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[4][5] 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".[6][7] 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.[8]

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America (2009)[9] 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[10] and a second Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award.[2]

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