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Vaillant speaks with Leslie Anthony

August 23rd, 2023

The Whistler Writers Festival will be presenting best-selling author, John Vaillant (at right, photo by by Ian Hinkle) at this year’s Booklover’s Salon. Vaillant sits down with popular moderator and scientist Leslie Anthony to talk about Fire Weather: The Making of a Beast (Knopf $38), which tells the story of the 2016 Fort McMurray fire within a detailed insightful account of the relationship between fire and mankind.

By also exploring the interconnected histories of humankind’s relationship to fire, the oil industry, the automobile and climate science, Vaillant has crafted not only another riveting read, but a message that couldn’t be more timely.

This event is Oct. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

Tickets for the 22nd edition of the Whistler Writers Festival are on sale now and have early bird pricing until Oct. 1. For the first time, the festival is offering early bird pricing on all events. At checkout, ticket buyers get 15 percent off until Sept. 15, and 10 percent off until Oct. 1.

The festival runs between Oct. 12 – 16, 2023.



John Vaillant’s acclaimed, award-winning nonfiction books, The Golden Spruce and The Tiger, were national bestsellers. 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 Non-Fiction, 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 Walrus. He lives in Vancouver.

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