EW: See the cover and title of Chris Colfer's next Land of Stories book!


Glee alum Chris Colfer has written the fifth book in his best-selling The Land of Stories series — which has been translated into a whopping 19 languages — and EW is proud to give you a sneak peek at the title and cover of the next installment.

“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 imaginations,” Colfer tells EW. “Like a screenwriter, Conner has the exciting — and sometimes nerve-racking! — experience of seeing the characters and stories he has created come to life. 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.”

The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey hits shelves July 12...

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Chris Colfer to continue Land of Stories series with new novels, picture books




UPDATE: Chris Colfer tweeted out the titles for his Land of Storiescompanion books–The Mother Goose Diaries and Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide To Royalty–and wrote that the picture books will be about the characters Curvy Tree and Trollbella.

ORIGINAL STORY: Though Glee’s story may be coming to a close, Chris Colfer is hard at work on expanding another one of his stories.

Colfer is set to write two more books in his childen’s series The Land of Stories, having signed a multi-book deal with Little, Brown and Company.

The newest entries, which will bump up the series to a total of five books, are untitled but scheduled to be released in July 2015 and July 2016.

In addition to these novels, Colfer will also write two picture books based on the Land of Stories, as well as two companion books for inclusion in a holiday box set releasing in 2015.

Colfer’s print plans don’t end with this set of stories, however. The actor and author is now also writing a novel for teenagers that tells the story of a young actor taking a cross-country road trip with his fans—a setup that would also make for a great way to do a book tour once the novel releases.

Colfer later tweeted about what the companion and picture books will cover.

Chris Colfer's new book lands in top 10


Jocelyn McClurg, USA TODAY

Here's a look at what's new on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list…

King of 'Kingdoms': Chris Colfer has plenty to be gleeful about when it comes to his writing career. His The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms (Little, Brown) lands at No. 10, his highest debut. (The full list will publish on Thursday.)

Beyond the Kingdoms is the fourth book in a series for young readers about twins who have magical encounters with the fairy-tale characters they've read about. In the new book, Alex and Conner Bailey pursue a "Masked Man" with help from Goldilocks, Red Riding Hood and Mother Goose.

The series' previous peak was No. 29 with book three, A Grimm Warning, last summer.

Colfer, 25, who played Kurt Hummel on Glee, is on a multi-city book tour that ends July 18 in Los Angeles. In a recent interview with the Phoenix New Times, he said, "I did nothing but watch TV and movies when I was a kid, and I think it's really what made me a good storyteller."

He has a busy fall ahead as a storyteller, too. The Curvy Tree, a debut picture book, arrives on Oct. 27 from Little, Brown. It's based on an original fairy tale of the same name from The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell.

And on Nov. 24, Adventures from the Land of Stories Boxed Set: The Mother Goose Diaries and Queen Red Riding Hood's Guide to Royalty will be published, containing two new books.

Chris Colfer talks about 'Glee' and his latest novel


The actor came to fame with his award-winning portrayal of Kurt Hummel on "Glee," and now Chris Colfer is the best-selling author of books for middle schoolers and has been named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people. He talks to the TODAY anchors about "Glee" and "The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms," the latest in his book series.


Chris Colfer on "The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms"


Best known to adults as a star of Glee, Chris Colfer is revered by kid fans as the author of the bestselling Land of Stories series. The fourth book in the series, Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms continues to follow the adventures of twins Alex and Connor as they travel through lands peopled by classic fairy tale characters. Interview at AOL HQ in NYC for AOL BUILD.


Listen to Chris Colfer read from The Land of Stories: Beyond Kingdoms



Glee star Chris Colfer has certainly kept busy since the musical TV show ended earlier this year. The fourth book in his New York Times best-selling series, The Land of Stories, comes out Tuesday, and, in addition to writing the books, Colfer also narrates the audiobook.

In The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms, twins Alex and Conner Bailey round up a group of pals—Goldilocks, Jack, Red Riding Hood, Mother Goose and her gander, Lester—and travel across the Land of Oz, Neverland, and Wonderland to catch up to the fugitive Masked Man. 

Listen to our exclusive clip of Colfer reading from Chapter 1.