Lawrence Wright is an author, screenwriter, and playwright. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1992, where he has won two National Magazine Awards. He is the author of ten books, one of which, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction and was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 greatest nonfiction books ever written. Wright co-produced a television series based on that book, starring Jeff Daniels, Alec Baldwin, and Tahar Rahim, currently airing on Hulu. His bestselling book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief (2013) was nominated for the National Book Award and won the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. In 2015, Wright co-produced a documentary based on that book for HBO, with Alex Gibney directing, which won three Emmys, including best documentary.
His most recent book is The Terror Years: From Al-Qaeda to the Islamic State (2016). This April, Knopf will publish his next book, a personal history titled God Save Texas.
Wright is the co-writer of the movie The Siege (1998), starring Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, and Bruce Willis and is the writer of the Showtime movie Noriega: God’s Favorite (2000), starring Bob Hoskins.
Wright has written six previous plays, most recently Camp David, which premiered at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. (2014) starring Richard Thomas. That play received a subsequent production at the Old Globe in San Diego (2016). His one-man show My Trip to Al-Qaeda (2007), directed by Gregory Moser, enjoyed a sold-out off-Broadway run, and subsequently became an HBO documentary of the same name (2010), directed by Alex Gibney. Wright performed another one-man show, The Human Scale (2010), for the Public Theater in New York, directed by Oskar Eustis, and again at the Cameri Theater in Tel Aviv (2011).
Wright grew up in Dallas and is a longtime resident of Austin. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Society of American Historians. He also serves as the keyboard player in the Austin-based blues band WhoDo.