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News Release — May 19, 2015

Gabriel García Márquez Symposium Marks Opening of Author's Archive

The University of Texas at Austin's LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections and Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum, will host the symposium "Gabriel García Márquez: His Life and Legacy" Oct. 28–30 in Austin. In advance of the symposium, the García Márquez archive will open for research in the Ransom Center's Reading and Viewing Room on Oct. 21.

The symposium will explore the life and legacy of the beloved author and public intellectual. International scholars, journalists, filmmakers and former colleagues of García Márquez's will speak about his global influence in the fields of journalism, filmmaking and literature. Panel topics include "Gabo: The Storyteller," "Global Gabo," "Gabo the Journalist" and "Gabriel García Márquez: Cinematic Scribe and Muse." Panelists hail from Colombia, Mexico and the United States.

Author Salman Rushdie will deliver the opening keynote address. Journalist and author Elena Poniatowska will provide the closing keynote.

Registration closes Sept. 30 or when full. The symposium panels will be webcast live.

"Gabriel García Márquez: His Life and Legacy" will be the 12th Flair Symposium, a Ransom Center biennial event that honors the ideals set forth by Fleur Cowles and her landmark Flair magazine.

The week prior to the symposium, the Ransom Center will open García Márquez's archive for research. At that time, an online finding aid will provide an inventory and description of the collection. Patrons will be able to access the collection in the Center's Reading and Viewing Room.

Information about using the collections, including establishing a research account, can be found online.

The García Márquez archive is currently being processed and cataloged.

High-resolution press images from the García Márquez archive are available.

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