Farewell for Now

Dear readers,

We have been thrilled to bring to you several of Cornelia’s many titles over the past four years. From the Reckless series, which started it all, to a new children’s book about a book waiting to be read, to bringing the Wild Chicks to the States, it’s been a joy to publish, to meet so many wonderful readers on tour, and the work on these magical stories together.

But now the time has come for Breathing Books to wind down, and hang up its proverbial hat. The Rim of Heaven, Cornelia’s foundation which supports environmental projects, and initiatives to inspire creativity in children, is growing, and so this is less a door shutting and more the close of a chapter—and a very good chapter, indeed,

You can still find Cornelia’s stories wherever books are sold! And follow her official Instagram (@cornelia.funke.official) and corneliafunke.com for updates!

Readers, thank you. Onwards!

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Werewolf Mythologies & Symbolism

Werewolf mythologies are found in cultures across the world, from tales in early Norse folklore to the Beast of Gévaudan in eighteenth-century France. Werewolf legends clearly have a place in the human psyche; since 1850, thirteen people have been reported to strongly believe they are, or can, transform into a werewolf. As one of the only mythical creatures that shifts between human and beast, werewolves are unique to the pantheon, and are often representative of the “two sides” of humanity.

On the Books That Expand Our Horizons

In times like these, with gun violence and bigotry running rampant in our home country, this social media manager has been thinking about reading as self care, and also as a perspective-expanding tool. Stories allow us to very-about-literally place ourselves in other person’s shoes—experience what they experience moving through the world.

Reading as Self Care

There’s a lot going on in the world, friends. From the injustices at the U.S. border, to flooding in the Midwest, to rising tensions with Iran and the earthquakes in nearby Ridgecrest…at times, it can get pretty overwhelming and anxiety-inducing.

In times like these, it can be important to hold on to the things that give you joy and, if you’re a book lover, you probably already know that reading is definitely one of those things. Curling up with a book can provide an opportunity to unplug, and a temporary escape into an entirely different world.

PAN'S LABYRINTH: THE LABYRINTH OF THE FAUN is here!

Happy publication month to Cornelia’s latest novel, Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun!! Published with HarperCollins, Bloomsbury Publishing, and elsewhere around the globe, it ‘s already being received with critical acclaim (including a starred Kirkus Review!), and represents her first fiction collaboration with Guillermo del Toro, the film’s creator.

Read more of what critics are saying by clicking on the links below!

Migration & the Immigrant Experience in Literature

Any week is a good week to talk about the importance of—and need for—the representation of diverse experiences and voices in literature. For much of our history, the canon of literature has been largely white, largely male, largely straight—and very much centered around American and white European voices. But literature can also share the stories of those whose voices have been marginalized and Otherized: those whose stories (like all our stories) are at least in part shaped by their overlapping identities.

At this present moment, at this point in our country’s history, as many (often white, often male) people engage in xenophobia targeted at immigrants of color, we thought it would be a good moment to talk about a few books that center around individual immigrant experiences.

To help those navigating the U.S. immigration system, organizations like RAICES, The Bail Project, KIND (Kids In Need of Defense), and the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights all supply immigrants with legal aid and resources, and do worlds of good with the donations they receive.

What We're Reading Now: SOUTH AND WEST by Joan Didion

Joan Didion’s South and West, published in 2017, is a slim volume excerpted from Didion’s notes during two periods—one in 1970, on a roadtrip in the American South, and another in 1976, around the Patty Hearst trial.

“The idea was to start in New Orleans and from there we had no plan.” This book of essays sends the reader right back to the 70s, with Didion on the road or at the writing desk, yet there’s a sense of timelessness, as if the era these notes were written in wasn’t half-a-century from this. While the pieces Didion may have intended to write in the 70s didn’t pan out, the notes left from each period paint clearly snapshots of both times with full force of Didion’s shrewd yet dispassionate eye for detail.