Haruki Murakami withdraws from The New Academy Prize in Literature

By on September 16, 2018

As previously announced, four authors have been named as finalists for The New Academy Prize in Literature. The jury is currently in the process of selecting the laureate. When the jury notified the finalists, one of the authors requested that his nomination be withdrawn.

In an email to The New Academy, Haruki Murakami expressed his gratitude at being nominated, writing “It is a great honor for me.” Murakami then said his preference is to concentrate on his writing, away from media attention, and asked that his nomination be withdrawn. He concluded by wishing the New Academy success with the Prize.

The New Academy regrets but respects his decision.

Of the 47 authors nominated by Swedish librarians, over 32 000 people from around the world have voted for their favourite candidates, which left four authors on the short list for the award: Kim Thúy (Vietnam/Canada), Haruki Murakami (Japan), Neil Gaiman (UK/US) and Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe/France).

The three remaining candidates have all expressed enthusiasm for their nomination for the prize.

The New Academy Prize announcement will take place at Stockholm Public Library , October 12 at 12.00.

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