Famed filmmaker Ken Burns was smart to rely on Timothy Egan in his latest documentary epic, "The Dust Bowl," which aired Sunday and Monday on PBS. Egan won a National Book Award for his book about the era, "The Worst Hard Time."
Watching Egan reminded me what a strong and important voice the Spokane native has been. He'll be in Boise Nov. 28 to give the inaugural Cecil D. Andrus Lecture, set for 7:30 p.m. in the Jordan Ballroom at the Student Union Building.
The event is free. I highly recommend that readers attend. Egan's a great guy -- I had the pleasure of sharing a meal with him several years ago. He writes with a historian's sweep and a journalist's skill, often about the West in ways that redefine where we've been and where we're headed.
At BSU, he'll talking about the election and his new book, "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher," the story of photographer Edward Curtis. Curtis began photographing Native Americans in 1896, when their total population was below 250,000. His 20-volume "The North American Indian" was published between 1907 and 1930.
For 18 years, Egan was the Northwest correspondent for the New York Times, where he shared a Pulitzer Prize in 2001. He now writes a
weekly online column for the Times, which appears Fridays. He also has his own web page, where you can read about all his fine books, including "The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America," which recounts the 1910 fire in North Idaho.
For more information, visit the Andrus Center online.
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