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J. K. Rowling Receives Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award in Denmark, Updated: Video and Images

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Posted by: Edward
October 19, 2010, 04:02 PM

Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling was on hand in Odense, Denmark today to be the first recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Literature prize.  The BBC has video online from the event, which features Ms. Rowling receiving the award as well as her acceptance speech.   Watch right here!

Update 2:  J. K. Rowling's full speech can now be viewed via this link.

The first set of photos from the event are starting to appear online and can be seen via this link to our Image Galleries.

Update: MSNBC now has a report online which notes:
She is the first recipient of the 500,000 kroner ($93,352) award, which was handed out Tuesday at a ceremony in Odense, Andersen's hometown.
The prize is given to a person who can be compared with Andersen, the Danish writer who was born in 1805 and wrote some 160 fairy tales and poems before his death in 1875.
As we reported previously, this honor is given in the name 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.  We expect more online from the event shortly, so please stay close to Leaky for the latest.

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25 Comments

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1435 Points

Go J.K. !! :)
She completely deserves it.

Posted by Sauvium ROAR!? on October 19, 2010, 04:33 PM report to moderator
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312 Points

Hurray for JK!

Posted by Lucida on October 19, 2010, 04:35 PM report to moderator
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53 Points

I was there. It was absolutely amazing and she deserves the award more than anyone else.

Posted by Lynndis on October 19, 2010, 04:46 PM report to moderator
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and let’s not forget Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little Mermaid” and “The Matchstick Girl.” gave me nightmares when i was 11, LOVE IT!

this just makes me want jo to publish something so badly. anything. her shopping list would do.

Posted by abandonedboyjon on October 19, 2010, 04:51 PM report to moderator
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3455 Points

That is so awesome!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations Jo, you deserve it more than anyone that comes to mind (and really no one does, except you)!!!!! Love the outfit as usual!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on October 19, 2010, 05:05 PM report to moderator
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The article from www.dr.dk stipulates that Jo is suffering from writer’s block – what she actually said during the press conference was “after I finished Harry Potter, I had the oppposite of a writer’s block. Suddenly, I had all those ideas, which I set aside because of Harry Potter.”

I saw a clip from the press con – it was just TOTALLY botched by the reporter.

Posted by chikitcorpuzvesterbaek on October 19, 2010, 05:08 PM report to moderator
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390 Points

Congratulations! =D

Posted by honigmuffin on October 19, 2010, 05:13 PM report to moderator
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I agree with chikicorpuzvesterbaek!
Honestly I was disgusted by the way that they turned it around. I read the article too and it’s completely bs. Pardon my French, but it is. I mean come on. I know I’m a Dane, but other Danes should learn english and learn how to listen as well.

Posted by Lynndis on October 19, 2010, 05:15 PM report to moderator
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@lynndis: they should! LOL part of me wants to send a mail to DR and tell them to send more competent interviewers. there was this segment in TV2, hvor kids were given a chance to ask theie own questions to jo – and they did a better job. pretty insightful questions from kids. jo was right, children are usually the most demanding , yet the most fulfilling readers as well.

Posted by chikitcorpuzvesterbaek on October 19, 2010, 05:25 PM report to moderator
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667 Points

@lynndis: they should! LOL part of me wants to send a mail to DR and tell them to send more competent interviewers. there was this segment in TV2, hvor kids were given a chance to ask theie own questions to jo – and they did a better job. pretty insightful questions from kids. jo was right, children are usually the most demanding , yet the most fulfilling readers as well.

Posted by chikitcorpuzvesterbaek on October 19, 2010, 05:25 PM report to moderator
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@lynndis: they should! LOL part of me wants to send a mail to DR and tell them to send more competent interviewers. there was this segment in TV2, hvor kids were given a chance to ask theie own questions to jo – and they did a better job. pretty insightful questions from kids. jo was right, children are usually the most demanding , yet the most fulfilling readers as well.

Posted by chikitcorpuzvesterbaek on October 19, 2010, 05:26 PM report to moderator
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667 Points

SORRY – touchpad gne haywire!

Posted by chikitcorpuzvesterbaek on October 19, 2010, 05:27 PM report to moderator
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God Bless you Jo ! Just wanted to say WAY TO GO ! Keep up all the great stories!! Harry Potter will always rule in my mind & heart! He’s a lot like me!
I also feel close to Nevil & Luna also See a lot of the time I feel like I Don’t fit in anywhere ether you see I have (CP) ! I feel left out a lot. Harry tries to include everyone even if they’re different !!! That’s only one of the Many Reasons I Love Him & Dan Evey Much! And Always will 4 ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111

Posted by roller on October 19, 2010, 05:28 PM report to moderator
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JK deserves it!!!!!!!!!

Posted by SlyBones on October 19, 2010, 05:35 PM report to moderator
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She MUST write more Potter stories!!!!!! Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by taoist1 on October 19, 2010, 05:41 PM report to moderator
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