After months of will-he-or-won't-he suspense, it appears the matter has finally been settled: Bob Dylan will physically accept his Nobel Prize for Literature this weekend (April 1-2), when he arrives in Sweden to perform at a pair of Stockholm dates.
Professor Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, confirmed Dylan's involvement in a blog entry on Wednesday (Mar. 29), entitled "Good News About Dylan." "The Swedish Academy is very much looking forward to the weekend and will show up at one of the performances," she writes. "Please note that no Nobel Lecture will be held. The Academy has reason to believe that a taped version will be sent at a later point."
In December, Dylan informally accepted the award, submitting a speech assuring that he was "honored to be receiving such a prestigious prize" and that for him to "join the names on such a list [of Nobel Prize recipients] is truly beyond words." However, as the BBC points out, for him to actually receive the cash prize of 8 million kroner (roughly $900,000 American), he must actually deliver a lecture by June, or forfeit the money. (Giving a pre-taped lecture is not unprecedented -- Darius cites Alice Munro's 2013 address as the latest one to be recorded ahead of time.)
Danius goes on to explain that the meet-up will likely be one of minimal spectacle: "The setting will be small and intimate, and no media will be present; only Bob Dylan and members of the Academy will attend, all according to Dylan's wishes."