John Vaillant

Finalist, 2023 National Book Awards

John Vaillant’s acclaimed, award-winning nonfiction books, The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed and The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival, were national bestsellers.
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Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World

ISBN 9781524732851 Knopf / Penguin Random House

In May 2016, Fort McMurray, the hub of Canada’s oil industry and America’s biggest foreign supplier, was overrun by wildfire. The multi-billion-dollar disaster melted vehicles, turned entire neighborhoods into firebombs, and drove 88,000 people from their homes in a single afternoon. More about this book >

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John Vaillant

John Vaillant’s acclaimed, award-winning nonfiction books, The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed and The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival, were national bestsellers. His debut novel, The Jaguar’s Children, was a finalist for the Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award. Vaillant has received the Governor General’s Literary Award, British Columbia’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize, and the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. He has written for, among others, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and The Walrus. He lives in Vancouver. His latest work of nonfiction is Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World.

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