FEBRUARY 7, 2014
“Dust Bowl and Beyond – Lessons for the Future from Past Hard Times”
• Award-winning Author
• New York Times Online Op-Ed Columnist
• Pulitzer Prize-winning Reporter
Timothy Egan is an acclaimed writer and veteran chronicler of the West. He is the author of several books, includingThe Big Burn – Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America, a New York Times bestseller, and The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, which won the 2006 National Book Award for nonfiction. Walter Cronkite called this book “can’t-put-it-down-history.” As a result, Egan was featured prominently in the Ken Burns’ acclaimed 2012 film, The Dust Bowl.
His most recent book, a riveting biography of the famous photographer of American Indians, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life & Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis, was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly. Through his colorful storytelling, events previously documented in black and white photographs become vivid, alive and relevant to present-day life.
Egan’s weekly online column for The New York Times, the popular “Opinionator”, is consistently among the most read pieces on the NYT site.
In 2001 Egan was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that wrote the series “How Race Is Lived in America.”