Nobel prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez (100 Years of Solitude, Memories of my Melancholy Whores) is denying reports — broadcast widely earlier this year — that he has put down his pen. From The Independent:

“Not only is that not true, but what is true is that I do nothing else but write,” Garcia Marquez said at the weekend. The 82-year-old Colombian father of magical realism, who is probably the best known living author in the Spanish-speaking world, was pressed by the Bogota newspaper El Tiempo on whether it was true that he was to publish no more books.

The Independent also reports that Marquez recently completed an adaptation of his 1996 novel, News of a Kidnapping. The movie will begin production this coming fall and will star Salma Hayek “and possibly Benicio del Toro and Javier Bardem, the Argentinian director Eduardo Costantini said this week.”

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