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J.K. Rowling to Receive First Hans Christian Andersen Award

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Posted by: sue
October 06, 2009, 10:16 AM

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has been selected to receive the very first Hans Christian Anderson Literature Prize next year in Odense, Denmark. Given in honor of the prolific author of classic fairy tales such as The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling and many more beloved stories, the Copenhagen Post reports:

"The literature prize is to be awarded to someone who can directly or indirectly be compared with Hans Christian Andersen.Rowling has sold more than 400 million copies of her Harry Potter books and is often credited with encouraging a new generation of children to enjoy reading.The 44-year-old author will receive the award in a ceremony on 19 October 2010.

The city already has a strong link to Rowling’s books and hosts an annual Harry Potter Festival, which transforms the City Hall into Hogwarts School for witches and wizards. The festival is run in conjunction with the public library to encourage children to read."

As noted above, JKR is due to receive the award in person next year and we will report on that when the ceremony takes place. Congratulations Jo!

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Congrats Jo!

Posted by flowerchild on October 06, 2009, 02:11 PM report to moderator
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congrats! every award is well deserved. she’s the greatest author of all times.

Posted by Matea on October 06, 2009, 02:16 PM report to moderator
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And the accolades continue. :-)) Jo is just THE BEST.

Posted by bettb [ITC!] on October 06, 2009, 02:40 PM report to moderator
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Wow, I had to read the title a few times before I could finally register that! Congrats!
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Posted by fifi ~::~ ıɟıɟ {WBM!} {ITC!} on October 06, 2009, 03:00 PM report to moderator
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Congratulations Jo – You’re the perfect First recipient of this award!

So we’re organising a Leaky trip to Copenhagen Next year then? :D

Posted by coppertopchopperhopper on October 06, 2009, 03:15 PM report to moderator
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I love Hans Christen Anderson! Who is better than Jo to get the first award? I wonder who who will get the award next.

Posted by Hermionerules!1844 on October 06, 2009, 03:31 PM report to moderator
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that is relly cool

Posted by alicia00 on October 06, 2009, 03:42 PM report to moderator
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awwwww.that is SO awesome. congrats jo!!!!!!!

Posted by Peace.Love.Potter ♥ on October 06, 2009, 04:08 PM report to moderator
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CONGRATS JO!LOVE THE HARRY POTTER BOOKS!!!!!!! (Duh.)

Posted by magicmaniac on October 06, 2009, 04:49 PM report to moderator
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I wish I could go!I am in the US. :(

Posted by magicmaniac on October 06, 2009, 04:50 PM report to moderator
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Congratulations J. K. Rowling!!!

Posted by humbert0 on October 06, 2009, 06:48 PM report to moderator
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She so deserved this.

Posted by Brosia, OoM 2 [WBM] on October 06, 2009, 07:22 PM report to moderator
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She more than deserves this award.

Posted by Brosia, OoM 2 [WBM] on October 06, 2009, 07:23 PM report to moderator
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YAY!! Congrats Jo! What a wonderful award! :)

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on October 06, 2009, 07:47 PM report to moderator
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good on Jo…she deserves it too!

Posted by Luce-Lupin !~ROAR~! on October 06, 2009, 09:34 PM report to moderator
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