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10 Oct 2019

Nobel Prize for Literature to name two winners after scandal-hit year

Margaret Atwood is among the names rumoured to be in contention this year
BBC:

The Nobel Prize for Literature is set to be awarded on Thursday. Twice.

The Handmaid's Tale author Margaret Atwood, fellow Canadian Anne Carson and Russian novelist Lyudmila Ulitskaya are among the names thought to be in contention for the prizes this year.

Two winners are set to be named because the prize was not awarded in 2018.

The Swedish Academy, which oversees the prestigious award, suspended it to make changes to its processes after it was engulfed in a sexual assault scandal.

Jean-Claude Arnault, the husband of Academy member Katarina Frostenson, was sentenced to two years in prison in October after being convicted of rape.

Frostenson stepped down, and the events sparked a crisis in the organisation involving allegations of conflict of interest and the leaking of Nobel winners' names. It all resulted in "reduced public confidence in the Academy", according to the awards body.

"Our reputation is everything," said Lars Heikensten, executive director of the Nobel Foundation. "Obviously, it is important to avoid this kind of situation we have been in and of course it cannot be repeated."

The Academy has also made changes to its panel, bringing in several new members since last year. The body will now also allow its members to resign, and no longer tolerate members who have been subject to conflicts of interest or criminal investigations.

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