Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.
6:00pm

Fire Weather

with John Vaillant
Hosted by Carleton’s Adrian Harewood

Fire Weather

with John Vaillant
Hosted by Carleton’s Adrian Harewood
6
Saturday
May
2023
6:00pm
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
John Vaillant - Photo by John Sinal

Join Carleton University’s Adrian Harewood for a conversation with John Vaillant, the #1 bestselling author of The Tiger and The Golden Spruce about his latest Fire Weather: The Making of a Beast , a stunning account of a colossal wildfire and a panoramic exploration of the rapidly changing relationship between fire and humankind.

 

In May 2016, Fort McMurray, the hub of Canada’s oil industry and America’s biggest foreign supplier, was overrun by wildfire. The multi-billion-dollar disaster melted vehicles, turned entire neighborhoods into firebombs, and drove 88,000 people from their homes in a single afternoon. Through the lens of this apocalyptic conflagration, John Vaillant warns that this was not a unique event, but a shocking preview of what we must prepare for in a hotter, more flammable world.

 

For hundreds of millennia, fire has enabled us to cook our food, defend and heat our homes, and power the machines that drive our titanic economy. Yet this volatile energy source has always threatened to elude our control, and in our new age of intensifying climate change, we are seeing its destructive power unleashed in previously unimaginable ways.

 

PLEASE NOTE: For the safety and comfort of all patrons, masks are strongly encouraged for those attending in person this Spring. Livestream tickets are available upon request for those who prefer to attend remotely.

 

Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.

 

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