I don't know about you all, but I abso-freaking-lutely LOVE Glee, so I am very excited about this news! Chris Colfer, also known as Kurt Hummel on Glee, got a book deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
Here's the press release:
GLEE’S CHRIS COLFER SIGNS BOOK DEAL WITH
Little, BROWN Books FOR YOUNG READERS
Colfer’s Two Book Deal Begins with THE LAND OF STORIES to be published in Summer 2012
New York, NY [June 8, 2011] – Award-winning actor, Chris Colfer, will publish two books with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, it was announced today by Megan Tingley, the division’s Senior Vice President and Publisher. Written for 8-12 year old readers, The Land of Stories will be simultaneously released in hardcover and e-book in the summer of 2012, and will be followed by a second untitled novel. The acquisition for world rights was made by Andrew Smith, Vice President and Deputy Publisher and Alvina Ling, Editorial Director, with Rob Weisbach of Rob Weisbach Creative Management acting on behalf of Colfer. The Land of Stories will be edited by Alvina Ling. Known for his role as “Kurt Hummel” on the critically acclaimed television series, Glee, Colfer is also a screenwriter who recently penned a pilot for the Disney Channel as well as the independent feature Struck by Lightning.
A fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales, The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner Bailey. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the characters they grew up reading about.
"When I was ten years old, I promised myself that if I ever had the opportunity to write this book, I would jump at the chance,” said Colfer. “This book has been at the core of my imagination for a long time and I’m excited and nervous to share it.”
“We are delighted to have The Land of Stories on the Little, Brown list,” remarked Megan Tingley. “Chris is a remarkable talent whose writing combines all the qualities kids love – memorable characters, heart-pounding adventure, in a setting filled with wonder, intrigue and enchantment.”
Colfer is represented by Coast to Coast, and Glenn Rigberg at Inphenate.
About Chris Colfer
Chris Colfer recently wrapped the second season of the critically acclaimed, Golden Globe and SAG award winning comedy Glee, and will reprise his starring role as 'Kurt Hummel,' in the fall for the series’ third season. Colfer was recently recognized for his work on the series with a Golden Globe award in the “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television” category. Colfer was also honored as a member of the 2011 TIME 100, Time Magazine's annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. This year he was also nominated for a SAG award for “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series” and in 2010 was honored with an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.” Colfer will next shoot the independent film Struck By Lightning, which he wrote and will produce. Additionally, he recently adapted a pilot for the Disney Channel called The Little Leftover Witch. The pilot is based on a children’s book of the same name by Florence Laughlin.
About Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is a division of Hachette Book Group, a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the second-largest publisher in the world. HBG publishes under the divisions of Little, Brown and Company, Grand Central Publishing, FaithWords, Center Street, Orbit, and Hachette Digital.
Here's the blurb about the book if you don't want to read the whole press release:
"A fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales, The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner Bailey. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the characters they grew up reading about."
Exciting, right?! I am so excited for this book, it sounds awesome, and it was written by Chris Colfer, who is amazing!
Who else is super duper excited?!
And who's planning on reading it?