Cornelia Funke is a New York Times bestselling and multiple
award-winning German author of children's fiction. Funke is best known
for her Inkworld trilogy, including Inkheart which was featured on the
big screen in 2008. Many of her books have now been translated into
English. Her work fits mainly into the fantasy and adventure genres.
She currently lives in Los Angeles, California. Funke has sold over 10
million copies of her books worldwide.
• USC AMF Pen Pal Program
As an award-winning German author of children’s fiction, Cornelia Funke writes stories that appeal to bookish children and inspire those who have not yet had positive reading experiences. Time spent in her early career as a social worker on education-related projects allowed Cornelia to work with children from underprivileged backgrounds, during which she discovered the types of stories that grasp their imagination. Cornelia met with Pen Pal participants to discuss questions of morality addressed in Cornelia's book, The Thief Lord. The discussion between the students at St. Agnes and the bestselling author Cornelia Funke engendered a dynamic forum where the students began pondering their convictions of right and wrong.
• Apron Project
Cornelia has supported the Apron Project, a replicable training program introducing solar ovens with related microcredit enterprises to the women of Mozambique.