We have not yet established direct contact with Bob Dylan but I have spoken to one of his close colleagues, who was extremely gracious.
It would be fantastic if Dylan wanted to come to Stockholm in December but if he doesn’t want to, so be it. It has happened before, for different reasons – think Alice Munro, Doris Lessing, Harold Pinter and Elfriede Jelinek, to name a few. Whatever transpires, the award belongs to Dylan, which is what is important as far as the Swedish Academy is concerned.
The Nobel Prize in Literature is a reward for a life’s work. The laureates are given their Nobel Prizes for what they have accomplished, not as an enticement to come to Stockholm.