Timothy Egan (born November 8, 1954) is an American author, journalist and op-ed columnist for The New York Times, writing from a liberal perspective.[16]

Egan has written seven books. His first, The Good Rain, won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award in 1991.[8] 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[2][5] and the Washington State Book Award in History/Biography. The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America (2009)[17] 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[10] and a second Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award.[11]

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".[7][7]

Egan lives in Seattle. He is a weekly op-ed writer for The New York Times.[7]

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