Bob Dylan, the American songwriter who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016, is slated to receive the prize in a low-key meeting with the Swedish Academy in Stockholm this weekend, local media reported Wednesday.
But it is still unclear whether Dylan will give a lecture, required by laureates to collect the almost 900,000 U.S. dollars in prize money, Swedish Television reported on Wednesday.
Dylan did not attend the prize ceremony on Dec. 10 last year. Instead, he sent his friend and fellow artist Patti Smith.
There has been a lot of speculation as to whether Dylan will hold the lecture this weekend, as he is giving two concerts in Stockholm. But Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, wrote on her blog Wednesday that no lecture is scheduled for this weekend. “The Academy has reason to believe that a taped version will be sent at a later point,” she wrote.
The last Nobel Laureate to give a taped lecture was Nobel Laureate Alice Munro in 2013.
The Swedish Academy is the institution that awards the Nobel Prize in literature. During the meeting the Nobel Prize Certificate and the Nobel Prize medal will be handed over.
“The Meeting will be small, intimate and there won't be any media present,” Danius wrote in her blog.
Laureates are required to hold a lecture within six months from Dec. 10 to receive the prize money. After June 10, the money is forfeited, Swedish Television news reported.