Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Dylan unlikely to attend ceremony

"Canadian Press

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Bob Dylan.(AP Archive/Rogelio Solis)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Bob Dylan, whose memoir Chronicles, Vol. I is nominated for a National Book Critics Circle prize, will likely be too busy with his day job to attend the March 18 ceremony.

'Bob Dylan is honoured by the NBC nomination, however, he'll be on a concert tour in March,' Simon & Schuster spokeswoman Victoria Meyer said Tuesday. Meyer added that the publisher would 'work with his office to see if there's any way he can come to the NBC ceremony.'

Chronicles was nominated Saturday in the biography/autobiography category, with other finalists including Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton and a biography of Shakespeare, Stephen Greenblatt's Will in the World.

Virtually all literary efforts by rock stars, from the Kinks' Ray Davies to Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, are laughed off by critics, but Dylan has been praised for an unusually rich and engaging book, writing passionately about influences such as Woody Guthrie and Robert Johnson and recalling his years as a young singer-songwriter in New York's Greenwich Village.

Dylan's book, published last fall, also has enjoyed commercial success. Two more volumes are planned.

The National Book Critics Circle is a not-for-profit organization of about 600 book editors and critics.

The Canadian Press 2005"

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