Bob Dylan Finally Accepts Nobel Prize for Literature

By March 29, 2017Culture, Literature, News

Opinion was divided when it was announced that the singer/songwriter Bob Dylan would be awarded the Nobel prize for literature back in October of last year. Further controversy was caused when Dylan failed to pick up the award or give the lecture that’s required in order to receive the prize and the 8 million kroner ($900,000/£727,000) that goes with it.

As the BBC reports, it has now been announced by the academy that it has arranged to meet Dylan privately in the Swedish capital of Stockholm where he is set to perform a concert. Dylan will not be giving a lecture in person but will apparently record one.

Permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, Prof Sara Danius, said in a blog post:

“The good news is that the Swedish Academy and Bob Dylan have decided to meet this weekend. The Academy will then hand over Dylan’s Nobel diploma and the Nobel medal, and congratulate him on the Nobel Prize in Literature. The setting will be small and intimate, and no media will be present; only Bob Dylan and members of the Academy will attend, all according to Dylan’s wishes.”

Dylan will not be the first winner to deliver a taped lecture. 2013’s winner, Alice Munro, did the same. Dylan is the first song writer to win the award and the first American since Toni Morrison won in 1993.

Eyebrows were raised when it took more than two weeks for Dylan to make any sort of public comment on winning the prize and he did not attend the ceremony in December. Dylan has since stated that the honour left him “speechless”.

Lego Announces New Harry Potter Sets, Take a Sneak Peek!

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With the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2016, and the upcoming release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, it’s safe to say that the magic of Harry Potter has returned to our normal muggle lives. If you’re a big Harry Potter fan, and you enjoy constructing LEGO kits, then you’ll be pleased to learn that LEGO has announced a new range of Harry Potter-themed LEGO sets are set to be released this Summer. Read More

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Author Joe Hill (Strange Weather), has always had a hankering for the rock star life but the life of an author is far from rock and roll. Instead Hill has decided to come up with some other way of creating his own vinyl LP- by recording an audiobook instead of an album!

The vinyl recording will be narrated by actor Nate Corddry, and will feature a special cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses,” recorded specifically for the record. The Dark Carousel vinyl package will include original artwork (see below), two colourful special edition records, and a full-length download of the audiobook.

The first vinyl printing of Hill’s Dark Carousel will be for a limited 2,500 copies, and will be out on the 20th of April.

Keep an eye out here at For Reading Addicts for where to pre-order yours.

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Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is back!

The Hexagonal Phase is arriving in 2018 on BBC Radio 4 for the 40th anniversary of the popular book/radio play/film/television series. The radio play is based on And Another Thing... by Eoin Colfer, with additional material by Douglas Adams, and adapted and directed by Dirk Maggs.

And Another Thing… was commissioned in 2009 by the Douglas Adams Estate to mark the 30th anniversary of the first novel. It is set to include unpublished  material by Douglas Adams, sourced from notebooks full of Hitchiker’s notes that have been kept safe in the library at St. John’s College, Cambridge.

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