John Vaillant is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and The Walrus, among others. His first book, The Golden Spruce (Knopf, 2005), was a bestseller and won several awards, including the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction (Canada). His second nonfiction book, The Tiger (Knopf, 2010), is also an award-winning bestseller. A novel, The Jaguar's Children (Knopf, 2015) was a finalist for the Rogers Trust Fiction Prize. He is currently at work on a non-fiction book about fire.