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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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incredible! Congrats jo!

Posted by KC Nox on October 08, 2009, 01:56 PM report to moderator
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Excellent!! Congratulations JKR!! You really deserve this award. Am so glad you are the one who is getting it :)

Posted by HBPFan [ITC!] - CatPhoenix14 on October 08, 2009, 07:31 PM report to moderator
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bam take that she is by far the coolest author to come around for quite along time

Posted by ProfKnight on October 08, 2009, 09:03 PM report to moderator
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bam take that she is by far the coolest author to come around for quite along time

Posted by ProfKnight on October 08, 2009, 09:03 PM report to moderator
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bam take that she is by far the coolest author to come around for quite along time

Posted by ProfKnight on October 08, 2009, 09:04 PM report to moderator
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Well deserved, Jo! Congratulations!

Posted by Fresca ROAR on October 09, 2009, 10:41 AM report to moderator
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bam take that she is by far the coolest author to come around for quite along time

Posted by ProfKnight on October 09, 2009, 01:07 PM report to moderator
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This is awesome!

Posted by on October 10, 2009, 01:40 AM report to moderator
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This is awesome!

Posted by on October 10, 2009, 01:40 AM report to moderator
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CONGRATZ JO!

Posted by hp's dead account on October 10, 2009, 09:57 AM report to moderator
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COPENHAGEN! Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen for MEEE!
This is awesome! The only person more awesome than Jo is Hans Christian Anderson! Congrats!!! :D

Posted by Sarah on October 10, 2009, 01:46 PM report to moderator
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Congrats Jo ♥ :) !

Posted by Heroine Luna on October 10, 2009, 05:07 PM report to moderator
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great congratzzz jo

Posted by sunshinetannee on October 10, 2009, 10:16 PM report to moderator
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I’m so excited for this!!! I love JKR and HCA :)

Posted by Alice Weasley{Weasley's Queen} [ROAR!] on October 11, 2009, 01:29 AM report to moderator
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Congratulations Jo!!!

Posted by Eamonn on October 11, 2009, 07:38 AM report to moderator
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