Ethan Chatagnier discussing SINGER DISTANCE with Erika Swyler
A Virtual Event!
This virtual event with Ethan Chatagnier, in conversation with Erika Swyler, is free to attend! However, all purchases of SIGNER DISTANCE will come with a signed bookplate (while supplies last).
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To get on the list for a bookplate, just add SINGER DISTANCE to your cart and put that you’d like a bookplate in the order comments on the checkout screen. The deadline to place an order to guarantee a bookplate is one week after the event, November 9th. Please note, since it typically takes several weeks after an event for the bookplates to arrive at the store, your bookplate may be sent to you separately from the book.
What is a bookplate?
A bookplate is an autographed sticker that can then be put in the book! Though your book won’t be directly signed, bookplates allow us to host long-distance authors for our virtual events.
About the Authors
ETHAN CHATAGNIER is the author most recently of the novel SINGER DISTANCE (Tin House) and the story collection WARNINGS FROM THE FUTURE (Acre Books, 2018). His stories have appeared in the KENYON REVIEW ONLINE, GEORGIA REVIEW, NEW ENGLAND REVIEW, and other journals, and have been awarded a Pushcart Prize and listed as notable in the Best American Short Stories. He lives in Fresno, California, with his family.
ERIKA SWYLER is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed novels LIGHT FROM OTHER STARS and THE BOOK OF SPECULATION. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in CATAPULT, LITERARY HUB, VIDA, THE NEW YORK TIMES, and elsewhere. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she seeks to make work that is in dialog with the arts, sciences, and history.
About SINGER DISTANCE
The odds of the planet next door hosting intelligent life are—that’s not luck. That’s a miracle. It means something.
In December 1960, Crystal Singer, her boyfriend Rick, and three other MIT grad students take a cross-country road trip from Boston to Arizona to paint a message in the desert. Mars has been silent for thirty years, since the last time Earth solved one of the mathematical proofs the Martian civilization carved onto its surface. The latest proof, which seems to assert contradictory truths about distance, has resisted human understanding for decades. Crystal thinks she’s solved it, and Rick is intent on putting her answer to the test—if he can keep her from cracking under the pressure on the way. But Crystal’s disappearance after the experiment will set him on a different path than he expected, forever changing the distance between them.