Event: Bestselling author John Vaillant shares debut novel about the perils of border crossings

John Vaillant is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Outside, and Men’s Journal, among others.

Of particular interest to Vaillant are stories that explore collisions between human ambition and the natural world. His work in that and other fields has taken him to five continents and five oceans.

His first book, “The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed,” was a bestseller and won several awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction in Canada.

Vaillant will share his debut novel, “The Jaguar’s Children,” a gripping survival story of a young man trapped, perhaps fatally, during a border crossing, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The story of Héctor takes the reader from Oaxaca — its rich culture, its rapid change — to the dangers of the border.

For an interview with Vaillant, go to npr.org and search for John Vaillant.