Gabriel Gárcia Márquez is one of the most famous Latin American authors in the world. He was born on March 6, 1928, in the small town of Aracataca in Northern Colombia. In 1940, he was given a scholarship to attend a prestigious secondary school for gifted students, which is where he began to really love literature. He later went to law school, but was disinterested in his studies and preferred to read poetry rather than law. He eventually left law school to study journalism. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. He eventually came to write many famous novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude in 1967 and Love in a Time of Cholera in 1985. He is still alive, and remains one of the most esteemed authors of the 20th century. For more information about his life and works, you can visit this site.