Timothy Egan

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]

Timothy P. Egan
Born (1954-11-08) November 8, 1954 (age 65)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
OccupationWriter, journalist, reporter
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationUniversity of Washington
Notable worksThe Worst Hard Time
Notable awardsNational Book Award, 2006
PNBA Award, 1991, 2010
Washington State Book Award, 2006, 2010
SpouseJoni Balter[1]

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 honorsEdit


  • 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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