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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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1397 Points

Congrats, on yet another well deserves award!

Posted by Blatcher(ROAR) on October 07, 2009, 05:35 AM report to moderator
310 Points

As if there was any doubt. Go Jo! She deserves it. And the Harry Potter Festival sounds amazing. I wish I could be there to see it.

Posted by accioangela on October 07, 2009, 05:50 AM report to moderator
507 Points

congrats she deff deserves it

Posted by lilmisssnape on October 07, 2009, 07:21 AM report to moderator
2661 Points

Wow that’s so cool, she totally deserves it! But I wish my town had a Harry Potter festival…

Posted by Wingardium Leviosa ❄WBM❄ on October 07, 2009, 07:43 AM report to moderator
654 Points

congrats Jo! you really deserve it

Posted by mjkalldaway (ROAR) on October 07, 2009, 08:11 AM report to moderator
3048 Points

Congratulations to her on securing this award! She certainly does deserve it.

Posted by Kirk on October 07, 2009, 08:35 AM report to moderator
3455 Points

She deserves this and each and every award granted to her. You are amazing Jo! Conrats! (i wish i could go to that festival!)

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on October 07, 2009, 08:55 AM report to moderator
594 Points

Hmmmm, next year’s RingCon will be 15-17 Oct, and this award ceremony will take place two days after that… Hmmmm indeed, wonder if another extended RingCon trip is going to be in order :)

Congrats to Jo, she totally deserves this award. I can’t think of another writer who would deserve it more than our beloved Jo.

Posted by MischiefManaged on October 07, 2009, 09:46 AM report to moderator
556 Points

congratulations, JKR!!!! yes, she deserves it…

Posted by Astha on October 07, 2009, 09:56 AM report to moderator
16258 Points


Posted by Gryffindor1991 {ROAR!!!} on October 07, 2009, 10:12 AM report to moderator
4852 Points

congratulations JKR!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on October 07, 2009, 10:25 AM report to moderator
3560 Points

She almost single-handedly changed the way that children looked at reading. I salute her.

Posted by Brosia, OoM 2 [WBM] on October 07, 2009, 11:25 AM report to moderator
2224 Points

Awesome! Congratz, Jo.

Posted by on October 07, 2009, 11:36 AM report to moderator
2224 Points

Awesome! Congratz, Jo.

Posted by on October 07, 2009, 11:36 AM report to moderator
268 Points

Beautifull! She deserves it! Very very nice to know about it!

Posted by Hmrc5 on October 07, 2009, 12:53 PM report to moderator
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