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Kate / July 7th, 2017

Chris Colfer talks about his new book ‘The Land of Stories: World’s Collide’



Kate / July 7th, 2017



Kate / July 7th, 2017

Chris Colfer shot to fame for his Golden Globe-winning portrayal as openly gay countertenor Kurt Hummel on the Fox musical series “Glee” — yet many of his fans know him only as a writer.

“I get messages from people saying how shocked their kids are to find out that I was on TV,” he says, with a chuckle.

At 27, Colfer is the bestselling author of “The Land of Stories” children’s fantasy and its spinoffs, which includes illustrated picture books, audio books and upcoming graphic novel.

Since 2012, he’s been captivating the imaginations of 5- to 12-year-olds with the epic adventures of fraternal twins Alex and Conner Bailey through the worlds of fairy tales, classic literature, and their own creative writing. Those literary realms come crashing into reality in the sixth and final installment titled “Worlds Collide,” which hits bookshelves Tuesday.

In the series closer, Alex has gone missing.

Her brother sets out to find her, and with the help of his fairy-tale friends tracks her down in New York City. She’s under the control of the witch Morina and her band of evildoers who are hatching a plan to take over the world.

Can Conner save Alex and stop these Land of Stories villains before it’s too late?

While he’s never traveled through dimensions, Colfer confesses he’s a lot like his characters.

“I am Gemini, so that means I’m always thinking with two different mindsets, which has been a blessing and a curse,” he says. “Alex represents my people pleasing, smarter-than-my-own-good side, and Conner is my sarcastic, class-clown side. So they’re very much me in different forms.”

Raised with a younger sister just outside of Fresno, Colfer began writing “The Land of Stories” in grade school at the urging of his mother.

“My mom used to read fairy tales to me as a kid,” he says. “I had so many questions about the characters and their motives that I think she finally got annoyed and said, ‘Why don’t you write your own fairy tales?’ So I started writing ‘The Land of Stories,’ promising myself that if I ever got a chance to publish it, I would make it happen.

“I honestly think one of the reasons why the first book has been so popular with kids is because it was technically written by one,” he says, referring to “The Wishing Spell.”

While he was big on imagination, Colfer admits he struggled with reading until J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter came along.

“It was the Harry Potter books that made me excited to read and made me work hard on becoming a better reader so I could keep up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione,” he says. “Some of the happiest memories of my childhood were waiting at Barnes and Noble for the midnight release of the next Harry Potter book, and being there with a roomful of nerds like me. To think that I’m now contributing to the children’s literary world in some ways means a lot to me.”

Colfer is currently on a national tour, which includes a ticketed event hosted by Children’s Book World at the Landmark Regent Theatre on July 31.

At these events, young fans always want to know, When’s the movie coming out?

“I’ve asked them for a lot of patience over the years because ever since the first book (“The Wishing Spell”) came out, we’ve had an interest in this becoming a film franchise,” he says.

As it turns out, he’s busy adapting the first book in the series for the big screen in what will be his directorial debut.

Most of his writing takes place in the guest bedroom of his Laurel Canyon home. He sits a red desk, flanked by a pair of twin beds outfitted in “Star Wars” and “Super Mario Bros.” sheets, listening to film scores like “Lord of the Rings” or “Forrest Gump.” In fact, that’s where he closed the book on Alex and Conner’s adventures in March.

Or did he?

“I might go back and do a prequel series about the twins’ grandmother when she was a young girl growing up,” Colfer says. “I can always do another spinoff of something or other. Just because the series is over does not mean ‘The Land of Stories’ is over, and I can say that with confidence.”

Source: dailynews.com



Kate / July 7th, 2017

Tuesday, July 11 – CHRIS COLFER talks about the book “The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide,” and singer-songwriter SABRINA CARPENTER performs for the “Live” audience.

Source: broadwayworld.com



Kate / July 6th, 2017

Chris Colfer is known for his role as Kurt Hummel on the groundbreaking television series “Glee.” But long before he became famous, Colfer was enthralled by writing, to the extent that he occasionally becomes exasperated on stage.

“One of the most frustrating things about being an actor that I’ve experienced is the inability to change the words coming out of my mouth,” Colfer says with a laugh. “I can never change a script if I’m just an actor. When I was a kid the acting bug and writing bug hit me at the same exact time. When you’re young, you just think of them as playing pretend. It wasn’t until I got a little older that I realized they were different things.”

Colfer, who appears July 14 at Carnegie Lecture Hall in Oakland as guest of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures New & Noted Series, has just published “The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide,” (Little Brown, $19.99). The book is the sixth and final installment in a best-selling young reader’s fantasy series that has its roots in Colfer’s childhood. The first book, in “The Land of Stories” series, “The Wishing Spell,” was culled from a story Colfer wrote when he was in grade school.

