing up in Boston and his relationship with his uncle, a WWII hero and nonfiction author.”
Torday also recently wrote a few guest entries for the Jewish Book Council’s “The Prosen People” blog. Topics included “The Jews and the Novella,” “The Complication of the Jewish Writer Question,” and “Writing the Tradition.”
In 2012, Torday received the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Goldberg Prize for Outstanding Debut Fiction for his novella, The Sensualist. The Goldberg Prize is one of several awards given as part of the National Jewish Book Awards.
Torday’s 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.