Canadian Astronaut To Launch First Kids’ Book

Chris Hadfield's The Darkest Dark_autumn 2016

Since fall 2015 when publisher Penguin Random House Canada announced Chris Hadfield was working on his first kids’ book, the anticipation has been growing.

Now launch time of Hadfield’s The Darkest Dark is just around the corner.

Scheduled for release next month, the 48-page hardcover picture book by Canada’s most famous astronaut is about a boy who must conquer his fear of the dark before pursuing his dream of exploring the universe.

The Darkest Dark, which was inspired by a career-defining moment in Chris’s childhood, is a universal story about facing your fears and following your dreams,” confirmed Tara Walker, PRHC spokesman.

Published under Penguin’s Tundra Books imprint, the book features illustrations by Toronto artists Eric and Terry Fan with text written in collaboration with well-known writer Kate Fillion.

Hadfield is already a best-selling author with two non-fiction adult books, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, and You Are Here, under his belt. In 2013, while serving as commander of the International Space Station, he recorded a rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” a video that’s been seen more than 32 million times by his fans around the world.

For more information, contact Penguin Random House Canada.

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