Fortunately, his grandmother, a church minister with three doctorates, knew a little bit about writing.

“My grandmother was the toughest editor I’ve ever worked with,” Colfer says. “My editor at Little, Brown, Alvina Ling, is a saint compared to my grandmother. (Ling) never crumpled up something I’ve written in front of me and said I can do better. … My grandmother was a great first editor because she encouraged me to keep going, but she was very honest if she thought I could do better. That kind of training early on made me raise the bar for myself.”

His grandmother’s stern advice helped when Colfer made his publishing debut in 2012. While the book was a bestseller and earned generally good reviews, his young readers — the books are geared to ages 8 to 12 — had no qualms about voicing their concerns or criticisms about the book.

“I thought writing for kids would be much easier than writing for adults, but it’s the toughest audience in the world,” Colfer says. “They have absolutely no filter when they meet you. If they have a critique or a comment, they will just say it. And you have to be prepared to answer why you wrote what you did. It’s very challenging, but I like it. It keeps me on my toes.”

The series features Conner and Alex, a brother and sister who are gifted with a book of fairy tales that serves as a portal between reality and the fairy tale world. Throughout the “Land of Stories” books the siblings traverse between these two spheres. But in the final installment, the worlds merge into each other, with chaos ensuing.

Colfer admits that ending the series is a bittersweet. But near the end of a “Worlds Collide,” he does cast some doubt about the series finale when Alex says “The end of our story? That’s funny, because I was afraid this was only the beginning.”

“I love writing the series and it’s been one of the greatest joys of my entire life,” Colfer says. “While I do think this is the right moment to end it, I can definitely see myself coming back to it some day in the future. I don’t know if it would a continuation of Alex and Conner’s story, or maybe the next generation. Maybe their kids or grandkids are at the center of the next series. But I definitely wanted to leave something in their so even though the kids know the books are ending, Alex and Conner’s adventures will still continue in their hearts and minds.”

All attendees at the July 14 event will receive one raffle ticket to meet Colfer at a VIP meet-and-greet after the event; those wearing costumes from “The Land of Stories” series will receive an additional raffle ticket

Source: triblive.com



Kate / June 29th, 2017

As you know Chris was a guest on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Moday and we’ve got some photos for you.


Events in 2017 > 06-26 – The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon [+ 3]





Kate / June 15th, 2017

What we know so far:

New York City – Tuesday, July 11, 6:30pm
Barnes & Noble Union Square

Wristbands for event access will be distributed with the purchase of one pre-signed copy of The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide. Each individual book purchase of any Chris Colfer book gets fans one raffle ticket. Participating in the costume contest will also earn fans a raffle ticket. Winners for the meet-and-greet will be chosen via raffle by the author at the end of the event. More details coming soon. [Via]

BUY A BOOK HERE | Information here

Clinton – Wednesday, July 12, 3:00pm
R.J. Booksellers at The Clinton School

This is a ticketed event and a purchase of The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide is necessary for entry. Each book purchase gets fans one raffle ticket. Fans in costume will receive an additional raffle ticket. Raffle tickets enter fans in a drawing for an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet with Chris immediately following the event. Chris will choose five lucky readers (+ 1 guest each) to meet him after the event to snap photos and have their books personalized.

BUY BOOK/TICKETS HERE
(Ticket: Purchase of The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide – $19.99+ tax.)

Boston – Thursday, July 13, 6:00pm
Brookline Booksmith at Coolidge Corner Theater

This is a ticketed event, and a purchase of The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide is necessary for entry. Each book purchase gets fans one raffle ticket. Fans in costume will receive an additional raffle ticket. Raffle tickets enter fans in a drawing for an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet with Chris immediately following the event. Chris will choose five lucky readers (+1 guest each) to meet him after the event to snap photos and have their books personalized.

BUY TICKET HERE | Information here
(The price of admission will be $19.99

Pittsburgh – Friday, July 14, 4:00pm
Pittsburgh Words & Pictures at Carnegie Library Lecture Hall

This is a ticketed event and a purchase of The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide is necessary for entry. Each book purchase gets fans one raffle ticket. Fans in costume will receive an additional raffle ticket. Raffle tickets enter fans in a drawing for an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet with Chris immediately following the event. Chris will choose five lucky readers (+ 1 guest each) to meet him after the event to snap photos and have their books personalized.

TICKETS HERE | Information here
($22, which includes a hardcover copy of The Land of Stories: Words Collide.)

Richmond – Saturday, July 15, 2:00pm
bbgb books at Byrd Theater

This is a ticketed event and a purchase of The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide is necessary for entry.

