A Conversation and Book Signing with Col. Chris Hadfield

*Advanced tickets for this event are now sold out. There will be a rush line for any seats that are unclaimed by the start of the event.*

Join us Thursday, November 23 at 7pm as we welcome astronaut, Space Station Commander, musician and author Chris Hadfield to the Playhouse stage for a conversation, audience Q&A, and book signing.


Join us as Col. Hadfield discusses his new novel, The Defector, with Annette Hamm. A book signing will follow.

CHRIS HADFIELD is one of the most seasoned and accomplished astronauts in the world. He was the top test pilot in both the US Air Force and the US Navy, and a Cold War fighter pilot intercepting armed Soviet bombers in Canadian air space. A veteran of three space flights, he served as capsule communicator—CAPCOM—for 25 Shuttle missions, as NASA's director of operations in Russia, and as commander of the International Space Station. Hadfield's books, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, You Are Here and The Darkest Dark, have all been international bestsellers, and topped the charts for months in Canada. His debut novel, The Apollo Murders, became an instant #1 bestseller in his homeland.

The Defector

Already a #1 National Bestseller

Israel, October 1973. As the Yom Kippur War flares into life, a state-of-the-art Soviet MiG fighter is racing at breakneck speed over the arid scrublands below . . . and promptly disappears.

NASA Flight Controller and former top US test pilot Kaz Zemeckis watches the scene from the ground—and is quickly pulled into a dizzying, high-stakes game of spies, lies and a possible high-level defection that plays out across three continents.

The prize is beyond value: the secrets of the Soviets’ mythical “Foxbat” MiG-25, the fastest, highest-flying fighter plane in the world and the key to Cold War air supremacy. But every defection is double-edged with risk, and Kaz needs to tread a careful line between trust and suspicion. Ultimately, he must invite the fox into the henhouse—bringing the defector into the heart of the United States’ most secret test site—and hope that, with skill and cunning, the game plays out his way.

For Chris Hadfield’s second heart-stopping thriller, we move from Space to another rich and exciting part of Chris’s CV: his time as a top test pilot in both the US Air Force and the US Navy, and as an RCAF fighter pilot intercepting armed Soviet bombers in North American airspace. Full of insider detail, excitement and political intrigue drawn from real events, The Defector brings us the nerve-shredding rush of aerial combat, as told by one of the world's top fighter pilots.


Admission Only (Limited quantity available): Sold Out!

Admission + Copy of The Defector at 15% off: $56.12 Sold out!

*All remaining tickets included a copy of Chris Hadfield's new book The Defector. Ticket holders who already own a copy of The Defector may choose to exchange their included copy for any of Col. Hadfields other books, available at the event.

All of Chris Hadfield's books will be available to purchase at the event.

Presented in partnership with Epic Books, Playhouse Cinema and Penguin Random House Canada.

Thu, Nov 23 2023 - 7:00pm

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