Tucson Festival of Books

John Vaillant

John Sinal

UA College of Humanities

John Vaillant's acclaimed, award-winning nonfiction books, "The Golden Spruce" and "The Tiger" were national best-sellers. His debut novel, "The Jaguar’s Children," was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award. Vaillant has received the Governor General’s Literary Award, British Columbia’s National Award for Canadian Nonfiction, the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize and the Pearson Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. He has written for, among others, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic and The Guardian. He lives in Vancouver. His most recent book is "Fire Weather."

NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR - FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN NONFICTION - A stunning account of a colossal wildfire and a panoramic exploration of the rapidly changing relationship between fire and humankind from the award-winning, best-selling author of The Tiger and The Golden Spruce - Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, TIME, NPR, Slate, and Smithsonian

"Grips like a philosophical thriller, warns like a beacon, and shocks to the core." --Robert Macfarlane, bestselling author of Underland

"Riveting, spellbinding, astounding on every page." --David Wallace-Wells, #1 bestselling author of The Uninhabitable Earth

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Awards: National Book Award, Winner: Baillie Gifford Nonfiction Prize Finalist: Nat. Book Award Windham-Campbell Prize (Yale U.) - 2014 Prix Nicolas Bouvier (France) – 2012 B.C. Achievement Award for Canadian Non-Fiction – 2011 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize – 2011 CBC Bookies Award for Best Overall Book – 2011 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award – 2011 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival Special Jury Prize – 2011 Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award for Non-Fiction – 2011 Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize – 2006 Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction – 2005 Writers’ Trust of Canada Pearson Award for Nonfiction – 2005 Windham-Campbell Literature Prize

Scheduled events:
Heat, Fire, and Our Planet
Award-winning and best-selling authors Goodell and Vaillant share insights as they discuss their books chronicling our warming world.

Science City - Main Stage (Seats 195)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Science City (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jeff Goodell, John Vaillant
Moderator: Michael Guymon
Climate Change Is Changing Us All
The planet is warming, affecting ecosystems, environments, weather patterns and more. What does life look for a world with increasing temperatures and wildfires? What is climate science telling us? These award-winning authors share their research and insights into what we know now and what we might expect.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 337)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jeff Goodell, David Lipsky, John Vaillant
Moderator: Stephen Pyne
2023 National Book Awards
Join 2023 National Book Award authors Jonathan Eig, Brandon Som and John Vaillant for a conversation about narrative voice ... from biography to journalism to poetry. We'll learn how they get to the truth in a way that resonates with readers, regardless of form or genre. Presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation.

Koffler Room 204 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Book Awards
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jonathan Eig, Brandon Som, John Vaillant
Moderator: Ruth Dickey

Fire Weather
A True Story from a Hotter World
Science / Medicine / Technology
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
June 2023
ISBN 9781524732851
432 pages
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The Jaguar's Children
Science / Medicine / Technology
Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
January 2015
ISBN 9780544570221
288 pages
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