John H. Vaillant
Vaillant at the 2015 Texas Book Festival
|Born||June 4, 1962|
His 2010 work, The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival is about a man-eating tiger incident that happened in the 1990s in Russia's Far Eastern Primorsky Krai, where most of the world's Amur tigers live. It is a mixture of investigative journalism, social history, geography and natural writing. It won a number of awards and was selected for the 2012 edition of CBC Radio's Canada Reads, defended by lawyer and television personality Anne-France Goldwater.
His next book was The Jaguar's Children (2015), a novel about an undocumented Mexican immigrant trapped inside the empty tank of a water truck that has been abandoned in the desert by human smugglers. The novel was a shortlisted nominee for the 2015 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. The Jaguar's Children received positive reviews from the New York Times and NPR.
Vaillant is known for focusing on environmental issues - such as trees in the northwest, nearly-extinct tigers, and GMO corn in Mexico - and mixing that with stories about crime or violence.
Awards and honors
- 2005 Governor General's Award, The Golden Spruce
- 2005 Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize, The Golden Spruce
- 2010 British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, The Tiger
- 2010 The Globe and Mail Best Book for Science 2010, The Tiger
- 2012 Nicolas Bouvier Price in Saint Malo, France, The Tiger (French translation)
- 2014 Windham–Campbell Literature Prize in Nonfiction, achievement award valued at $150,000 the largest of its kind.
Vaillant is the author of three books:
- The Jaguar's Children. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2015. ISBN 978-0544315495.
- The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 2010. ISBN 978-0307268938.
- The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed. W. W. Norton & Company. 2005. ISBN 978-0393058871.
- "Tiger tale takes richest non-fiction prize". The Globe and Mail, January 31, 2011.
- "Review of The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed by John Valliant". Publishers Weekly. 14 February 2005.
- "Globe columnist among Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize nominees". The Globe and Mail, September 29, 2015.
- Amanda Eyre Ward (13 February 2015). "'The Jaguar's Children,' by John Vaillant". New York Times. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
- Alan Cheuse (20 January 2015). "'The Jaguar's Children' Is Ripped From Heartbreaking Headlines". NPR. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
- "John Vaillant's The Tiger wins B.C.'s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction" Archived 2011-03-08 at the Wayback Machine.. The Georgia Straight, February 1, 2010.
- "Prize Citation for John Vaillant". Windham–Campbell Literature Prize. March 7, 2014. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
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