As he neared “The End” of the fourth volume in his bestselling The Land of Stories series, author Chris Colfer had an epiphany.

“I just knew I wasn’t done,” said Colfer, who gained famed for his portrayal of Kurt Hummel on the hit TV series Glee. “I started to get so depressed as I was finishing what was supposed to be the last book that I asked my editor if I could write another one.”

Sure, said Little, Brown’s Alvina Ling. In fact, she ordered two more installments. The fifth, An Author’s Odyssey, publishes July 12 and will be supported by a 10-city tour. The sixth will follow in July 2017.

But there’s more. What began in 2012 as a two-book deal has now grown into a nine-book (and counting), multi-format series, in which siblings Alex and Connor tumble into the land of fairy tales, which is a far cry from the setting described in their storybook. The books have been translated into 19 languages, with more than two million copies sold in the U.S. alone.

In October, Little, Brown will release a companion, The Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales, which will contain 30 full-color illustrations by Brandon Dorman, who also did the artwork for Colfer’s novels and picture book The Curvy Tree. The deluxe gift book will contain a collection of 24 fairy tales, designed to replicate the Fairy-Tale Treasury book that started Colfer’s main characters, Alex and Conner, on their adventures in the first book. Additionally, The Mother Goose Diaries and Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide to Royalty, which were first published in a boxed set in 2015, will be available individually for the first time in July 2017.

It’s pretty impressive for the 26-year-old California native, who loved having stories read to him as a child, but had trouble reading himself. “It’s never been diagnosed but dyslexia runs in my family, so that might have been part of it. But also, I write pretty hysterical e-mails that are missing like 15 words. It might be some kind of actual disorder but I prefer to think of it as having my own special language,” Colfer said.

He fell in love with fairytales listening to his mother read them aloud. He could not get enough. “I would ask her all kinds of questions about the characters and their motives. I wanted the back story,” Colfer recalls. “And my mom wouldn’t have the answers. Finally she said, ‘Why don’t you write your own fairy tales?’ ”

Colfer did try – the series opener, The Wishing Spell, is dedicated to his grandmother, whom he calls his first editor and who told him, “Christopher, I think you should wait until you finish elementary school before worrying about being a failed writer.” It was during those elementary school years that Colfer was often expected to entertain himself because his younger sister had a “very rare and awful form of epilepsy” that required the majority of his parents’ attention. “Writing or even just thinking up stories was wonderful therapy for me, then and now,” Colfer said. “Whenever I am overwhelmed or sad or mad, I retreat to writing. This series has been an escape for me.”

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Source: publishersweekly.com

June 28, 2016 Posted by Kate

June 28, 2016 Posted by Kate

2016: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie > Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie | Drag Queens [Screenshots] [+ 36]

June 27, 2016 Posted by Kate

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What we know so far:

New York City – Tuesday July 12, 7:00pm
Barnes & Noble Union Square

A limited number of wristbands will be available beginning at 9:00AM the day of the event. Must purchase An Author’s Odyssey (or provide proof of purchase from this BN location or BN.com) to receive a wristband for event access. Wristbands will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. This is a special launch event presentation with pre-signed books. There will be no signing line.


Philadelphia – Wednesday July 13, 7:00pm
Children’s Book World

A ticket to the event is included with the purchase of Land of Stories #5: An Author’s Odyssey. Land of Stories #5: An Author’s Odyssey must be pre-purchased at Children’s Book World either in person or over the phone (we will not be accepting orders via email.) Books will be pre-signed by Mr. Colfer and distributed at the event. 5 lucky winners (plus 1 guest each) will be randomly chosen for a Meet and Greet with Chris at the event.

(The price of admission will be $19.99+tax)

Columbus – Thursday, July 14, 7:00pm
Bexley High School

Chris has put together a video presentation that will be followed by a Q&A. Five lucky fans and a ticketed guest of their choice will be chosen at random for a chance to participate in a meet & greet with Chris Colfer after the presentation.

