Daniel Torday Wins National Jewish Book Award

Posted January 24th, 2013 at 5:01 pm.

thesensualist3dcover-257x300Bryn Mawr Director of Creative Writing Daniel Torday received the 2012 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. In addition to Torday, this year’s NJBA winners include Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel and The New Republic editor Franklin Foer.

The Sensualist depicts the increasingly complicated adolescence of Samuel Gerson, a Baltimore teenager, as he confronts family tragedy, intriguing new friendships, and the cultural complications that arise from both.

The award highlights the works of contemporary authors exploring Jewish themes. Previous Goldberg Prize awardees include Nathan Englander, Gary Shteyngart, and Lara Vapnyar.

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