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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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That is wonderful!

Posted by qwill on October 06, 2009, 10:25 PM report to moderator
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Congratulations, Jo, you deserve it.

Posted by Scribbled [WBM] on October 06, 2009, 11:35 PM report to moderator
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Have visited Hans Christian Andersons place in Denmark it was ausom. I loved it over there good Hot Dogs. Jo it is great that they gave you this award as you have done a lot for getting people of all ages to read again. Thanks.

Posted by HGROSS44 on October 07, 2009, 02:14 AM report to moderator
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Good for Jo!! She deserves loads of awards for her writing!!

Posted by JessSnape on October 07, 2009, 02:24 AM report to moderator
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I would love to go to the Harry Potter festival.

Posted by simos girl {WBM} ~Lemon~ on October 07, 2009, 02:37 AM report to moderator
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very exciting!

Posted by Traci on October 07, 2009, 02:40 AM report to moderator
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Congrats Jo on the award!

Posted by Figment on October 07, 2009, 02:42 AM report to moderator
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Congratulations Jo!!!

Posted by Newt Cauldron on October 07, 2009, 02:53 AM report to moderator
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Can’t think of a better recipient. Congrats Jo!

Posted by Laura Keaton [WBM!] on October 07, 2009, 03:00 AM report to moderator
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Festival sounds fun. Do you think the person writing the article has read HP? “Hogwarts School for witches and wizards…” lol!

Congrats to JK Rowling; a much deserved award. She is right up there with Hans C.

Posted by Smitch on October 07, 2009, 03:10 AM report to moderator
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wow congrats Jo!! thats wonderful and well deserved!!

Posted by Freya-Storm on October 07, 2009, 03:39 AM report to moderator
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Congrats Jo!!!!

Posted by Jane_Potter on October 07, 2009, 03:56 AM report to moderator
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That is quite an honor… And bloody well deserved indeed!

Posted by Won_Two on October 07, 2009, 03:59 AM report to moderator
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Go go Jo!! Congratulations! =D

Posted by axlgirl [FTC!] on October 07, 2009, 04:58 AM report to moderator
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Congrats to Jo! It’s great to see her being honored in this way.

Posted by Eeyore on October 07, 2009, 05:27 AM report to moderator
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