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FFrench
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posted 08-14-2007 12:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Colin Burgess is staying here with me for a couple of days - the first time we have been on the same continent since both of our co-authored books came out - and we'll be doing impromptu signings while he is here.

First is Tuesday, August 14 at 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego. We'll be signing copies of both Into That Silent Sea and In The Shadow of the Moon, and signed copies will also be available of Colin's Teacher In Space.

The sales help the science center with its non-profit educational mission, including its Challenger Center.

With Colin based in Australia, this will be a relatively rare opportunity to obtain copies signed by both of us. Thanks to everyone for their wonderful support of this book project, and we look forward to signing books for you!

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posted 08-15-2007 01:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to everyone who bought books at the Fleet yesterday at our signing. It was greatly appreciated!

To answer a question we received - these books are not only first edition, first printing, but also first COVER - of which there are ever only likely to be a few dozen... so, an ultra-first edition!

Thanks so much, everyone, for your support and kind words about the books.

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posted 08-23-2007 12:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a quick note to thank all of those who made my recent stay in San Diego so rewarding and so much fun.

Special thanks as always to the delightful Kathy Loder at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park for once again setting up the signing that Francis and I did of our new books, and for ensuring all went well. Kathy is the lady in the white top standing at our table just before the signing began.

If you happen to be in the Science Center in the near future, their store has a good stock of the two books that Francis and I have both signed.

Lou Chinal
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posted 08-26-2007 07:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are there any plans to come to the New York City area? I'm getting a bit older now and can't walk as well as I used to (the little boy in me is alive and well).

FFrench
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posted 08-27-2007 12:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Lou:
Are there any plans to come to the New York City area?
Unfortunately, not at this time. With Colin being in Australia, the times we can arrange for us both to be at a book signing together are very rare.

I am being asked to do a signing in the Chicago area in early October (I'll post details here when finalized) but that will just be me, not Colin too.

FFrench
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posted 09-04-2007 03:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by FFrench:
I am being asked to do a signing in the Chicago area...
The information is now on the Adler Planetarium's website and linked on this thread.

FFrench
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posted 03-16-2008 03:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With the Women in Aviation International conference in San Diego this year, I signed books yesterday with Wally Funk after her conference presentation. Wally's story is told in the "Two Wallys" chapter of Into That Silent Sea (which also chronicles Wally Schirra's early life and first flight). We had a lot of fun meeting some great people, and both signed a good number of extra copies.

It was a slightly bittersweet occasion. I had spent part of the morning at the Schirra's home with Jo and Suzy (who are doing very well), and in the past I had discussed with both Wallys how nice it would be to have them meet again once the book was published. This would probably have been the occasion, being Wally Funk's first visit to San Diego since the book came out. Sadly, now never to be.

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posted 04-16-2008 01:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I note that Francis French will be signing copies of both of his books at the National Air and Space Museum on Sunday, May 18:
Book Signing

"In the Shadow of the Moon" and "Into That Silent Sea"
author, Francis French
Sunday, May 18
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Gallery 101 - Museum Shop
National Mall Building
Admission: Free

In the Shadow of the Moon tells the story of the most exciting and challenging years in spaceflight, with two superpowers engaged in a titanic struggle to land one of their own people on the moon. While describing awe-inspiring technical achievements, the authors go beyond the missions and the competition of the space race to focus on the people who made it all possible. Their book explores the inspirations, ambitions, personalities, and experiences of the select few whose driving ambition was to fly to the moon.

Into that Silent Sea
It was a time of bold new technology, historic moments, and international jousting on the final frontier. But it was also a time of human drama, of moments less public but no less dramatic in the lives of those who made the golden age of space flight happen. These are the moments and the lives that Into That Silent Sea captures, a book that tells the intimate stories of the men and women, American and Russian, who made the space race their own and gave the era its compelling character.

