Macmillan Children’s Books (MCB) will next year publish a children’s book by former Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield.
Co-written with Kate Fillion, The Darkest Dark is about a boy who confronts his fear of the dark and was inspired by Hadfield’s childhood passion for space.
Belinda Rasmussen, publisher at MCB UK, bought world rights to the book, excluding North America English and Canada French, in a deal brokered by Ron Eckel of The Cooke Agency International. Eckel was acting on behalf of Rick Broadhead & Associates, which represents Hadfield.
The book will be published in hardback on 22nd September with illustrations by The Fan Brothers (Terry and Eric Fan), who are represented by Kirsten Hall of Catbird Productions. A paperback version will follow in spring 2017.
Hadfield said: “After 25 years of speaking in schools and working with children, I am extremely proud to be able to create this book. The Darkest Dark addresses one of our most basic and common fears, brought visually to life with fine, distinctive style by The Fan Brothers. Pursuing the hopes and overcoming the worries of childhood are such key parts of growing up, and help determine how high we eventually may travel.”
Hadfield is also the author of books for adults, including An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth and You are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes (Pan Macmillan).
Rasmussen said: “We are ‘super-galactically’ excited about publishing The Darkest Dark, adding to the list of Chris’s best-selling books on the wider Pan Macmillan list. This is a fantastic opportunity for Chris to inspire an even broader audience of families and children in the UK and beyond.”
Hadfield will be in the UK 7th to 11th October to promote The Darkest Dark, and will be making an appearance at the Bath Children’s Literature Festival.
He will also be conducting a one-man speaking tour in January and will take part in the BBC Two "Stargazing Live" broadcast from the Science Museum, London, as British astronaut Tim Peake launches to the International Space Station on 15th December.