Astronaut Chris Hadfield Inks Picture Book Deal

By Maryann Yin Comment

Chris Hadfield (GalleyCat)Chris Hadfield, an astronaut, has signed a deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. He will collaborate with Kate Fillion, a writer, to create a story for a picture book called The Darkest Dark.

Hadfield (pictured, via) will draw inspiration from his own childhood aspirations of becoming an astronaut. Eric and Terry Fan, two artists and brothers, will collaborate on the illustrations.

Here’s more from the press release: “Young Chris loves rockets and planets and is fascinated by everything out there to be discovered, but he can’t stop fears from creeping in as he imagines deep space, the absolute darkest dark there is. Only when he watches the groundbreaking Apollo 11 moon landing on TV does he realize that sometimes the unknown can be…exciting!”

Farrin Jacobs, an editorial director, negotiated the deal with Hadfield’s representatives from Rick Broadhead & Associates. The United States release date has been scheduled for Fall 2016.