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Egan has written eight books. His most recent book, "The Immortal Irishman," was a New York Times bestseller. His book on Edward Curtis, "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher," won Egan the Carnegie Award for best nonfiction. His account of the Great Depression-era Dust Bowl, "The Worst Hard Time," won the 2006 National Book Award, considered one of the nation's highest literary honors, and he was featured prominently in Ken Burns' 2012 documentary "The Dust Bowl."
His ninth book, "A Pilgrimage to Eternity," is due in the fall. It's a very personal book for Egan, an adventure on an ancient pilgrimage trail through the heart of Europe, the Via Francigena. It's a journey, a family story and a history of Christianity.
Egan worked as a national correspondent covering the West for the New York Times. 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. He now writes an online opinion column for The New York Times.
Egan graduated from the University of Washington and holds honorary doctorates from Whitman College, Willamette University, Lewis and Clark College and Western Washington University.