…says the Swedish Academy.
This report does a valiant job of the usual “We have no real news, but we’re trying” Nobel story, and mentions:
“The Swedish Academy also tapped two writers to replace two members who died this year.”
If you look at the list of the eighteen people who get to choose the next Nobel Laureate, the really scary bit is the year of birth–two members born in 1918, eight born in the 1920s, four in the 1930s, two in the 1940s, two in the 1950s. The two new members were both born in the 1940s, so I guess this is the Academy’s way of ensuring that the average age remain dangerously youthful.