Creative Writing’s Daniel Torday Contributes to The Book of Men: Eighty Writers on How to be Man

Posted November 21st, 2013 at 10:37 am.

torday2012-680x1024-92x140Creative Writing Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Torday was among the writers asked to contribute to The Book of Men: Eighty Writers on How to be a Man.

From the publisher:

To help launch the literary nonprofit Narrative 4, Esquire asked 80 of the world’s greatest writers to chip in with a story, all with the title, “How to Be a Man.”

The result is The Book of Men, an unflinching investigation into the essence of masculinity.

The Book of Men probes, with the poignant honesty and imagination that only these writers could deliver, the slippery condition of manhood. You will find men striving and searching, learning and failing to learn, triumphing and aspiring; men who are lost and men navigating their way toward redemption. These stories don’t just explore what it is to be a man or how to achieve manliness, but ultimately what it is to be a human—with all of its uncertainty, complexity, clumsiness, and beauty.

With contributions from literary luminaries as diverse as the subjects they capture, and curated by the editors of Esquire, National Book Award winner Colum McCann, and Narrative 4, a global nonprofit devoted to using storytelling as a means to empathy, The Book of Men might not teach you how to negotiate a deal or mix a Manhattan, but it does scratch at that most eternal of questions: What is a man?

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.

Courses in the creative writing program are designed for students who wish to develop their skills and appreciation of creative writing in a variety of genres (poetry, prose fiction and nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, etc.) and for those intending to pursue studies in creative writing at the graduate level. Students may complete a minor in creative writing and may submit an application to major in creative writing. For more, see the program website.

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