Famed Japanese author Haruki Murakami has requested that his 2017 book Killing Commendatore be withdrawn from this year’s alternative Nobel Prize in Literature award. This year sees an alternative award called the New Academy Prize in Literature, as the original has been postponed this year following a sexual misconduct scandal.
Murakami expressed gratitude at the nomination, but stated that he was choosing to withdraw in order to “concentrate on writing, away from media attention.” The news was announced via the academy’s Facebook page, where it was stated the academy “regrets but respects his decision.”
The New Academy Prize in Literature was established by several Swedish cultural figures after it was announced that the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature would be postponed after a sexual misconduct scandal at the Swedish Academy came to light. The remaining nominees include Neil Gaiman, Maryse Conde and Kim Thuy. The prize will be awarded in October.
Haruki Murakami is one of Japan most celebrated authors, and is best known for novels such as Norwegian Wood, Kafka on the Shore, and IQ84. Despite his fame, Murakami is known for going out of his way to avoid the limelight.
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The award is supported by Amazon, and the National Literacy Trust and searches for the best children’s stories that Oscar would have loved. This year’s winner will be announced on 9th May but the shortlist for the 2019 prize has just been announced and we have that for you here.
The prize was created in 1918 when Janet Tait Black née Coats, part of the renowned threadmaking family J & P Coats, made provision in her will for the creation of two book prizes, to be awarded annually in memory to her husband, James Tait Black. Read More
On the two previous occasions the prize has been cancelled, a double award has been issues on the following year, and now that the Nobel Academy has reformed after the scandal it’s announced that there will be two Nobel Prizes for Literature awarded this year.