Mattia Signorini (Rovigo, 1980) holds a degree in communications from the University of Padua. After graduation, he worked odd jobs while writing his first novel, Far Away From It All. He proved himself as one of the most promising voices in Italian literature with his second novel, The Symphony of Brief Moments, which won the Tropea prize and was translated into four languages. His novel, Now, was published in 2013 and has been nominated for the Fiesole Prize. After working for years as an editor in Milan, he opened a creative writing school, the Palomar School, in his hometown, Rovigo.