In late 2016, it was announced that singer/songwriter Bob Dylan had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His winning of the award caused a slight stir among some bibliophiles whilst others argued his soulful lyrics were worthy of such a prize. Things were further complicated when it was revealed that Dylan had ignored the academy’s attempts to contact him.
After several weeks, Dylan finally revealed he would accept the award but stated he could not travel to Stockholm for the Nobel Prize Ceremony due to “pre-existing commitments”. U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, Azita Raji, gave Dylan’s speech at the banquet and Patti Smith accepted Dylan’s Nobel with a performance of his song A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.
In early April the academy met with Dylan in a private ceremony where he received the medal and diploma. You can know listen to Dylan’s lecture which praises books such as Moby Dick, The Odyssey, and All Quiet on the Western Front. The lecture was recorded and uploaded to the academy’s website.
You can listen to it for yourself below:
The prize will honour one work of fiction, or nonfiction that has been translated into English in the US, and begins at the 69th National Book Awards this November. Read More
Author and screenwriter Bridget Lawless created the Staunch book prize which will open to entries on February 22nd until April 15th 2018. Her wish is to change the overused trope of using violence against women as a plot device. The prize will be given to the best thriller novel in which no woman is raped, murdered, or beaten. Asking for something refreshing in the world of thriller fiction, her website states:
“As violence against women in fiction reaches a ridiculous high, the Staunch Book Prize invites thriller writers to keep us on the edge of our seats without resorting to the same old clichés – particularly female characters who are sexually assaulted (however ‘necessary to the plot’), or done away with (however ingeniously).”
The winner will be announced on the 25th of November to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.