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:
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Leadbeater has been publishing his own work online for about five years, having published more than twenty thrillers to take. Now writing full time, Leadbeater estimates he has sold more than 750,000 ebooks and is thrilled to be the first winner of the Amazon award, describing it as ‘a dream come true’.
The Man Booker is one of the most critically acclaimed literary prizes and comes with a £50,000 top prize. This year’s Man Booker Dozen was selected by a panel of five judges: Baroness Lola Young (Chair); literary critic, Lila Azam Zanganeh; Man Booker Prize shortlisted novelist, Sarah Hall; artist, Tom Phillips CBE RA; and travel writer, Colin Thubron CBE. Read More
Last year was the first year that the Man Booker International recognised not only the winning author, but also the translator too. Both winner and translator will receive the prize, £25,000 cash, plus a further £1,000 for making the shortlist. The winner was announced last night at an awards dinner at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Read More
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