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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-01-2014 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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 You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes.

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

Tykeanaut
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posted 09-01-2014 10:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I see he is doing a book signing tour in Canada. I wonder if it's too much to ask for a return to the UK?

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posted 09-29-2014 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stego   Click Here to Email Stego     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chris Hadfield has a couple of UK events in December. He's at The Royal Geographical Society, London on the 7th and the At-Bristol Centre on the 11th. The Bristol event details are here.

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posted 09-29-2014 12:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any cS'ers going to a U.S. signing that could get a few books inscribed for me? (I'd also send two hardcovers of his last book to be inscribed, AND a gift item for him...)

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Chris Hadfield has partnered with Ghana Medical Help, which provides medical aid to hospitals in the northern regions of Ghana, to offer signed copies of his books.
Each book sold purchases a blood pressure apparatus to donate to our partner hospitals in rural Ghana.

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posted 10-14-2014 02:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chris Hadfield's "You Are Here" was released today (Oct. 14).

The Sightings calendar has been updated with many newly-listed signing events in the U.S., Canada, the UK and Ireland.

Tykeanaut
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posted 10-19-2014 08:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great news, my wish has come true! One venue is only a 45 minute drive away.

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I have an extra copy signed just with his name if anyone wants one. Email me.

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Hadfield has added a stop at the Barnes & Noble at 17th St./Union Sq. in New York City at 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 23rd.

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Has anyone been to a Chris Hadfield event recently with an item other than his new book "You are Here"?

I would like him to sign his previous book for me if possible, but I'm not sure what the protocols are.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-15-2014 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At his book signing in Houston, Hadfield was signing both of books. At other events, he seemed to be open to signing other items as well.

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posted 11-16-2014 08:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to Hadfield's website the event in Oshawa 29 Nov is now 12-2pm.

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posted 12-07-2014 01:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are there any cS'ers going to the Oswestry event?

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Craig, I can't get the time away from work to attend the Oswestry signing but if you are looking for a signed copy of the book I can recommend these guys; ask for "Rustie": monmouth@rossiterbooks.co.uk.

I have dealt with them previously and they are very good.

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Rick, good to hear from you. Fortunately, I am going to the event, I just wondered if any of the usual suspects are going...

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Can anyone tell me what Chris Hadfield does at these events. Does he actually give a talk or is it just a few words and a book signing?

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It depends on the venue. At some events, he only signs. At others he gives a short talk, and still at others he gives a longer talk.

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posted 12-08-2014 08:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm going to the Monmouth event on Wednesday.

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Last week in Oshawa, Ontario three young space geeks had their books signed. Noticing their NASA jackets Col. Hadfield then signed the orange inner liner. The kids were thrilled - don't wash that jacket Mom!

HADFIELD

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His talk at the Future of Flight aviation museum in Everett, WA included a 45 minute talk, Q&A and signing. He was extremely cordial during the signing. I asked if he would sign my Canadian $5 bill and he did so gladly, even adding a mustache to his likeness on the bill. I brought the bill home 6 months earlier as a souvenir, who would think that it would end up being signed by the astronaut it depicts?

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posted 12-08-2014 02:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You guys are lucky. I have been to two signings and cannot get his handlers to allow him to sign anything but his books.

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At the KC event, he gave one of the best astronaut lectures I have ever attended. The signing was quite different. He was taking his time with every fan, talking to them, signing books, etc. It was my turn and his handler gave him my book, he shook my hand, and I asked if he would also sign a Space Shuttle photo I brought with me (signed by 14 other astronauts) he said "sure, quickly", signed it and moved on to the next person and didn't even look at me. No conversation of anything after my request. To be honest, they did state that he was signing just the books and I felt guilty that I had made the request as the encounter turned sour rather quickly.

My advice with Chris Hadfield: don't ask about signing other items unless you see him signing other items for fans (and he looks like he doesn't mind). I think I was the only person in that entire line that asked him to sign something else (I was #72); no one else had any other items.

