German author Cornelia Funke

Cornelia Funke, born in West Germany, moved to the US in 2005 and still writes in German. The successful author of the “Inkworld” trilogy returns with a new book and a new creative partner.

Cornelia Funke, author of the book Inkheart arrives for the premiere of Inkheart at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square Theater in New York on January 15, 2009. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh) Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

Read the LA Times story:

The writer of the Inkworld trilogy returns with a fresh work, ‘Reckless,’ and a creative partner, Lionel Wigram. Tucked in the back of a lush garden exploding with flowers, Cornelia Funke’s study is a wonderland of books. Her desk is cluttered with tomes about fairy tales, which are stacked next to those about mining, alongside travel guides for Spain, France and England. A sliding ladder leads to an upper tier of titles, next to a closet that is also chock-full of hardcovers and paperbacks.

Much like Meggie and the other characters in her Inkworld trilogy, the 51-year-old author of fantasies for middle-schoolers is a self-described “book maniac,” whose writing room is ringed with the works that have helped her research — and the string of books that research has helped yield: “Dragon Rider,” “The Thief Lord” and now “Reckless,” which will be released on Tuesday. With an initial worldwide print run exceeding 1 million copies, “Reckless” is the first in a series for readers 10 and older about two brothers lured through a mirror into a world populated with dwarves and fairies and gargoyles.

And it is a first in many other ways as well. It is the first time a Funke book will be simultaneously released in 12 countries. The first time Funke will do an international webcast to be screened at live events around the globe (10:30 a.m. Tuesday PST, http://www.get-reckless.com/events.html). The first time she is touring the U.S. with a theatrical storytelling event, including a stop at the Brentwood Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday.

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