Publisher and Editor BARRY CUNNINGHAM

Visits the Book Clubs


"If it wasn’t for Barry Cunningham, Harry Potter might still be languishing in his cupboard under the stairs…"
-J. K. Rowling

Barry Cunningham, publisher and editor at Chicken House Books, visited with the Young Critics' Club and Young Young Critics' Clubs on Friday, October 20th, 2006. You may not recognize Barry's name, but you will definitely know the authors he works with. He discovered and published J.K. Rowling in the U.K. before she was published in the U.S. For his publishing company, Chicken House Books, he has put out books by Cornelia Funke, Kevin Brooks, and Stuart Hill, among others. Mr. Cunningham talked about J.K Rowling and the Harry Potter books, Cornelia Funke and the trials and tribulations of translating a book into English, the difficulties of adapting books into movies, and the personalities of the writers that he works with. Barry also brought lots of galleys of upcoming books from Chicken House, which he talked about, and which were then raffled off to lucky book club members!

Mrs. Mac, Mr. Cunningham, and Mrs. Clark. Books published by Chicken House can be seen in the background

Mr. Cunningham answers YCC members' questions

Mrs. Mac and Barry Cunningham listen to a question

The sequel to Cry of the Icemark, by Stuart Hill, is on the table next to Mr. Cunningham


Check out some video clips of Barry Cunningham!

[They are in .WMV format, which is playable with Windows Media Player. Some of these clips are long-ish and may take a moment to load.]

Some of the books published by Chicken House:

Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke Inkspell, by Cornelia Funke  The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke Dragon Rider, by Cornelia Funke   Kissing the Rain, by Kevin Brooks  Cry of the Icemark, by Stuart Hill  The Fish in Room 11, by Heather Dyer

Perrot Memorial Library Youth Services Department, Old Greenwich, Connecticut