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Robert Pearlman
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Editor's note: This topic has been started to post news and post-event reports from Chris Hadfield's book signings for the new book An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.

A calendar of these events and other Hadfield appearances is under Sightings.

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Anybody near or going to Sarnia? From The Observer
Hadfield is also scheduled to visit Sarnia Nov. 23 for a 1 p.m.-2 p.m. book signing at DeGroot's Nurseries, being organized by The Book Keeper.

That visit will promote Hadfield's new book, "An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth," set to be released this fall.

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Any word on a book signing tour?

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Thus far, in addition to the Sarnia event linked by Hart, I have found one other Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) signing scheduled.

I'll be reaching out to Hadfield's publisher for details of other book signing locations.

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Doesn't mention a signing, but Hadfield will be talking and copies of his book will be for sale on Nov. 12 in Seattle, according to Town Hall Seattle.

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Book signings now added to Sightings in New York and Illinois.

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I called the NY store (yes, already) and here's what they have to say:
  1. Call back a week beforehand for specifics.
  2. Generally, the event space opens two hours before the signing. You'll need the book plus the receipt to get into the event space.
  3. They're not sure if wristbands will be issued beforehand to save one's space.
For what it's worth, the store opens at 10 a.m. They do have a cafe. It's close by a few subway lines.

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Before I knew about the NY signing, I popped an email to the Seattle organizers asking about getting copies through the mail. Their response:

"You can absolutely order signed copies from us by mail. The link to order will be up closer to the event."

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Hadfield tweeted Thursday regarding the locations for his book signing tour:
The book-signing tour will be across Canada, the US, UK & Ireland in Nov/Dec, & a bit into January too. Looking forward to meeting everyone!
I for one am delighted he is coming over to Ireland, he took plenty of photos of our Emerald Isle from orbit and his daughter is attending college over here so makes sense!

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I bought "Riding Rockets" by Mike Mullane and sent him his book to autograph it for me when it came out. Does anyone here know if Commander Hatfield will be doing the same thing?

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Originally posted by AstroAutos:
I for one am delighted he is coming over to Ireland...
Ask and ye shall receive, although no date has been set for Hadfield's visit to Dublin, nor a definite schedule of where has been set either.

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I'm convinced I saw Chris Hadfield cycle past me on the Stanley Park seawall circuit in Vancouver last Sunday, October 6th? (honestly)

Does anyone know if there is going to be a book signing in England too?

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Per Hadfield's own tweet:
The book-signing tour will be across Canada, the US, UK and Ireland...

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The Sightings calendar has now been updated with the U.S. tour stops for Chris Hadfield's book tour, courtesy Little, Brown and Company, his U.S. publisher.

Among the stops Hadfield will be making is the Gilruth Center at NASA's Johnson Space Center on Nov. 5. If you cannot attend this signing (it is open to the public and does not require badging), ShopNASA.com is now taking pre-orders for signed books to ship in mid-November.

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I am going to try and get to the one at Indigo bookstore in Toronto next week. Its only a few blocks from my office. They often have author signings there. I went for Dan Rather two years ago. They are pretty well organized. But they do not usually allow anything but the books to be signed.

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Is there a pre-order limit for an autographed edition of Chris Hadfield's book? I'm just trying to plan. Thanks!

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The Sightings calendar has now been updated with all the events now listed on the book tour schedule published on chrishadield.ca (and then some... the Sightings calendar is currently more complete than the publisher's site).

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posted 10-29-2013 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone going to the event at Indigo in Toronto tonight?

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Curious if any of the NYC metro folks will be at B&N on Friday?

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I do hope the National Space Centre in Leicester organise this one on December 13th better than those previously?

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I just got in from the Chris Hadfield book signing at the Indigo in Toronto.

All I can say is if the turn out at the other signings is on the same level as this evenings, get there early or plan to wait for a long time.

I was there on my lunch (I work near there) and met Canadian boxing legend George Chuvalo who was there signing a few books. But I don't think even the book store expected the numbers that showed up later. I got there around 5:30 and the store which is two floors was packed. The store issued group ticket numbers with approximately 20 to a group and I heard someone say they were in group 40. I was in group 18.

Hadfield gave a nice talk about his experiences. The interviewer kept things related to the book and Hadfield gave some briefs views on the direction his career went and things took a slightly off beat turn when the interview asked the inevitable question 'how do you go to the bathroom in space" and to the surprise of many Hadfield began to tell her.

There were so many people at the event they opted to forgo the Question and Answer to let the signing begin. Hadfield moved quickly and the signing was moved along st a good pace. It likely went about an hour after I left.

Indigo book store was selling the book at the reduced price of 20 Canadian Dollars (19 USD) and did not limit the number of books. I saw people with five or six copies.

I wish I could say I enjoyed the signing. The brief encounter I had with Chris Hadfield was that... brief. I guess I am spoiled by the relative sanity of the ASF shows and other signings I have been to. This one was just to jammed for me. But if you want to get a Hadfield autographed book this may be the only option. Oh and do not even try to get anything else signed. I saw people try and they were refused outright.

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Worryingly I have just received this comment via e-mail from The National Space Centre in Leicester, UK:
At the moment we do not have confirmed details of the event.
Oh no, here we go again?

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I hope to see my collectSPACE friends at the National Air and Space Museum on Saturday afternoon for the book signing.

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Originally posted by Tykeanaut:
Oh no, here we go again?
Hadfield's publisher is still finalizing the details of his visit to the UK and Ireland, and so with the exception of a couple of book stores, none of the events have been arranged fully as of yet.

