Barry Cunningham, Harry Potter’s Fairy Godfather

Last fall I was at FILIJ, a fabulous children’s book festival in Mexico City, along with many luminaries including Barry Cunningham, a legendary British editor who is now perhaps best known for having discovered Harry Potter. It was lovely spending time with Barry, a delightful fellow. Attendees constantly requested photos with him, something he did with good-nature each time. Barry’s own publishing house, Chicken House, continues to produce stellar books which are available in the US through Scholastic.  Now there is are a lovely BBC video and somewhat longer podcast featuring Barry relating the publishing beginnings of that Boy Who Lived.

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