Timothy Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the New York Times Bestseller The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America, will give a lecture at Campbell Hall tomorrow night discussing his new book.
Egan won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his reporting contributions to a series called “How Race is Lived in America.” He has written seven books, including The Worst Hard Time, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction and the Washington State Book Award in history/biography. The Big Burn, his most recent book, has received a second Washington State Book Award in history/biography and a second Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award.
The Big Burn chronicles the story of America’s biggest forest fire, which demolished 3 million acres of land over two days in 1910. The fire, while disastrous, spurred a national nature conservation movement championed by then-President Theodore Roosevelt. Tonight, Egan will discuss the way Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot spearheaded the conservation movement and the way that fire changed the nation.
The lecture is free for all, and books will be available for purchase and signing.
A version of this story appeared on page 3 of Monday, March 3, 2014′s print edition of the Daily Nexus.