These pages chronicle a varied and riveting cavalcade of human stories, including a look at Yuri Gagarin's harrowing childhood in war-ravaged Russia and Alan Shepard's firm purchase on the American dream. It also examines the controversial career of cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, and the remarkable struggle and ultimate disappointment of her American counterparts. It tries to uncover the truth behind the allegations that shadowed Gus Grissom and Scott Carpenter and then allows the reader to share the heart-stopping suspense of Alexei Leonov's near-fatal first space walk. Through dozens of interviews and access to Russian and American official documents and family records, the authors bring to life the experiences that shaped the lives of the first astronauts and cosmonauts and forever changed their world and ours.

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posted 04-16-2008 06:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any cS members planning on attending? It looks like a good opportunity to meet fellow cS member Francis French.

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posted 04-17-2008 01:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Barring any unforeseen problems I will be flying over to San Diego next February to attend the SpaceFest event.

While Francis and I will both be signing our books at SpaceFest, it will also present an opportunity for those good folks who have previously purchased books signed by Francis and Wally Funk and/or Dee O'Hara to obtain that elusive Aussie's signature as well.

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posted 05-18-2008 01:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DCCollector   Click Here to Email DCCollector     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the pleasure of meeting Francis this afternoon at his book signing at the National Air & Space Museum. He was very generous with his time and a really wonderful man to meet. He also signed both of my books, Into that Silent Sea and In the Shadow of the Moon. In fact, Francis noted that In the Shadow of the Moon is a book on Apollo 11, so he suggested that he would sign the book literally on Apollo 11:

Being the draw that Francis is, during the time that I was speaking with him, he was visited by Curt Newport, the leader of the expedition to recover Gus Grissom's Liberty Bell capsule (who also graciously signed my copy of Into that Silent Sea), and by Shuttle astronaut Tom Jones (who graciously signed a copy of Sky Walking).

(Please excuse the quality of my cell phone camera pictures... Francis will likely have much better photos to share!)

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posted 05-18-2008 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They keep letting Francis out in public! Won't they ever learn?

FFrench
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posted 05-21-2008 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks so much for posting those images, Scott, and great to meet you and the other cS'ers who came by. It was truly a great experience to do a signing there, capping off a fun few days of meetings at NASA and NASM, plus emceeing a Sally Ride Science event at the Department of Commerce.

The museum placed the signing table right next to the main central gallery - what fun to be signing books so close to Apollo 11 and all of those other amazing artifacts. Scott, yours is the only copy I signed on Apollo 11, and likely to be the only copy ever signed that way!

It was a busy day at the museum and I was fortunate to have so many great people drop by. I enjoyed meeting Steven Dick (NASA Chief Historian), Roger Launius (former NASA Chief Historian, now the NASM's Senior Curator of Space History), Joan Vernikos (former director of NASA's Life Sciences division), Abigail Foerstner (author of a new James Van Allen biography) and many more. It was also extremely nice of Curt Newport and Tom Jones to drop by. Curt was kind enough to co-sign copies of "Into That Silent Sea" for anyone who wanted it, and Tom spent about an hour at the table with me talking up the book to anyone who came by if I was talking to someone else... he's a great promoter!

I highly recommend the wonderful crew at the NASM store, who made it all such a pleasure. They've extended an invitation for a repeat visit, so I hope to do it again on another visit to DC some year.

Here's a photo with Curt and Tom at the event.

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posted 02-23-2009 12:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is very unusual for Francis and myself to be in the same country at the same time, so during my visit in San Diego we kindly received an invite from Kathy Loder, store coordinator at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center to sign copies of both of our books, "Into That Silent Sea" and "In the Shadow of the Moon."

Signed copies of my book "Teacher In Space" are also available, plus Michael Cassutt's space novel "Tango Midnight."

Kathy asked us to let collectSPACE readers know that the books are available by contacting her directly, at (619) 238 1233 x842, or e-mailing her at kloder@rhfleet.org. Overseas orders are accepted, and all sales support the science center's non-profit educational mission.

