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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Laurence Gonzales  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri


Illinois Connection

Laurence Gonzales is a native of Evanston, Illinois. He has lived in Cook County since 1963.

Biographical and Professional Information

Laurence Gonzales was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in Houston and San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestseller Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why (W.W. Norton). Surviving Survival: The Art and Science of Resilience is the sequel to Deep Survival and is his most recent book. Gonzales has won two National Magazine Awards and the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. He has appeared as a speaker before groups ranging from the Santa Fe Institute to Legg Mason Capital Management, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His most recent novel is Lucy.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- * The Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting on the Watergate scandal *The Carl Sandburg Award for ''The Still Point'' *Chicago Book of the Year for ''One Zero Charlie'' *Named one of The Chicago Tribune's “Chicagoans of the Year” in the arts *Gold and Bronze Awards in the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition *National Magazine Award winner from the American Society of Magazine Editors in 2001 and 2002 for ''The Land of the Lost'' and ''The Rules of Adventure'', both pieces for National Geographic Adventure Magazine. *Emmy Award with the team of writers for the HBO series ''From the Earth to the Moon'' Producer, Tom Hanks