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I have a wall of shelves in my dining room, here in the house that I am about to leave, which I have always called my "Wall of Perpetual Self-adoration."  It contained all the framed certificates that announced my selection as 'most popular author in..(fill in the blank)'...some honorary degrees, some little bits of statuary engraved with my name as recipient of... ...whatever. Me me me.  It always seemed embarrassingly self-absorbed (hence the title I gave that wall) at the same time that I have always been genuinely appreciative of those honors.

In any case, as I dismantle this house, of course those things hvae come down and been packed into boxes. My new house is smaller and has less wall space. I have paintings I want to hang...many by friends...one wonderful sunflower painting by Ashley Bryan, for example...and I realized I probably would not re-create another Wall of Perpetual Self Adoration.

So I had Boxes of Self-Adoration waiting to be moved, along with boxes of dishes, linens, books, etc. etc.  They were not yet labeled because I hadn't figured out what their label should be! "Reference Books"..easy. "Yellow Crate-and-Barrel China"...easy. But: Narcissism? Awards? Hadn't decided what those boxes were to be called.

While I was in Europe last week, a company called Clean Out Your House came, by pre-arrangement, and hauled away the stuff I had piled in a section of the basement. Old soaker hoses. A broken chair. Bags and bags and bags and boxes and boxes of...stuff.

You can hear what is coming. I had not adequately separated or identified the boxes of awards and plaques and  certificates.

And they are all gone.

The heartbreak of this is not that I needed ever to  display them again, or preen over them...but that each of those awards was selected by people who gave substantial thought to the selection and made a presentation to me, and each of them was individual and appreciated and treasured.

I will remember them always. But I guess I will never see them again.

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Lois Lowry Monday, 06 May 2013

Hello,

This might not be the best place to comment on this but I just wanted to tell you how my 11 year old daughter just finished reading your book "Number The Stars" along with the rest of her class in elementary school. She loved it so much and told me that I "had to" read it. I took her up on this and purchased it on Amazon for my Kindle and just read it through in one sitting. I concur with her judgement. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book that sheds light on the courage of a young girl and her part in standing up to the evils of the Nazis and in helping Denmark's Jews in World War II.

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Lois Lowry Monday, 06 May 2013

Hello,

This might not be the best place to comment on this but I just wanted to tell you how my 11 year old daughter just finished reading your book "Number The Stars" along with the rest of her class in elementary school. She loved it so much and told me that I "had to" read it. I took her up on this and purchased it on Amazon for my Kindle and just read it through in one sitting. I concur with her judgement. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book that sheds light on the courage of a young girl and her part in standing up to the evils of the Nazis and in helping Denmark's Jews in World War II.

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Lois Lowry Friday, 10 May 2013

Hi Lois,

How are you?

I came across to that book of yours, "Giver", few weeks back and really liked it. I was just wondering if you would approve me translating the book in my Native Language, Bengali.

Incase you are not familiar, Bangladesh is a small country with many different problems. People there, including writers, struggle just to make their living. Many poor children and teenagers do not have the luxury to spent for books. Not many writers write book for those age groups. I have decided to write books for them, especially translation. I would love to start this journey with "Giver". I believe children and teens in Bangladesh will love it. My plan is to translate, get published by a local publisher and give away free copies (like charity) to local libraries and schools so that they can share the book among them.

A Brief about me: I am a writer. I have my first book published in February this year and have few publications in papers. I mostly write poems and stories. Currently 3 of my books are under publication.

Should that be fine, can I have your consent in writing. Probably to my email address: rubyet82@gmail.com . Alternatively I could give you my home address, in USA, so that I could receive a copy of your signed approval. Currently, I am also doing my PhD in a US university.

To be noted here, I do this just for the poor kids and hence, do not receive any profit. Rather, I had to pay by myself for the free copies. I can promise this much, the translation will contain your name as a author and I will send you a copy once published.

Please Advise.

Thank you
Ray

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Lois Lowry Sunday, 12 May 2013

Hello Ms. Lowry,
After reading your book "Giver" I was completely intrigued with the idea of a utopian society. Coincidentally, I had to write a paper about a topic I wanted to research. Naturally, I choose to write about utopian societies. I would be grateful if you could help me and answer some questions. Your answers will add to my paper and make it so much better! Thank you for reading this.
To contact me, my email is: stellama98@gmail.com
Thank you again,
Stella

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Lois Lowry Saturday, 20 July 2013

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