Each book purchase gets fans one raffle ticket. Fans in costume will receive an additional raffle ticket. Raffle tickets enter fans in a drawing for an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet with Chris immediately following the event. Chris will choose five lucky readers (+ 1 guest each) to meet him after the event to snap photos and have their books personalized.

With the purchase of book 6, The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide, you may obtain up to two companion tickets by purchasing up to two of any of the other books in the series. Each copy you buy secures you a raffle ticket. You are also able to purchase books at the event, however only book 6 will be pre-signed.

this is a presentation only, as books will be pre-signed, there will be no line for live signing or photos.

BUY BOOK HERE | Information here
($19.99) – [Thanks for the update Hannah]

Cincinnati – Sunday, July 16, 6:00pm
Joseph-Beth Booksellers at Corbett Center Theater

This is a ticketed event. Ticket includes admission and a copy of Worlds Collide. You must order the tickets in person at our Cincinnati location or over the phone by calling 513-396-8960. This event is being held at the School for Creative and Performing Arts at 108 W. Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH, 45202. Doors open at 5:00 pm; books can be picked up any time after the doors open or after the conclusion of the talk. There are no assigned seats; it is recommended to arrive at SCPA least 15-20 minutes prior to the event. 5 winners will be randomly selected at the event to have an exclusive meet-and-greet with Chris after the event.

Information here
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Louisville – Monday, July 17, 2:00pm
Carmichael’s Bookstore at Youth Performing Arts School

This is a ticketed event and a purchase of The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide is necessary for entry. Each book purchase gets fans one raffle ticket. Fans in costume will receive an additional raffle ticket. Raffle tickets enter fans in a drawing for an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet with Chris immediately following the event. Chris will choose five lucky readers (+ 1 guest each) to meet him after the event to snap photos and have their books personalized.

BUY TICKET HERE | Information here
($23.50 [Admission + Book])

Chicago – Tuesday, July 18, 7:00pmSOLD OUT
Anderson’s Bookstore at Wents Concert Hall

This is an interactive presentation event with audience Q&A, TLOS trivia, a costume contest a prizes. Books will be pre-signed and there will be no line for live signing or photos. Tickets are required for this event. Purchase Land of Stories 6: Worlds Collide to receive a ticket for the event. Companion tickets are also available and include a copy of any of the previous Land of Stories books. You will also be able to purchase multiple copies of the book at the event and each copy of any of the books in the series also secures fans a chance to win a door prize which includes an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet immediately following the event. Chris will choose five lucky readers (+ 1 guest each) who will get to meet him after the event, take photos, and have their books personalized.

BUY TICKET/BOOK HERE
($21.49)

St. Paul – Sunday, July 19, 7:00pmSOLD OUT
Red Balloon Bookshop at SteppingStone Theatre

This is a ticketed event and a purchase of The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide is necessary for entry. Each book purchase gets fans one raffle ticket. Fans in costume will receive an additional raffle ticket. Raffle tickets enter fans in a drawing for an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet with Chris immediately following the event. Chris will choose five lucky readers (+1 guest each) to meet him after the event to snap photos and have their books personalized.

INFORMATION/BUY BOOK HERE
($19.99)

Miami – Friday, July 21, 7:00 p.m.
Books & Books at Chapman Conference Center, Building 3

This is a ticketed event and a purchase of The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide is necessary for entry. Each book purchase gets fans one raffle ticket. Fans in costume will receive an additional raffle ticket. Raffle tickets enter fans in a drawing for an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet with Chris immediately following the event. Chris will choose five lucky readers (+ 1 guest each) to meet him after the event to snap photos and have their books personalized.

INFORMATION/TICKETS HERE
($21.39)

Houston – Saturday, July 22, 4:00pm
Brazos Bookstore at Hogg Middle School Auditorium

This is a ticketed event. Doors open at 3:30pm and the reading begins at 4pm.

Information here
(Tickets are $19.99 plus tax to admit one person. Each ticket option comes with a hardcover copy of THE LAND OF STORIES 6: WORLDS COLLIDE. Tickets can be purchased at Brazos Bookstore, online at brazosbookstore.com, or by phone at 713-523-0701.)

Clovis – Tuesday, July 25, 2:00pm
Petunia’s Place at the Mercedes Edwards Theater

For every book purchased, fans will receive one raffle ticket. Fans in costume will receive an additional raffle ticket. Raffle tickets enter fans in a drawing for an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet with Chris immediatley following the event. Chris will choose five lucky readers (+1 guest each) to meet him after the event and to snap photos and have their books personalized.
To obtain your ticket for entry to the event as well as companion tickets, your purchase must be made in advance of the event from Peturnia’s Place. Chris will autograph the Land of Stores: Worlds Collide and you will receive your copy at the event.The cost of the book is $19.99 plus tax.
Deadline for purchase required to obtain a ticket for the event will be Saturday, July 22, 2017. (We are closed Sundays and Mondays.)

