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What we learned from author Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Peace Prize winner

A Nobel Peace Prize winner and perhaps one of the most famous Latin American writers, Gabriel García Márquez died April 17, 2014, at the age of 87. The master of magic realism, the influential Colombian writer is best known for his novels One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. Gabriel García Márquez and his work are ripe for research into his handling of magic realism and how he shaped not only Latin American literature, but also all literature at the end of the 20th century. If you have never read any of his works, now would be the perfect time to start.

One of the many essential quotes made by Gabriel García Márquez during his successful writing career. (Credit: Enrique Limón)

One of the many essential quotes made by Gabriel García Márquez during his successful writing career. (Credit: Enrique Limón)

Gabriel García Márquez’s influences

Born in 1927 in the Colombian coast town of Aracataca, author Gabriel García Márquez was raised by his grandparents, who not only shaped his life, but his writing as well. Read more

Short story author Alice Munro one of 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Winners

Alice Munro at her home in Clinton, Ontario. Canadians expressed pride over her Nobel honor. (Courtesy of Ian Willms for The New York Times)

Alice Munro at her home in Clinton, Ontario. Canadians expressed pride over her Nobel honor. (Courtesy of Ian Willms for The New York Times)

Awards are nothing new for short story author Alice Munro, but with the announcement of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Winners, the Canadian short story writer of 14 collections adds yet another accolade to her resume. Writers and readers have sung Munro’s praises for years, and, in presenting the award, the Nobel Peace Prize committee proclaimed her the “master of the contemporary short story.” But why? What makes her work so special and deserving of such a high honor? Read more