John Vaillant's book The Golden Spruce—about a logger and a 300-year-old tree—won The Governor General Literary Award for Nonfiction in 2005. His next book doesn't come out until August 24, but it's already building a fair bit of buzz.
From its publisher description, The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival sounds like nothing if not gruesome and incredibly suspenseful:
When Yuri Trush was called in to investigate an attack by a Siberian tiger, what he found was unlike anything he'd ever encountered. Nothing remained of the victim but stumps of bone protruding from his boots. Even more chilling was the evidence that this attack had been carefully orchestrated, as if the tiger was seeking revenge. Before long, the beast struck again, and Trush, leader of a tiger conservation unit, found himself forced to hunt this animal through the brutal cold of a Siberian winter, becoming intimately acquainted with the tiger's history, motives, and unique method of attack--until their harrowing final encounter.
Apparently Brad Pitt thought so, too. Yesterday his production company Plan B, along with Darren Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures, bought the film rights to the book as a "potential starring vehicle for Pitt" reports Publisher’s Marketplace.
Stumps of bone? A man-eating tiger? Brad Pitt? Sounds like a blockbuster to me. Will you read The Tiger?
Also in BookPage: Read a review of The Golden Spruce.