Information here and here
($19.99 + tax)

San Jose – Wednesday, July 26, 7:00pmSOLD OUT
Hicklebee’s Children’s Books at Hammer Theater Centre

This is a ticketed event. Each ticket includes a signed copy of The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide, and gets fans one raffle ticket. Fans in costume will receive an additional raffle ticket. Raffle tickets enter fans in a drawing for an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet with Chris immediately following the event. Chris will choose five lucky readers (+ 1 guest each) to meet him after the event to snap photos and have their books personalized.

TICKETS HERE | Information here
($22)

San Francisco – Thursday, July 27, 7:00pmSOLD OUT
Copperfield’s Books Inc. at Mystic Theater

Attendees will receive a raffle ticket and be entered to win an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet. Five lucky readers (+ 1 guest each) will get to meet the author immediately following the event—wear a costume to receive an additional raffle ticket!

BUY TICKET/BOOK HERE
(Tickets ($21.61 includes one pre-signed book, to be picked up at event))

Seattle – Friday, July 28, 6:00pmSOLD OUT
University Bookstore at Henry M. Jackson High School

This is a ticketed event and a purchase of The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide is necessary for entry. Each book purchase gets fans one raffle ticket. Fans in costume will receive an additional raffle ticket. Raffle tickets enter fans in a drawing for an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet with Chris immediately following the event. Chris will choose five lucky readers (+ 1 guest each) to meet him after the event to snap photos and have their books personalized.

TICKETS HERE
($19.99)

Vancouver – Saturday, July 29, 3:00pm
Indigo Books & Music (Burnaby, BC)

This is an onstage presentation which will include a Q&A. Wristbands are made available with the purchase of the book at the host store on the day of the event (July 29 beginning at 9:30am/parking lot entrance). Maximum 1 wristband per person, 1 book per wristband. Limited seating then standing room only. Book will be pre-signed; no personalization. Books to be distributed at the conclusion of the event. Wristbands are non-transferable. No memorabilia will be signed.

Information here
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Las Vegas – Sunday, July 30, 4:30pm
The Historic Fifth Street School

This is a ticketed event and a purchase of The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide is necessary for entry. Each book purchase gets fans one raffle ticket. Fans in costume will receive an additional raffle ticket. Raffle tickets enter fans in a drawing for an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet with Chris immediately following the event. Chris will choose five lucky readers (+ 1 guest each) to meet him after the event to snap photos and have their books personalized.

Information here
(The in-person purchase of Chris Colfer’s latest book The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide ($19.99 plus tax) is necessary for entry into the event. Books for purchase will be available at the Historic Fifth Street School starting at 1:30pm the day of event, while supplies last. Credit Card and Cash will be accepted.)

Los Angeles – Monday, July 31, 7:00pmSOLD OUT
Children’s Book World at Landmark’s Regent Theatre

This is a ticketed event and a purchase of The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide is necessary for entry. Each book purchase gets fans one raffle ticket. Fans in costume will receive an additional raffle ticket. Raffle tickets enter fans in a drawing for an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet with Chris immediately following the event. Chris will choose five lucky readers (+ 1 guest each) to meet him after the event to snap photos and have their books personalized.

Tickets available in-store at Children’s Book World (sorry no phone orders), on-line at childrensbookworld.com (starting 7/5), and at the event (subject to availability). Each ticket includes a pre-signed copy of The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide. There will be no signing line at the event. Pre-signed copies of all titles from the Land of Stories series will be available for purchase at the event. For those who can’t attend, pre-signed copies of The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide can be ordered at Children’s Book World and picked up after the event.

Information here & Information here | TICKETS HERE
($21.84 – $32.75)



Kate / June 14th, 2017



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Release: July 11, 2017

It's Queen Trollbella's birthday and she's throwing herself an epic celebration. She has everything a troll girl would want: musicians, magical creatures, carnival rides, a gigantic cake, and more. So why isn't she having any fun? Trollbella knows something is missing, until she meets a goblin boy sneaking into her party. It's his birthday too! When Trollbella decides to share her party, she knows she's finally figured out what is missing. A happy kingdom and learning to give back is the best gift she could've ever received.
 
The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide
Written by Chris Colfer
Release: July 11, 2017

In the highly anticipated conclusion to the Land of Stories series, Conner and Alex must brave the impossible. All of the Land of Stories fairy tale characters--heroes and villains--are no longer confined within their world! With mayhem brewing in the Big Apple, Conner and Alex will have to win their biggest battle yet. Can the twins restore order between the human and fairy tale world?
 
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A story focused on the early life of flamboyant playwright Noel Coward.
 
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