The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival

The Tiger by John Vaillant is being championed by Anne-France Goldwater for Canada Reads 2012.

A man-eating tiger is on the prowl in Russia. John Vaillant's nature thriller has the myth and mystery of a spooky fairy tale, but this account of a Siberian tiger terrorizing the residents of a remote Russian village is no fiction. Primorye (also known as the Maritime Territory) is a sparsely populated region of Russia that borders on China, and a locale where illegal tiger poaching and trading is a common source of income.

Vaillant recounts the struggle between man and nature as a team of tiger trackers, including a man who usually works to study and protect the local tiger population, hunts down the powerful feline killer so vindictive that Valliant calls it a "weretiger." Inspired by Sasha Snow's documentary Conflict Tiger, Vaillant's book has been acclaimed nationally and internationally, and won a clutch of awards, including the B.C. National Book Award for Non-Fiction, the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Award, a Banff Mountain Festival Special Jury Prize, the CBA Libris Award for non-fiction, and the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. The feature film rights were purchased this year by Brad Pitt.

Read an excerpt from The Tiger here.

Listen to John Vaillant read from The Tiger here.

Get to know John Vaillant by watching our video chat here.

Get to know Anne-France Goldwater by watching our video chat here.

Listen to John Vaillant on The Next Chapter here.

Read John Vaillant's article about the research process behind The Tiger here.

Replay our live chat with John Vaillant here.

See John Vaillant's The Tiger playlist here.

Learn more about John Vaillant's influences here.

Listen to Anne-France Goldwater discuss The Tiger on the Canada Reads podcast here.