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Chris Colfer reveals 'Enchantress Returns' audio excerpt, tour dates -- EXCLUSIVE

Following the death of Glee cast member Cory Monteith, his co-stars have been paying respects and getting on with filming new episodes. Glee‘s Chris Colfer has delayed promotion on his second novel The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns after the tragedy, but is now gearing up to meet his fans across the country again.

Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother. Against the will of their grandmother (the one and only Fairy Godmother), the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it’s ever faced.

As the Evil Enchantress prepares to haunt the Bailey twins Alex and Conner again on Aug. 6, Colfer has revealed exclusively to EW his tour dates for the new book. Also scroll down to read/listen to a funny exclusive excerpt about the twins meeting Mother Goose! READ FULL STORY

'Glee' star Chris Colfer reveals title, date, and cover of second 'Land of Stories' book -- EXCLUSIVE

Chris Colfer is used to being No. 1 on the iTunes chart as part of the Glee cast, and he shot to the top of the New York Times best-seller list with his first novel, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. EW has learned exclusively that Book 2 will be called The Enchantress Returns, coming to you Aug. 6, and will feature the evil Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty, who is back with a vengeance.

Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother. Against the will of their grandmother (the one and only Fairy Godmother), the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it’s ever faced.

Take the first peek at the very cool cover art by Brandon Dorman below! READ FULL STORY

Hear a clip and read an excerpt from Chris Colfer's 'Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal" -- EXCLUSIVE

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Chris Colfer is a busy man. Between making movies and playing Kurt Hummel on Glee, it’s a wonder he’s found any time at all to pursue a writing career. And yet, the 22-year-old is getting ready to release his second novel of the year next week.

Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal follows Carson Phillips, a high school outcast who blackmails his peers into participating in his literary magazine. It’s already been filmed as a movie starring Christina Hendricks, Rebel Wilson and Colfer himself. Though the film won’t be out until next year, the book hits shelves on Nov. 20. Colfer took the time to talk to EW about his first young adult novel, his own high school experiences and that one time he dabbled in extortion himself. Read the interview below and check out an exclusive print excerpt and audio clip from Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal afterwards!

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Chris Colfer to release his first young-adult novel 'Struck by Lightning'

After the success of his best-selling middle-grade novel The Land of Stories, Glee star Chris Colfer will be publishing his first young-adult novel on Nov. 20. The upcoming novel, titled Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal, will be a book adaptation of his movie by the same name, which will be released by Tribeca Film later this year. READ FULL STORY

Listen to 'Glee' star Chris Colfer read from his children's novel 'The Land of Stories' -- EXCLUSIVE

There’s only a week left until Chris Colfer’s first novel The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell hits shelves, and for those of you who miss hearing his golden voice every week, EW has an exclusive aural treat. The audiobook version of The Land of Stories will also be available on July 17, and it features the Glee star reading his own work.

Described as a “modern-day fairy tale,” the book will focus on twins Alex and Conner, who leave the real world behind and find themselves in a land where they come face-to-face with the fairy-tale characters — witches, goblins, trolls — they’ve always read about.

See below for a never-before-heard snippet! READ FULL STORY

'Glee' star Jenna Ushkowitz to write an inspirational memoir

Tina Cohen-Chang went from Glee‘s mousiest outcast to one of its sassiest, and now Jenna Ushkowitz — the 26-year-old actress who plays her — is penning a motivational memoir. Choosing Glee tells the story of Ushkowitz’s rise to TV musical prominence — from being adopted by a Long Island family at age 3, to starring in the Broadway hit Spring Awakening, and to becoming an integral part of New Directions — all while offering advice to her fans.

“People ask me, ‘How did you get here?’” Ushkowitz said in a statement. “Well, I learned how to fight for what I want. I learned to focus and work hard and not give up. I learned that every obstacle is really an opportunity. My goal is for you to walk away from this book looking at the world differently than when you started. It’s about how to have, do, and be anything you want.”

Choosing Glee is slated for Spring 2013.

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‘Glee’ Official William McKinley High School Yearbook: See pages! — EXCLUSIVE
Chris Colfer’s children’s book ‘The Land of Stories’ gets a cover and an earlier release date! — EXCLUSIVE

Chris Colfer bookstore appearance dates! -- FIRST LOOK

Glee star Chris Colfer has been on sold-out arena tours before, but come July, he’ll be embarking on a different kind of tour altogether. To promote his upcoming children’s book The Land of Stories (July 17), he’ll be giving book signings across the country, mostly in the New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco areas, as well as in Kurt Hummel’s home state of Ohio.

Described as a “modern-day fairy tale,” the book will focus on twins Alex and Conner, who leave the real world behind and find themselves in a land where they come face-to-face with the fairy-tale characters — witches, goblins, trolls — they’ve always read about.

See if Colfer is coming to a bookstore near you! READ FULL STORY

'Glee' Official William McKinley High School Yearbook: See pages! -- EXCLUSIVE

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Cue up “Graduation (Friends Forever)” by Vitamin C (which the Glee kids will hopefully cover later this season to send off seniors Kurt, Rachel, and Finn) and flip through the Official William McKinley High School Yearbook! It may look like a regular yearbook on the outside, but apparently McKinley gossip columnist Jacob Ben Israel had full editorial control, since the theme is — not surprisingly — all glee club all the time. The book hits stores May 1 from Little, Brown, but in the meantime, EW has an exclusive peek at the cover, spreads on Rachel and Blaine, some fun “Most Likely To…” pages, a very helpful “Hookup Chart,” and more. Read on, and H.A.G.S.!

NEXT: Spotlight on Blaine Anderson…

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