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November 18, 2010

Nature Author John Vaillant Speaks on His Latest Book, The Tiger

John ValliantBestselling nature author John Vaillant drew a captivated audience at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's recently for a Center for a Livable Future sponsored discussion and signing of his most recent book, The Tiger. The endangered Siberian tiger can be up to ten feet long and weigh over six hundred pounds, and Vaillant’s latest work explores the ancient, tenuous relationship between man and predator through the stories of Vladimir Markov, a poacher killed by the tiger; Yuri Trush, the lead tracker; and the tiger himself. Set in a remote village in Russia’s Far East, this tale of man and nature tackles politics, economics, massive social change, and loss of species. Vaillant is most interested in stories that explore collisions between human ambition and the natural world, and his discussion widened the scope of our ecological view.

Vaillant is the author of national bestseller The Golden Spruce, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction in 2005. He is also a freelance magazine writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Outside and The Walrus. In 2006, he was the recipient of a grant from the National Geographic Society Expeditions Council. His work in this and other fields has taken him to five continents and five oceans. For more information on John Vaillant and the endangered Siberian tiger, visit