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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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Awsome!! Congrats J.K. Rowling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by paul_hp_fan [OoM2] *ROAR* on October 06, 2009, 10:20 AM report to moderator
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Yea, 1st!!!!!!!!

Posted by paul_hp_fan [OoM2] *ROAR* on October 06, 2009, 10:22 AM report to moderator
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YAY! SHE’S COMING TO DENMARK :D
She really deserve this award! <3

Posted by Lilleby on October 06, 2009, 10:34 AM report to moderator
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This is way cool. Not only has JKR won an award for her achievements in literature and encouraging people to read but, she has been awarded the first ever of these awards. That is just awesome. Congratulations JKR :)

Posted by Moose_Starr on October 06, 2009, 10:43 AM report to moderator
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Congratulations Jo!!!
You really REALLY deserve it!

Posted by Esmeralda.ROARღ on October 06, 2009, 10:59 AM report to moderator
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Congrats Jo!

I’d love to go to the festival!

Posted by Rossonera on October 06, 2009, 11:42 AM report to moderator
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She deserves it!
AND this means she is comming to Denmark !!!!
=D

Posted by Nicci Weasley on October 06, 2009, 12:34 PM report to moderator
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awesome! i looked up that festival… it looks like so much fun!

Posted by levi-OH-sa, not levio-SA [neville♥myhero] on October 06, 2009, 12:37 PM report to moderator
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That is absolutely Awesome!! Well deserved award. And to receive the First ever awarded.

Posted by Phoenix1946 on October 06, 2009, 12:38 PM report to moderator
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Congratulations Jo! Wow, the Harry Potter Festival sounds awesome :D

Posted by jenge {Meredith Mooncloud} ~ [ITC!] on October 06, 2009, 12:39 PM report to moderator
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Gz Jo :)!!!!!!!

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on October 06, 2009, 01:02 PM report to moderator
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Congratulations J. K. jRowling!!!! This is just awsome. I like the fact that the city has a Harry Potter festival. That’s just plain COOL.

Posted by Tonks1OoM4,CW[ROAR] on October 06, 2009, 01:16 PM report to moderator
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Yep more than a decade of Harry Potter…This is truly well deserved.

Posted by Marron on October 06, 2009, 01:36 PM report to moderator
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Yeah! I live in Denmark, and the 19 October 2010 I’m going to Odense :D
And she deserves it!!

Posted by ϟTheWizardϟ on October 06, 2009, 01:51 PM report to moderator
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146 Points

congrats Jo!

And man, how cool would that fesitval be?

Posted by skiving snackboxes on October 06, 2009, 02:03 PM report to moderator
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