Timothy Egan

Timothy P. Egan
Born (1954-11-08) November 8, 1954 (age 65)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Writer, journalist, reporter
Citizenship United States
Education University of Washington
Genre Non-fiction
Notable works The Worst Hard Time
Notable awards National Book Award, 2006
PNBA Award, 1991, 2010
Washington State Book Award, 2006, 2010
Spouse Joni Balter[1]
Children 2[2]

Timothy P. Egan (born November 8, 1954) is an American author, journalist and op-ed columnist for The New York Times, writing from a liberal perspective.[3]

Egan has written seven books. His first, The Good Rain, won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award in 1991.[4] For The Worst Hard Time, a 2006 book about people who lived through the Great Depression's Dust Bowl, he won the National Book Award for Nonfiction[5][6] and the Washington State Book Award in History/Biography. The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America (2009)[7] is about the Great Fire of 1910, which burned about three million acres (12,000 km²) and helped shape the United States Forest Service. The book describes some of the political issues facing Theodore Roosevelt. For this work he won a second Washington State Book Award in History/Biography[8] and a second Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award.[9]

In 2001, The New York Times won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a series to which Egan contributed, "How Race is Lived in America".[10][11]

Egan lives in Seattle. He is a weekly op-ed writer for The New York Times.[11]

Awards and honors


  • The Good Rain. 1990. ISBN 0-394-57724-8.
  • Breaking Blue. 1992. ISBN 0-394-58819-3.
  • Lasso the Wind. 1998. ISBN 0-375-40024-9.
  • The Winemaker's Daughter. 2004. ISBN 1-4000-4099-X.
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2006. ISBN 978-0-618-77347-3.
  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America. 2009. ISBN 0-618-96841-5.
  • Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis. 2012. ISBN 0-618-96902-0.
  • The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero. 2016. ISBN 9780544272880
  • A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith. 2019. ISBN 0735225230.


  1. ^ "Author biography". Random House. Retrieved December 19, 2010. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ "Pulitizer-Prize winner Timothy Egan delivers second Rosamond Gifford lecture in Syracuse", Syracuse.com blog, Syracuse Post-Standard, November 10, 2012
  3. ^ http://www.splicetoday.com/politics-and-media/the-media-elite-is-not-solely-conservative
  4. ^ "1991 Book Awards". Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. Retrieved February 2, 2011. Cite journal requires |journal= (help) [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "National Book Awards – 2006". National Book Foundation; retrieved March 24, 2012.
  6. ^ "2006 National Book Award Winner, Nonfiction". The National Book Foundation. Retrieved February 24, 2009. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ Ostler, Jeffrey (Fall 2010). "Review of The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan". Oregon Historical Quarterly. 111 (3): 396–98. JSTOR 10.5403/oregonhistq.111.3.0396.
  8. ^ "'Border Song' and 'The Big Burn' among 2010 Washington State Book Awards". The Seattle Times. September 10, 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  9. ^ "2010 Book Awards". Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. Archived from the original on January 11, 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  10. ^ "National Reporting". Past winners & finalists by category. The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
  11. ^ a b Egan, Timothy. "Contributor biography". The New York Times. Retrieved February 24, 2009.
  12. ^ Ron Charles (May 15, 2013). "Timothy Egan wins Chautauqua Prize for "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher"". Washington Post. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  13. ^ Bill Ott (June 30, 2013). "Richard Ford and Timothy Egan Win Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction". Booklistonline.com. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  14. ^ Annalisa Pesek (July 3, 2013). "2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction". Library Journal. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  15. ^ "ALA Unveils 2013 Finalists for Andrew Carnegie Medals". Publishers Weekly. April 22, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2014.

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