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”.
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.
How familiar is this… you see the title flash up of one of your favourite books and you realise it’s being made into a film. You sigh. Will they ruin it? Will they cut out huge chunks? Will the actors look right? Will I wish they’d never made the film and ruined the book? Read More
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.