Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

'Glee' Star to Hit the Road in Support of a New Book

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

'Glee' Star to Hit the Road in Support of a New Book

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WHO: Chris Colfer

WHAT: Signing "The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell"

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: 211 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood; 201-445-0726 or book- ends.com

HOW MUCH: Free with purchase of book ($17.99)

It's not as if Chris Colfer didn't already have enough on his plate. Colfer stars as Kurt Hummel on "Glee," but in the past couple of years he's also found time to write two books and two screenplays, and to star in a movie based on one of those screenplays. His first book, "The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell," will be published Tuesday, and his first produced movie, "Struck by Lightning," will simultaneously open in theaters and run as an on-demand title later this year.

"I always have a lot of things going on and I keep my tasks secret," Colfer says as he discusses his hectic schedule. "The book is something I've wanted to do forever, and I finally wrote it last year. I'd say 'The Wishing Spell' is for anyone ages 7 to 20 who likes fairy tales, magic and books about big adventures."

The central characters in "The Wishing Spell" are Alex and Conner Bailey, sister-brother twins who venture into the fairy tale world. They discover that in the Land of Stories, beloved fairy tales didn't end where they - and generations of children - think they ended. Goldilocks is a fugitive, for example. Snow White has imprisoned her stepmother, aka the Evil Queen. And so on.

"It was great to fall into that world again, because fairy tales have been with me since I was really young," says Colfer. "That world has been living inside me, trying to burst out at any minute. So it was very therapeutic to finally tell the whole story and get all that fairy tale world juice out of me.

"The whole thing started when I was a kid," Colfer continues. "I was very inquisitive. Every time my mom said, 'And they all lived happily ever after,' I'd be like, 'No, no, no. There has to be more. What happened to that person? Did this person ever resolve her issues with that person?' I think those questions, reading the stories and getting to know the fairy tale characters, all of that collectively came together in my head, and I wrote this story."

Now comes the fun part. …

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