Mir Lecture: John Vaillant

Nelson, Capitol Theatre

Fire Weather: The Making of a Beast

John Vaillant

Listen to award-winning author John Vaillant speak about his newest book, Fire Weather: The Making of a Beast. Released during the worst fire season on record, Fire Weather has been described as “riveting, spellbinding, astounding on every page…compulsively readable…a towering achievement.”

The book follows the events and aftermath of the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire and describes the tangled history of humans and fire, how this dynamic energy has shaped our society, and how it now threatens society in the context of ongoing climate disruption.

John Vaillant is also the author of the best-selling books The Golden Spruce and The Tiger. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, National GeographicOutside, and more. 

This lecture is presented in partnership with the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival.


Tickets are available through the Capitol Theatre.


  • Adult: $26
  • Senior: $20
  • Low-barrier (a lower-cost option, based on self-identified need): $14
  • Student/youth: $12
  • Secret sponsor (buy a ticket to donate! You will still have to purchase a ticket to attend): $14
  • Livestreaming/recording: $20