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Author's Festival

Multiple award winning children's fiction writer, Cornelia Funke, came to  Kettering to give a reading and share insight about writing and illustrating. She has been referred to as the J.K. Rowling of Germany!
From her website:

"Of course I also wanted to do something that would make the world a little better, a little less violent. I did work with children on an activity playground for a while, building huts and generally teaching them not to hit others as soon as they didn’t get what they want. But slowly, very slowly, did I realise that I needed to do something with the talents I was given or otherwise I could never be completely happy. That's when I decided to become a book illustrator – because I always enjoyed a good story and I always enjoyed drawing pictures.

But when I read most of the stories I was given to illustrate I got more and more bored. So I decided to write stories of my own. And it was only when I started writing stories that I discovered that telling the stories was even more fun than drawing the pictures. And so I became a full time storyteller and writer and now I am completely happy. I wrote my first story when I was nearly 35 years old! I was ancient!"

Cornelia Funke was born in Dorsten, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. She has written picture books as well as novels for children. Though she is best known for her Inkheart trilogy, Ms. Funke has written stories that appeal to children of all ages. Many of her books, which fit mainly into the fantasy and adventure genres, have been translated into English. Some of her titles include:

    The Thief Lord (2000)

Dragon Rider (2004)

    When Santa Fell to Earth (2006)

Igraine the Brave (2007)

Ghost Knight (2012)


     The Princess Knight (2003)

    Pirate Girl (2005)

    The Wildest Brother (2006)

New and gently used books are available for purchase locally at:


5535 E. Spring St. 

Long Beach, CA 90808


Click on the file below for a flyer of the event. Bring this in to Gatsby Books and receive a 25% discount on any gently used book written by Cornelia Funke.

Click on this link to read more about Cornelia Funke.

For some great reading, check out the titles published by our past visiting authors.
  • 2012 - Barbara Saltzman
  • 2011 - Caroline Arnold
  • 2010 - Greg Trine
  • 2009 - Kathryn Hewitt
  • 2008 - Monte and Claire Montgomery
  • 2007 - Stacia Deutsche
  • 2006 - Dianne MacMillan
  • 2005 - Tim Egan
  • 2004 - Deborah Turner
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