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.

Chris Colfer Unveils His Newest The Land of Stories Book – See the Cover!

People Exclusive


With Glee ending last month, Chris Colfer closed a chapter in his life. 

Luckily for his Gleeks, the 24-year-old wrote a whole book to enchant them – and PEOPLE has the exclusive title and cover reveal of his latest novel, The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms. 

The fourth installment in Colfer's bestselling fantasy series for children, Beyond the Kingdoms finds twins Connor and Alex embarking on new adventure and promises to unearth secrets from their past. 

"I'm just so excited for the fans to see it. I think it might be my favorite cover and my favorite book so far," Colfer tells PEOPLE. "Brandon Dorman, who is my illustrator, is an absolute genius, and he blows me away whenever I get sent his art." 

Beyond the Kingdoms hits shelves July 7. In the meantime, here's what Colfer has to say about The Land of Stories, Glee and what's next for his career.


See the cover for Chris Colfer's 'The Curvy Tree'

Entertainment Weekly


Glee star Chris Colfer added “New York Times bestselling author” to his résumé with his The Land of Stories series, and now, he can also add “picture-book author.” The Curvy Tree (out Oct. 27) is a companion picture book to the aforementioned series illustrated by Brandon Dorman. EW has a first look at the new cover. (Click “enlarge” up top to see the full image.)

Here’s the official description: “Once upon a time, there was a little girl who didn’t quite fit in. When she runs away, she happens upon a curvy tree who helps her understand the importance of being different.” 

Also available on Oct. 27 is a new boxed set titled Adventures from the Land of Stories: The Mother Goose Diaries and Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide to Royalty. 


Chris Colfer Doesn't Want to Know What the Internet Thinks of Him


By Emma Bazilian

The Glee star avoids his own headlines, but loves posting pet pics.

Who: Chris Colfer
Age: 24
Accomplishments: Star of Fox’s Glee; screenwriter; author of The Land of Stories book series (his latest, A Grimm Warning, was just released)
Base: Los Angeles

What’s the first information you consume in the morning?
I immediately turn to my cellphone and look to make sure that nothing awful has happened while I’ve been asleep [laughs]. If I’m lucky and I don’t find anything on my phone, I might sleep a little longer.

Where do you get your news?
I’m on the CNN app on my phone a lot. My fans keep me very much in the loop on anything regarding me, which I tend to try to not look at too much because that can get a little cuckoo.


In Chris Colfer's 'Land of Stories,' many are about him

( Photo:  Rob Kim Getty Images)

(Photo: Rob Kim Getty Images)


By Carly Mallenbaum

You probably know Chris Colfer as Glee's sassy Kurt Hummel, Queen of ascots. But in real life, Colfer, 24, has a more toned-down style and friendly demeanor (his shoes, "possibly French," he says, are pretty great, though). He's an actor, singer, screenwriter, producer and author.

Today, he's wearing the author hat, to talk about the third title in his The Land of Storiesseries, A Grimm Warning, which just debuted at No. 29 on USA TODAY's book list.