Laurence Gonzales

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General Information

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Name: Laurence Gonzales

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction, Non-Fiction

Born: 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri

Websites: and


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

  • Jambeaux, Harcourt, 1979
  • The Last Deal, Atheneum, 1981
  • El Vago, Atheneum, 1983
  • Artificial Horizon, University of Missouri, 1986
  • The Still Point, University of Arkansas Press, 1989
  • One Zero Charlie, Simon & Schuster, 1992
  • The Hero's Apprentice, University of Arkansas Press, 1994
  • Deep Survival, W.W. Norton & Company, 2003
  • Everyday Survival, W.W. Norton & Company, 2008
  • Lucy, Knopf, 2010
  • Surviving Survival: The Art and Science of Resilience, W.W.Norton & Company, 2012

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library


ISBN: 0151460388
Release Date: 1979

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The last deal

ISBN: 0689111991
Release Date: 1981

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El Vago

ISBN: 0689113307
Release Date: 1983-05

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Artificial Horizon: Short Stories

ISBN: 0933532520
Release Date: 1986-07

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The Still Point

ISBN: 1557280819
Release Date: 1996-09-01

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Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things

ISBN: 0393058387
Release Date: 2008-09-17

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Surviving Survival: The Art and Science of Resilience

ISBN: 0393083187
Release Date: 2012-09-10

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Literary Awards

  • 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

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Laurence Gonzales on WorldCat

Laurence Gonzales on Amazon


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