Statue of García Márquez to be Erected in Colombia

Gabriel García Márquez is being immortalized with a bronze statue in his native homeland…

Bogota City Hall will pay tribute to the country’s 1982 Nobel Literature laureate with a statue representing him as a young journalist erected in the gardens of Lievano Palace.

Gabriel García Márquez

The Bogota Culture, Recreation and Sports Secretariat announced on its Web page the inauguration of the life-size statue of the 86-year-old Colombian novelist, screenwriter and journalist, fashioned in bronze according to the lost wax method by artist Julia Merizalde.

Merizalde won a district program to stimulate artistic production, a recognition that allowed her to design, fund and install the work of art in the gardens of the Lievano Palace, the seat of the Bogota City Hall, in a location it will share with the sculpture Cascade by Edgar Negret and El Quinde de la Paz by Ecuador’s Nixon Cordova.

Gabriel García Márquez Statue

Wearing a shirt, his unmistakable bushy mustache and glasses, Garcia Marquez’s image shows him as just another passerby in the garden of the city hall.

García Márquez, born in the Caribbean town of Aracataca, left his home region at a young age and came to Bogota to study law at the Universidad Nacional, although he soon dropped out to become part of the city’s intellectual life and work for the daily El Espectador.

The Culture, Recreation and Sports Secretariat is coordinating two-hour tours of the Lievano Palace in both the morning and afternoon so the public can see the statue, among other sites.

Known affectionately as Gabo throughout Latin America, García Márquez is the mastermind behind Love in the Time of Cholera, One Hundred Years of Solitude and Autumn of the Patriarch, among others.

García to Direct “We’re Just Married”

Rodrigo García is getting ready to tie the knot with his next feature film…

The 53-year-old Colombian-born television and film director has signed on to direct We’re Just Married.

Rodrigo Garcia

Written by David Rabe, the film will star the scribe’s daughter, American Horror Story’s Lily Rabe.

“I’m ecstatic to be in the Rabe business with David and Lily,” said Garcia. “This script is a perfect portrait of a highly complicated, emotionally charged and painfully funny romantic triangle. And, like all of David Rabe’s works, it is a gift to writers and directors.”

García, the son of Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, most recently directed Albert Nobbs, which landed stars Glenn Close and Janet McTeer acting Academy Award nominations last year.

He’s also served as a director on HBO’s highly acclaimed dramas Carnivàle. In Treatment and Six Feet Under.

García Márquez to Receive Mexico’s Fine Arts Medal

He may be Colombian, but Gabriel García Márquez is receiving plenty of amor from Mexico…

The 85-year-old Nobel Prize-winning writer and journalist, who has been living in Mexico since the 1970s, has been awarded a Fine Arts Medal from the Mexican government.

Gabriel García Márquez

In 1982, García Márquez, who will be the subject of a new film starring Roselyn Sanchez, received the Nobel Prize in Literature “for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts.” He was the first Colombian and fourth Latin American to win a Nobel Prize for Literature.

“On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Gabriel García Márquez, the Fine Arts Medal will be presented to the journalist and writer,” the National Council for Culture and the Arts announced in a statement.

The Fine Arts Medal is the highest honor conferred by Mexico’s National Institute of Fine Arts on outstanding figures in the world of theater, dance, the plastic arts, music or literature.

The award is presented to luminaries who’ve had brilliant careers and significantly influenced the country’s artistic and cultural life.

The last person to be so honored was Argentine poet Juan Gelman, who received the award last weekend for the “talent and tenacity” he has expressed over his long career.

Other recipients of the medal include Mexican architect Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon and cellist Carlos Prieto.

No word yet on when García Márquez‘s medal presentation will take place.

Sánchez to Star in “La Maestra y el Nobel” Film Adaptation

Roselyn Sánchez is about to experience one hundred years of solitude…

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican actress/singer has signed on to star in the film adaptation of Beatriz Parga’s novel La Maestra y el Nobel, which tells the story of Gabriel García Márquez and his beloved first teacher Rosa Fergusson.

Roselyn Sanchez

Sánchez, who will be starring in Lifetime’s Devious Maids sudser next year, will play the Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist’s teacher in the film.

García Márquez, best known for his novels One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, has said of Fergusson: “The one who taught me to read was a very intelligent, very funny, very beautiful teacher, who made me like going to school just to see her.”

La Maestra y El Nobel

Filming on La Maestra y el Nobel would begin at the conclusion of the first season of Devious Maids – sometime in July or August of next year, according to

The Frank Marrero-directed film would shoot in Colombia. García Márquez would be portrayed by Christian Tappán, who currently appears as Pablo Escobar’s cousing in the series Pablo Escobar, el Patrón del Mal.