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posted 12-09-2014 09:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I made a mistake by even asking his handler in Oshawa. I should have asked him directly. I have heard he almost never says no.

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posted 12-09-2014 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your mileage may vary, but at his first book signing in NYC the organizers saw I had other items and said, "One other item aside from his book." So it all depends on whether or not to ask the handlers/organizers. Sometimes it pays to wait until the end of an event (as we did years ago with Mullane during his book tour), sometimes it helps to let the organizers know as they can be helpful. Other times, you may catch them at the beginning of an event.

Every situation is different.

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posted 12-09-2014 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_The_First   Click Here to Email Mike_The_First     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They'll tell you differently (no side wants to be the bad guy), but it really does ultimately come down to the rules of the sponsor just as much as the signer — more so if the signer is a willing one.

Bookstores want to sell as many books as possible. Some see the best way to do that as not allowing any other items — you want two autographs, you buy two books. It also keeps the line moving for paying customers.

Others see allowing X number of extra items per book as a good incentive to get people to buy more books.

In my experience, I always believe a two signatures per book (one for the book and one for another item) is the way to go, as people will usually buy enough books to be able to get their personal memorabilia signed.

Everyone has different rules that they feel work best for them — just like the rules about where you have to get the books, it varies by sponsor.

MrSpace86, from what everyone's said about him, the odds are that you didn't sour anything, but rather that he probably didn't want to draw attention to it or give the appearance that he was holding up the line for someone who "broke the rules". When people sign like that, they usually prefer to do so covertly, and that was just his way of being covert about it.

If he was upset with it, he probably would've had his handler say no and then do what you discussed. Just my point of view.

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With his first book, he came to a B&N in New York City and was very pleasant at the signing after his interview/Q&A. I gave him my book, then had him sign his NASA WSS portrait. I even showed him a photo in a book about the RCAF and he smiled on seeing his picture at a military exercise in the 80s.

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Originally posted by Mike_The_First:
MrSpace86, from what everyone's said about him, the odds are that you didn't sour anything, but rather that he probably didn't want to draw attention to it or give the appearance that he was holding up the line for someone who "broke the rules".

Thank you. That makes me feel a lot better. The wife kept telling me to quit feeling guilty and bad but yes, you're right

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I got to meet Commander Hadfield at his book signing at Oswestry today. He gave a great talk about his experiences in space, did a short but interesting Q&A and then treated us to a live rendition of his version of Space Oddity.

Afterward he signed copies of his two books "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth" and "You are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes." I didn't see him signing any other books, photos or items and the only photos with him were the leaning over the table type. Sorry about the poor quality of my photos I was only using an iPhone and a small camera.

This was a really well ran event at a very nice venue. If you get the chance I would highly recommend going to one of Commander Hadfield's events.

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posted 12-11-2014 04:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, what a great evening at the Savoy Theatre in Monmouth. Great talk and another rendition of "Space Oddity" here too to finish off the night.
Was very, very generous with his time to everyone, what a great guy.
Many thanks also to Rossiter Books of Ross-On-Wye and Monmouth for organising this event.

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posted 12-17-2014 04:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Similar experience at Foyles, London last night. He talked for just under an hour, with another 25 minutes of questions and the obligatory Space Oddity rendition (very well done, considering his voice was fading). One of the most articulate, engaging and enthusiastic astronauts I have met who clearly loves meeting people and spreading the message. Foyles did a great job making the signing go smoothly, with post-it notes for personalizations and time for a quick photo.

Best one-liner of the night "expulsive gasses are not propulsive... something to do with poor nozzle design" ...and he wasn't referring to engines!

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Brammers, that puts paid to your spaceflight ambitions but keep up with the test firing! And I take it the "Burnley Cowboy" was going to be your copilot?

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So long as you are sat behind me, Rick

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