Astronaut Chris Hadfield Shares His Children’s Book

By Christina Elston

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Photograph official portrait of Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield in EMU suit. PHOTO BY ROBERT MARKOWITZ

Astronaut Chris Hadfield, possibly best known for his zero-gravity music video of David Bowie’s song “Space Oddity,” is coming to town to share his latest book, “The Darkest Dark.” Hadfield will appear from 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Saint Timothy Church, 10425 W. Pico Blvd., L.A.

Hadfield is also the author of “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth” and “You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes,” and is known around the world for his breathtaking photos and educational videos about life in space. His version of the David Bowie classic, recorded in 2015, has had more than 30 million views on YouTube.

“The Darkest Dark,” Hadfield’s first children’s book, was inspired by his decision to become an astronaut after watching the Apollo 11 moon landing at age 9. It tells the story of young Chris, who must overcome his fear of the dark to become the astronaut he dreams of being. While the worst sort of alien – the darkness – appears at bedtime, when Chris sees the televised moon landing, he discovers the darkest dark of space, and realizes that the unknown can be exciting.

Darkest Dark JacketThe book is illustrated by brothers Eric and Terry Fan, illustrators of the New York Times bestseller “The Night Gardener.”

During his time as Commander of the International Space Station, Hadfield conducted a record-setting number of scientific experiments and oversaw an emergency spacewalk. At the event, he will talk about his experience of becoming an astronaut and exploring space, give a lively reading of his book, answer questions from the audience and personalize books for attendees.

Tickets for the event, presented by local bookstore Children’s Book World, are $21.29, which admits one child under age 16 plus one adult. Each ticket includes a pre-signed copy of “The Darkest Dark,” and additional pre-signed books will be available for purchase at the event. Tickets are available at Children’s Book World (10425½ W. Pico Blvd., L.A.) or online at No phone orders will be accepted.

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