National Book Award winner Timothy Egan to speak in Twin Falls, April 13

National Book Award winner Timothy Egan, author of The Immortal Irishman: Thomas Francis Meagher and the Invention of Irish America, will deliver the Idaho Humanities Council’s 3rd Annual Magic Valley Distinguished Humanities Lecture on Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7 p.m., at the Canyon Crest Event Center in Twin Falls.

The event is sponsored in part by the College of Southern Idaho, D.L. Evans Bank, Glanbia, Idaho Public Television and the Times-News.

Limited tickets are available by calling the IHC at 208-345-5346. General tickets are $45. Benefactor tickets are $75, offering an invitation to a pre-event private reception with Egan at 5 p.m. and preferred seating at the dinner and lecture. The evening will begin with a no-host reception at 6 p.m. at Canyon Crest. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., with Egan’s talk to follow. Seating is assigned in advance. Egan’s books will be available from Barnes and Noble onsite and he’ll be available for signing afterwards. 

Timothy Egan is an acclaimed writer and veteran chronicler of the West whose interests range wide across the Americanlandscape and American history. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, a popular New York Times columnist, and a National Book Award-winning author. 

His latest book, The Immortal Irishman, is a New York Times bestseller about Thomas Francis Meagher, a 19th-century Irish rebel who was banished to Tasmania by the English, but escaped to America and fought in the American Civil War as Union general of an Irish Brigade. 

Egan is the author of several other bestselling books, including The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America, which was the inspiration for a 2014 American Experience documentary also titled The Big Burn on PBS. Egan’s book The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl won the 2006 National Book Award for nonfiction. Egan is featured prominently in Ken Burns' acclaimed 2012 documentary The Dust Bowl

His book Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward S. Curtis, a biography of thefamous photographer of American Indians, won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction and was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly in 2013.

This is the 3rd annual IHC Distinguished Humanities Lecture held in Twin Falls. Previous speakers have included novelist Jamie Ford (2015), author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, and prolific bestselling historian Douglas Brinkley (2016), author of Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America, and many other books.

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