Seattle author Timothy Egan has racked up another major award. Sunday night in Chicago, Egan picked up the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, given by the American Library Association for “the best of the best in fiction and nonfiction for adult readers published in the U.S.”
Egan won the nonfiction prize for his book “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis,” a biography of Curtis, the Seattle photographer who made it his life’s work to photograph America’s Native American tribes. Egan was joined at the podium by Richard Ford, who won for his novel “Canada.”
This is the second year the Carnegie Medal has been awarded – it was established in 2012 to, among other things, “serve as a guide to help adults select quality reading material.” Seattle librarian/books advocate Nancy Pearl chairs the selection committee.
Egan won the National Book Award in 2006 for his nonfiction book “The Worst Hard Time.”