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Timothy Egan

Timothy Egan
Born (1954-11-08) November 8, 1954
Seattle, Washington, USA
Occupation Correspondent (The New York Times)
Language English
Citizenship United States
Genre Nonfiction
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 Sophie Egan, Casey Egan[2]

Timothy Egan (born November 8, 1954 in Seattle, Washington) is an American author and journalist. 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[3][4] and the Washington State Book Award in history/biography.

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".[5][6] He currently lives in Seattle and contributes opinion columns as the paper's Pacific Northwest correspondent.


Egan has written seven books including his National Book Award winner The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl.

His first, The Good Rain, won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award in 1991.[7]

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America (2009) 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 also details some of the political issues focusing on Theodore Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot. For that one he won a second Washington State Book Award in history/biography[8] and a second Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award.[9]

Awards and honors



  1. ^ "Author biography". Random House. Retrieved December 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ Denise Headd (November 10, 2012), "Pulitizer-Prize winner Timothy Egan delivers second Rosamond Gifford lecture in Syracuse", blog ( 
  3. ^ "National Book Awards – 2006". National Book Foundation. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
    (With blurbs and excerpt linked to his name.)
  4. ^ "2006 National Book Award Winner, Nonfiction". The National Book Foundation. Retrieved February 24, 2009. 
  5. ^ "National Reporting". Past winners & finalists by category. The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
  6. ^ Egan, Timothy. "Contributor biography". The New York Times. Retrieved February 24, 2009. 
  7. ^ "1991 Book Awards". Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  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. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
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  11. ^ Bill Ott (June 30, 2013). "Richard Ford and Timothy Egan Win Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.".  
  12. ^ Annalisa Pesek (July 3, 2013). "2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction".  
  13. ^ "ALA Unveils 2013 Finalists for Andrew Carnegie Medals".  
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