7th member of Nobel Literature awarding body steps down, 2018 award may be cancelled

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7th member of Nobel Literature awarding body steps down, 2018 award may be cancelled

Apr 28 2018

The Swedish Academy says a seventh board member has decided to step down amid a crisis at the prestigious institution that awards the Nobel Prize in literature. The secretive 18-member body has been roiled by an internal feud triggered by a sex-abuse scandal linked to the husband of one of its female members. That member and five others, including the body’s first-ever female leader, stepped down earlier. The Swedish Academy’s permanent secretary told Swedish media earlier this week that it may have to postpone handing out this year’s Nobel literature prize due to the crisis.

Update: According to the UK industry magazine The Bookseller, the crisis at the Swedish Academy has become so serious that the head of the panel that awards the literature prize has said a prize may not be awarded in 2018.

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