Gonzalo Lira in 2005
February 29, 1968 |
|Occupation||Novelist, Film Director|
|Period||1998 to present|
He is the son of Gonzalo Lira Valdés and María Isabel López Hess; he is a direct descendant of José Miguel Carrera, and related by birth to numerous Chilean politicians, diplomats and industrialists. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley, New York City, and Miami, as well as Guayaquil, Ecuador. He completed high school at St. George’s College in Santiago, Chile, in 1985. He attended Dartmouth College in 1991, graduating with honors in 1995, with a degree in history and philosophy.
After moving to lower Manhattan in 1998, Lira wrote, produced, and directed a comic short film, So Kinky. He worked developing video games such as Soldier of Fortune. He wrote his next novel, Acrobat, in 2002. The novel was subsequently purchased by Miramax to be turned into a motion picture. In 2002, he moved to Chile. He began writing and producing Spanish language feature films. He co-wrote, produced and directed the film Catalina’s Kidnapping, a Spanish language thriller in 2006.
Starting in 2010, Lira began contributing economic analysis to Zero Hedge, Naked Capitalism, Seeking Alpha and Business Insider; in Zero Hedge, one of his posts was the second most read of 2010.
- Counterparts (G.P. Putnam Sons, New York, NY: 1998. ISBN 978-0-399-14312-0.)
- Tomáh Errázurih (Grijalbo Mondadori, Santiago, Chile: 1997. ISBN 978-956-258-057-1.)
- Acrobat (St. Martin's Press, New York, NY: 2002. ISBN 978-0-312-28694-1.)