(The price of admission will be $19.99 (includes a signed copy of The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey!))

Naperville – Friday, July 15, 7:00pm
Naperville North High School auditorium

This is a special presentation event only. Chris will speak to the crowd and take questions from the audience. All books will be presigned (no personalization) and fans will not have an opportunity to meet Chris.
(Alla tweeted though that there’ll be a raffle to win a meet and greet [Alla’s tweet])

(Ticket package for two $15, Ticket for one $25)

Atlanta – Saturday, July 16, 4pm
Decatur High School Performing Arts Center

“We hope to post information about acquiring tickets shortly. We are awaiting confirmation from Mr. Colfer’s publisher.”

(Tickets will be available starting on Thursday, June 30th, at 10 a.m. at Little Shop of Stories or over the phone (404-373-6300))

Saint Louis – Sunday, July 17, 7:00pm
560 Music Center

This is a special presentation event only. Chris will speak to the crowd and take questions from the audience. All books will be presigned (no personalization) and fans will not have an opportunity to meet Chris.

($22 admits one and includes one pre-signed copy of An Author’s Odyssey. $27 admits two, includes one pre-signed copy of An Author’s Odyssey, and $5 will be rebatable towards the purchase of a second copy of An Author’s Odyssey at this event.)

Dallas – Wednesday, July 20, 7:30 pm – 9:00pm
Location: Horchow Auditorium

Chris Colfer will pre-sign books, which will be available for purchase at the event. There will not be a book signing following the event.

(Public $20, DMA Member $15, Student $10)

Denver, City of Lone Tree – Friday, July 22, 7:00 p.m.
Douglas County Libraries

Several audience members will win the opportunity to meet and have their books personally signed by Chris after the presentation. Adult tickets will include a pre-signed hardcover copy of The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey and a complimentary beverage. Child tickets may be purchased either with a pre-signed book ($18) or without ($8).

($8 – $20)

Seattle – Monday, July 25, 6:00pm – 9:00p.m.
Third Place Books

Ticket includes one copy of The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey and gains entry for one person


June 23, 2016 Posted by Kate

Ahead of the July 12th release of Chris Colfer’s new novel The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey, EW can exclusively announce the author’s own odyssey: a 10-city national tour to promote the book.

An Author’s Odyssey is the fifth installment of Colfer’s bestselling fantasy series The Land of Stories. In April, when EW unveiled the cover to the new book, Colfer said, “Alex and Conner have traveled into the realms of fairy-tales and classic literature, but An Author’s Odyssey is their first adventure in a world created from their own imagination.”

He continued: “The series has inspired so many kids around the world to read and I hope this fifth book will encourage readers to write their own stories, too.”

Before The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey, available for pre-order here, hits shelves July 12, see a full list of tour dates and an exclusive excerpt below.

July 12: New York, NY – Barnes & Noble Union Square – 6pm
July 13: Philadelphia, PA – Children’s Book World at Friends’ Central School – 7pm
July 14: Columbus, OH – The Book Loft at Schottenstein Theatre at Bexley High School – 7pm
July 15: Chicago, IL – Anderson’s Bookshop at Naperville North High School – 7pm
July 16: Atlanta, GA – Little Shop of Stories at ? – ?
July 17: St. Louis, MO – Left Bank Books at 560 Music Center – 7pm
July 20: Dallas, TX – Dallas Museum Of Art at Horchow Auditorium – 7:30pm
July 21: Salt Lake City, UT – King’s English at Viridian Event Center – ?
July 22: Denver, CO – Tattered Cover at Lone Tree Arts Center – 7pm
July 25: Seattle, WA – Third Place Books (Lake Forest Park) – 6pm


June 22, 2016 Posted by Kate

(new scene with Chris)

June 20, 2016 Posted by Kate

giulliang: Finished shooting with this very talented dude a couple days ago! Great hangin with ya @hrhchriscolfer. Check us out on #JuliesGreenroom when it comes out on @Netflix in the beginning of 2017!

June 15, 2016 Posted by Kate