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Chris Colfer lands new book deal, announces new companion series

Chris Colfer has signed a multi-faceted new book deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, EW has confirmed exclusively.

The Golden Globe-winning actor and writer, whose The Land of Stories children’s series has spent 48 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, has entered into an agreement in which he’ll write an ultimate insider’s guide to his beloved Land of Stories, as well as develop and scribe two novels in a brand new series. The latter project will be a companion to The Land of Stories, featuring fan-favorite characters while also introducing new ones.

The Land of Stories is described by Colfer as a “modern-day fairytale” which mixes fantastical and adventurous elements. There are six books in the series, and several companion books have already been published.

The new book deal comes on the heels of Colfer partnering with Twentieth Century Fox and Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps to bring The Land of Stories to the big screen, beginning with the first book The Wishing Spell. He’ll make his directorial debut on the movie while also adapting the book for the screen. Colfer previously wrote the screenplay for the big-screen adaptation of his book Struck by Lightning, the Brian Dannelly film in which he starred, as well as an episode of Glee, season 5‘s penultimate hour “Old Dog, New Tricks.”

The insider’s guide to The Land of Stories will be released next fall, and watch for his new book series to launch sometime in 2019.


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You may recognize Chris Colfer from his Golden Globe-winning turn on Ryan Murphy’s hit show Glee, but we guarantee your kids will know him as the beloved author of The Land of Stories, a charming bestselling fairy tale series that wraps up with the sixth book, Worlds Collide, this summer.

Chris Colfer’s ‘Stories’ lands at No. 2

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Gleeful finale: There’s nothing Grimm about this fairy-tale ending. Chris Colfer lands at No. 2 this week with The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide, the sixth and final book in his best-selling series for kids. (The full list will be published on Thursday.)

It’s the highest ranking ever for the young author and former Glee star.

His previous best showing was No. 4 last year with The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey, book five. The series, which began in 2012 with The Wishing Spell (which peaked at No. 42), revolves around girl-and-boy twins Alex and Conner Bailey and their adventures in the world of fairy tales.

In Worlds Collide, Alex goes missing, the fairy-tale characters escape the confines of their storybook worlds, and the Big Apple braces for mayhem.

The next big step for the series is the movies. The Wishing Spell has been optioned by Twentieth Century Fox, with Colfer set to direct and write the script.

On the Today show, Colfer said he got the idea for the series way back when he was “7 or 8 years old,” and his grandmother was his first editor. He’s on the road meeting fans on a book tour that wraps up July 31 in Los Angeles.


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