Literary History Today March 6: Gabriel Garcia Marquez born

  On this day in 1928, Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez is born in Arataca, Colombia. His grandmother was the first to tell him stories when he was a child about magical events and later in his writings, Marquez would be a founder of the school known as “magical realism.” Garcia Marquez won the Nobel Prize in 1982 and his most famous work Love in the Time of Cholera […]


Literary History Today Feb 27: John Steinbeck born in Salinas, CA

  On this day in 1902, John Steinbeck, the grandson of German immigrants who settled in central California, was born to failed businessman Ernst and schoolteacher Olive. “He will either be a genius or amount to nothing,” Olive once surmised about her son. At the John Steinbeck National Center in Salinas earlier this month, I met a group of visitors from Germany who were big fans of the author. They […]


Stockholm, Sweden and the Nobel Prize for Literature

STOCKHOLM. SWEDEN — Every Thursday, the members of the Swedish Academy gather at Europe’s oldest restaurant, the Den Gyldene Freden in Stockholm.