The University of Texas at Austin will digitize more than 24,000 pages from the archive of Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
The university said a $126,730 grant from the nonprofit Council on Library and Information Resources will enable the school’s Harry Ransom Center to undertake the digitalization. The 18-month project is set to start in June. It will involve scanning manuscripts, notebooks, scrapbooks, photographs and ephemera and making them accessible online. The materials date from 1950 through 2013.
The school announced the acquisition of the archive in November 2014. The writer died in April 2014. The university said the archive opened for research on Oct. 21. A small selection of digitized items from the archive is currently available.
Stamp for ‘Stand and Deliver’ teacher
The U.S. Postal Service has issued a stamp in honor of the late California calculus teacher Jaime Escalante, whose story about pushing underachieving students to succeed was chronicled in the 1988 hit movie “Stand and Deliver.” The stamp art is based on a photograph taken of Escalante in a classroom, the Sacramento Bee said. The Bolivian-born Escalante taught math at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles from 1974 to 1991. He is remembered for his philosophy that every student is capable of high achievement, regardless of their circumstances. He died in 2010.
honored: California-based artist Laura Owens has been named the winner of an annual award named for Robert De Niro’s late father. The $25,000 Robert De Niro Sr. Prize is presented to a midcareer American artist in the field of painting. It was announced by actor Robert De Niro, who created the prize in 2011 to honor his father, a celebrated abstract expressionist painter.
canceled: “The Meredith Vieira Show” is ending after two seasons. Vieira said she’s sorry to see her daytime talk show wrap and thanked her viewers. Vieira’s syndicated program failed to get ratings traction in the competitive daytime arena ruled by shows including “Dr. Phil,” ‘’The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Live With Kelly and Michael.” The show will air through May. Vieira won’t be idle after that: She will head to Rio de Janeiro to help cover the Summer Olympics, airing on NBC in August.