The Golden Spruce

John Vaillant
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In the Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed, John Vaillant uncovers the story of the demise of one of British Columbia's most legendary trees.

Why we chose it

In this gripping true story, John Vaillant teaches us about an important piece of the history of British Columbia's forests, and begs us to question our relationship to the trees.

About John Vaillant

John Vaillant is an American-Canadian author and journalist. He has published multiple works of fiction and non-fiction. The Golden Spruce, was a #1 national bestseller, winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the Pearson Writer's Trust Non-Fiction Award and the Roderick Haig Brown Regional Prize. The Tiger was a #1 national bestseller, a Canada Reads selection, a Globe and Mail Best Book, and won the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the Prix Bouvier, the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, the CBA Libris Award for Non-Fiction Book of the Year and the CBC Bookie Award for Best Overall Book. It has been translated into 15 languages.

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