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Swedish Academy to announce 2 Nobel literature prizes in October

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The foundation behind the Nobel Prize in literature says the winners of the 2019 and the delayed 2018 editions of the prestigious award will both be announced in October by the Swedish Academy, saying that the scandal-rocked body has revamped itself and restored trust.

The Nobel Foundation warns that another group could be picked to award the prize if the academy does not improve its tarnished image.

The foundation says it “believes that the steps that the Swedish Academy has taken and intends to take will create good opportunities for restoring trust in the Academy as a prize-awarding institution,” according to a statement.

The literature prize was canceled last year after a mass exodus at the exclusive Swedish Academy following sex abuse allegations. Jean-Claude Arnault, husband of a former academy member, was convicted last year for two rapes in 2011. Arnault allegedly also leaked the name of Nobel Prize literature winners seven times.

The academy announced May 4 that the prize would be not awarded in 2018 “in view of the currently diminished Academy and the reduced public confidence in the Academy.” It was the first time since wartime 1943 that the prestigious award was not handed out.

— AP

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