Ethan Chatagnier with Talia Lakshmi Kolluri - Singer Distance (Ferry Building Store)

Ethan Chatagnier
in conversation with Talia Lakshmi Kolluri

Singer Distance

An In-Person Event • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Sat., October 22nd • 3:00pm PT

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For fans of Station Eleven and Light from Other Stars, Ethan Chatagnier’s propulsive, genre-bending debut novel asks: what happens when we discover intelligent life just next door? And what does it really mean to know we’re not alone in the universe?

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.

Filled with mystery and wonder, Ethan Chatagnier’s Singer Distance is a novel about ambition, loneliness, exploration, and love — about how far we’re willing to go to communicate with a distant civilization, and the great lengths we’ll travel to connect with each other here on Earth.

Ethan Chatagnier is the author of the story collection Warnings from the Future (Acre Books, 2018). His stories have appeared in the Kenyon Review Online, Georgia ReviewNew 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.

Talia Lakshmi Kolluri’s short fiction has appeared in The Minnesota ReviewEcotoneSouthern Humanities ReviewThe Common, and elsewhere. She was born and raised in Northern California and currently lives in California’s beautiful Central Valley with her husband and cat.


Ethan Chatagnier photo courtesy of Grace Rose Photo; Talia Lakshmi Kolluri photo courtesy of Sarah Deragon



Book Passage Ferry Building
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Published: Tin House Books - October 18th, 2022