Funke News

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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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!

The Labyrinth of the Faun

We have a big announcement from Cornelia and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro: the novelization of Pan’s Labyrinth that they’ve collaborated on, will be published in the US and UK on July 2nd, 2019! Cornelia worked with del Toro on The Labyrinth of the Faun for several years, exchanging drafts and notes. Alongside the novelization of his story, Cornelia also wrote nearly a dozen short stories, offshoots of the original tale often about characters on the periphery, which expand upon motifs from the original.

Dragons Incoming!

There will be dragons in 2019! If you’ve visited the Writing Barn lately, you may have noticed that Cornelia’s January to-do list includes “Dragon Rider book 3”, so it seems like Ben and Firedrake may be flying into a new adventure! And, While it’s too early to say when the third Dragon Rider book will be published, there will be new Dragon Rider stories in fall 2019—an animated film called Dragon Rider, based on the first book in the series!

A Look Inside INKHEART. . .

DW Akademie recently published this in-depth piece that takes a look at the creation of Inkheart. Did you know?…after Inkheart was published, Cornelia Funke quickly followed it with Inkspell and Inkdeath, each coming out just two years later!

Find out more about Inkheart, and the story behind the story, here.

The Griffin's Feather Notebooks

Whenever Cornelia Funke starts thinking about a new story, she starts with an A4 notebook.

Story ideas often begin for Cornelia with jotted notes, sketches, and clippings of pictures that catch her eye. Then those jotted notes—a character’s habits, description of a landscape—grow until she’s finished the first handwritten draft!

The Glass of Lead & Gold: A Magical Review

Our friends at Pushkin Press published Cornelia Funke’s latest addition to the Reckless series/MirrorWorld this fall: The Glass of Lead & Gold.

In the snow-covered city of Londra, young Tabetha survives by finding treasures in the mudbanks of the river Themse. On Christmas Eve, a sinister stranger asks her to keep her eyes open for a priceless, long-lost magical object: the Glass of Lead and Gold.