Nobel Lit Prize to be announced 10 Oct; Algerian Assia Djebar among guesses

AFP, Monday 7 Oct 2013

As the Nobel season kicks off Monday, the Nobel Literature Prize winner will be announced on Thursday, 10 October, says the Swedish academy

Nobel medal
The Nobel Prize medal

Nobel Prize permanent secretary Peter Englund will make the much-awaited announcement for the Nobel Literature Prize winner in Stockholm on Thursday 10 October at 1:00 pm (1100 GMT).

The date for the literature prize -- traditionally announced on a Thursday during the Nobel week -- is revealed only a few days in advance, while the dates for the other prizes are known several months ahead of time. 

The Nobel season kicks off Monday with the announcement of the medicine prize, followed by the physics prize on Tuesday and chemistry on Wednesday. The peace prize winner is scheduled to be announced on Friday, and the economics prize on Monday, 14 October.

In line with tradition, the Swedish Academy gave no indication of its choice for the literature prize. It never reveals the names it is considering, and its deliberations are sealed for 50 years.

No favourites have emerged for the 2013 prize, but bookmaker Ladbrokes had Japanese author Haruki Murakami as the favourite with 3-to-1 odds, followed by US novelist Joyce Carol Oates at 6-to-1, Hungary's Peter Nadas at 7-to-1 and Norwegian author and dramatist Jon Fosse at 9-to-1.

Experts in Stockholm's literary circles suggested Belarussian writer Svetlana Alexievich or Algerian novelist Assia Djebar.

Last year, the honour went to Chinese novelist Mo Yan.

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