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Read for Your Life #4

Read for Your Life #4

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Read for Your Life #4

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15 авг. 2010 г.
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9780547482729
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is publishing a monthly series of e-only essays to correspond with Katherine Paterson’s two-year term as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. The subjects of the essays include: writing and literature for young people, the wonder and imagination found within great books, common questions novice writers ask, and Katherine’s own personal experiences throughout her historic career.
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Katherine Paterson is one of the world’s most celebrated and beloved authors. Among her many awards are two Newberys and two National Book Awards, and she was recently named a "Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. She has been published in more than 22 languages in a variety of formats, from picture books to historical novels.


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Read for Your Life #4 - Katherine Paterson

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The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Acceptance Speech May 30, 2006

As you surely know by now, I was awakened on the morning of March 15 by the ringing of the telephone beside my bed. My immediate thought was It must be bad news. My husband thought it was someone wanting a taxi, our number being very close to the number of a local cab company. But it was neither bad news nor a wrong number. It was Larry Lempert calling on behalf of the Astrid Lindgren jury to tell me that I was their choice for this year's prize.

You won't be surprised to know that I did not go back to sleep. John and I both got up at once. I didn't want the Swedish press to catch me in my nightgown even through a telephone line, so I dressed as fast as I could as I said to John, Why me? People accuse me of being modest. I'm not modest; I'm a good reader. So I am still marveling that this wonderful jury has chosen to honor my books in this extraordinary way. I am truly grateful—I really am—but the question remains: Why me?

I have many friends who are very fine writers, and it seems to me that all of them knew by the time they were ten years old that they had been born to be writers. When I was ten years old I wasn't sure whether I wanted to be a missionary or a movie star. Obviously, I never became a movie star.

So what happened to turn me into a writer? First of all, I was read to. Like Philip Pullman, I hold Kipling's Just So Stories among my earliest memories. I loved The Elephant's Child devotedly, partly, perhaps, because I too was plagued by satiable curiosities, which often led me astray.

I once read a speech by a fine writer who said that the thing that qualified her to be a writer for children was her photographic memory of childhood. I don't have a photographic memory of any event of my childhood. Indeed, many events of my childhood are lost or blurred. But I do have, I think, a good emotional memory. I remember not so much the details of the events themselves but how they felt to me.

I remember how it felt living in a loving family among loving Chinese neighbors. One of the friends who lived behind our gate was a Mrs. Liu. I would appear at her door nearly every day precisely at lunchtime, and she would always welcome me, feed me her delicious Chinese food, and

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