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You can pre-order this book through Shopnasa.com. When he signs they will ship to you. I believe the cost of shipping adds $8 to the books retail price.

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I am considering going to the book signing is NYC tonight. How crowded are these signings usually? I really don't want to go there and have to leave because of a long line like the Buzz Aldrin signings.

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No more crowded than a signing by Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean, who attended an event at a B&N in Manhattan several years ago. If he were in Canada, it's another story.

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I figured there were about 300 people at the NYC event - not quite 18 across, two sections of 10 rows, roughly. The lines moved fairly quick, and organizers wrote first names down on Post-its if people wanted their books personalized. Hadfield either wrote his signature or their name and his signature, nothing else.

Event space opened at 5 for the 7 p.m. interview (half an hour plus Q&A.) Got there at quarter to six.

People could have photos taken with Hadfield, but it was lean in from across the table, no posed photos, again to keep the lines moving.

There's a passage in Hadfield's book where he talks about meeting Elton John. On the offchance that Elton was an astronaut fan and asked him to play a song, Hadfield practiced doing "Rocket Man." That never happened, but Hadfield was prepared anyway.

So on the offchance that the opportunity presented itself, I was one of the few who brought other stuff for Hadfield to sign. His handler said, "Unlimited books, but one personal memorabilia per person." So I got Hadfield to sign my Space Shuttles: 20 Years book.

He pointed out that the photo of him on that page doing an EVA was the same spacewalk in which he was temporarily blinded and which he had to also vent oxygen from his spacesuit. What happened is in his book, but Hadfield drily noted, "I survived."

There were six MIBs - really, they were wearing black suits! - doing security at the event, checking receipts and who knows what else. I must have been at close to 100 astronaut events and never saw security like this before! I had my review copy and brought my email from that, even though I had intentions and did buy two copies of Hadfield's book. I hate to see what would happened had I brought an Amazon.com receipt - I'm sure that would have been like pouring gasoline on a fire.

I did have to exchange my bought copies, because there were printing smudges in the book. So flip through the book before it's signed!

I was hoping to get O'Brien as well, but between the time he left the stage and when I reached down in my bag - blam! He was gone.

Hadfield did a nice Q&A with O'Brien. I think I may have audio from that.

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Probably 300+ at Hadfield's National Air and Space Museum signing today. As per advice, I arrived about 90 minutes early and "established" "the line" outside the museum bookstore. The bookstore apparently ran out of books before the book signing began.

Hadfield was efficient but managed to get brief conversations for all who came. I saw a lot of happy people milling about after getting their books signed.

While in line I was able to "spread the word" about two of my favorite websites: collectSPACE and Heavens-Above.

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In anticipation of making it to at least one signing in the UK what is the done thing regarding bringing previously purchased books to signings? Or is it strictly restricted to buying copies only from that particular store?

I remember a signing in the UK some years ago by a different astronaut. Although we got there as the doors opened all copies of the book were mysteriously reserved and only those copies could be signed.

I do hope Chris will sign a photo or similar for each book purchased.

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Based on browsing the venues already confirmed, Hadfield seems to be leaving it to each location to decide on whether to only sign books purchased at the store or brought in from elsewhere.

So when you decide where you are going (and that event's details are set), you'd be best served by contacting that location for the particulars.

With regards to signing other memorabilia, if allowed, it will more likely be one extra item per person, not per book (as Hart notes Hadfield did in New York). But again, that's a question best posed to the specific venue.

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Good advice Robert, thanks. I'll be prepared to buy in store but have a backup copy purchased before hand just in case.

Apart from the planned Leicester venue the others are an hour and half to two hours away from me, I'd hate to make the journey to find them sold out. If they get the publicity right these events could be very well attended.

On a lighter note has anyone receive a moustache on a stick yet?

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My "official" Chris Hadfield mustache arrived Sept. 23:

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Originally posted by spaceman:
I do hope Chris will sign a photo or similar for each book purchased.
As I say, prepare for the best and hope for the worst. Bring extra stuff if you wish - but be prepared just to get Hadfield's book signed, and call that a successful day. Anything else is a bonus.

Just for fun, and I realize they aren't the same size, here's a comparison between (left) a book signed by Hadfield, about the 75th or so signed in NYC, and (right) a litho received a month after Hadfield returned to Earth in May.

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I went to Hadfield's signing in Skokie tonight. There were at least 250 people there and I had to wait in line almost 1 1/2 hours. Hadfield was very friendly and posed for pictures, but the B&N organizers made it very clear he would only sign his book.

I brought a couple of launch covers along, but they were strict with the book-only policy (and the book had to have been bought at B&N).

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Although scheduled to be at the Science Museum in London on December 16, I have just been informed that he is also making an appearance in Oxford on the same day?

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I, too, went to the Chris Hadfield event in Skokie, Illinois. It was great to meet other collectSPACE members at the event (Lisa, Len and David).

Colonel Hadfield gave a great presentation and then answered questions for about 20 minutes and then did the autographing section. I was able to get my book autographed along with two other photos.

Colonel Hadfield was on a time line and had to get ready for a flight out of Chicago later that night.

Another great evening with an astronaut and collectSPACE members! Thank you.

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The B&N in Skokie had signed copies of the book for sale last time I checked.

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Still a few left at ShopNASA.

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I got mine from JSC not too long ago. I saw no provisions for personalization, though, so mine is just his signature.

I think they've e-mailed anyone who's had an order with them recently.


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