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posted 02-25-2009 08:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would just like to say that I think Francis French and Colin Burgess are two of the nicest guys I have ever met. I met Colin at Spacefest and I met Francis at the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation show last November as well at the San Diego Air and Space Museum and he and I talked and he gave me pointers for a book idea that I have. Both of these gentleman are class acts 100%!

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posted 02-26-2009 10:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mark Zimmer   Click Here to Email Mark Zimmer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since I missed Colin and Francis signing at Spacefest, I was very pleased to get the opportunity to order the books from the RH Fleet Science Center; Ms. Loder is very friendly and helpful. Thanks for the info.

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posted 03-14-2009 08:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
San Diego Space Society:
March 21, 2009, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Escondido Country Club
1800 Country Club Lane, Escondido, CA 92026

The American Association of University Women (Escondido-San Marcos Branch) has invited Francis French to speak to their group about his book "Into that Silent Sea" at the Literary Faire & Luncheon to be held on March 21, 2009.

Two authors and their books will be featured:

Francis French "Into That Silent Sea"
A chronicle of human stories about the first astronauts: Yuri Gagarin, Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, Scott Carpenter, etc.

Debra Ginsberg "The Grift"
An entertaining whodunit about a psychic who learns how to lie truthfully.

Tickets are $30 each. Proceeds will fund the Tech Trek Scholarship program.

To purchase tickets, please make your checks payable to AAUW Escondido-San Marcos, and mail (along with a stamped self-addressed envelope) to Janet Mahlberg, 845 Windridge Circle, San Marcos, CA 92078. Please specify your menu choice — salmon or chicken. For more information, please call Janet at 760-736-8860.

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posted 04-28-2009 03:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Two upcoming signings with Francis French:
  • May 17, 2009; 1:00 - 3:00pm
    Washington, DC

    Book signing: "Into That Silent Sea: Trailblazers of the Space Era, 1961-1965"

    National Air and Space Museum

  • May 31, 2009; 1:00 - 3:00pm
    Chantilly, Virginia

    Book signing: "Into That Silent Sea: Trailblazers of the Space Era, 1961-1965" and "In the Shadow of the Moon" with Francis French

    Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

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posted 05-19-2009 08:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A big thank you to everyone who came by the National Air and Space Museum signing! It's always quite an experience signing books this close to Apollo 11...

Looking forward to meeting more of you at the next signing at Udvar-Hazy in two week's time!

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posted 07-10-2009 01:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm looking forward to meeting and chatting with people at this talk and book signing event on July 18th!

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posted 11-02-2009 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just got word that Francis (French) will be signing copies of "In the Shadow of the Moon" at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Friday, November 6 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. EST.

For those attending the astronaut autograph show there the same weekend, this is an excellent opportunity to stop by, get a book signed (they make wonderful holiday gifts I hear) and say hello to a fine chap...

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posted 11-12-2009 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks so much to everyone who came to the signing at the KSC store last week, and who also brought books to be signed into the ASF show.

Great to meet Mark Lee at the signing.

A pleasure to meet you all.

Especially the youngest book-buyer that I can ever recall!

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posted 11-12-2009 08:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for drjeffbang   Click Here to Email drjeffbang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
^^^ Hey, there's my little space nut! ^^^

Oh, by the way, she was still wearing her Mercury suit yesterday...

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posted 02-19-2011 08:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, Calif. is hosting a presentation and book signing by Francis French.
Meet author Francis French and hear about his books, Into that Silent Sea, and, In the Shadow of the Moon. Admission is $5 per person.

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posted 03-12-2011 11:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to those who came by today. Very nice to be able to talk space history in the place where so much of it happened - and to check out the center's new Apollo boilerplate display.

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posted 09-19-2012 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll be giving a talk and signing books at this event in the San Francisco bay area - hope to see some of you there - thanks! If you know people in the area, your help spreading the word is greatly appreciated.

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posted 04-25-2013 03:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a talk I am giving in LA next month, for those in the area. Hope to see some of you there!

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posted 05-03-2013 12:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The site has now been updated - the event will now be both me and Buzz Aldrin speaking and signing books. Should be quite a night!

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