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Timothy Egan Timothy Egan WED, OCT 26, 2016, 7:30 PM Benaroya Hall \ S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium Co-Presented by The Seattle Times  

We are excited to announce the title of Egan's lecture: "The Time Traveller's Tale: An Accidental Historian and Northwest Native Looks At How We Got from There to Here." A Q&A session moderated by Professor David Domke, Chair of the Department of Communications at the University of Washington will follow. 


“Most of the writers I know work every day, in obscurity and close to poverty, trying to say one thing well and true. Day in, day out, they labor to find their voice, to learn their trade, to understand nuance and pace. And then, facing a sea of rejections, they hear about something like Barbara Bush’s dog getting a book deal.”―Timothy Egan

“Without a shadow of a doubt [The Immortal Irishman] is one of the finest Irish American books ever written…Egan’s take on Irish American history gives this book a breadth and significance that would be very hard to match.”―Niall O’Dowd, Irish America

“A fascinating, well-told story by an author fully committed to his subject. Egan's impeccable research, uncomplicated readability, and flowing narrative reflect his deep knowledge of a difficult and complex man.”―Kirkus Reviews, starred.

Timothy Egan comes from a family of nine, from a mother who loved books and a father with the Irish gift of finding joy in small things. He worked on a farm, in a factory, and at a fast-food outlet while muddling through nearly seven on-and-off years of college.

He is the author of seven books. His nonfiction account of the Dust Bowl, The Worst Hard Time (2006), won the 2006 National Book Award, and he was featured prominently in the 2012 Ken Burns film on the Dust Bowl.

A lifelong journalist, Egan now writes an online opinion column for the New York Times. Prior to that, he worked as a national correspondent for the Times, roaming the West. As a Times correspondent, he shared a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 with a team of reporters for its series, “How Race is Lived in America.”

A graduate of the University of Washington, Egan also holds honorary doctorates from Whitman College, Willamette University, Lewis and Clark College, and Western Washington University. A third-generation Westerner and father of two, Mr. Egan lives in Seattle, which honored him once with the Keys to the City.

Selected Works:


The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero (2016)
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis (2012)
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America (2009)
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl (2006) 
The Winemaker's Daughter (2004)


"No More Thoughts and Prayers," the New York Times (Dec., 2015)
"Lapsed, but Listening," the New York Times (Oct., 2013)
"How Race is Lived in America," the New York Times (Apr., 2001)


Timothy Egan's Website
Egan's New York Times Column
Penguin Random House: Timothy Egan
National Book Award for Nonfiction
The Memory of Potato Famine Burdens The Immortal Irishman



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