Colfer visits Naperville and Skokie bookstores this weekend to meet tween fans and sign copies of the fourth book in “The Land of Stories.” Titled “Beyond the Kingdoms,” it’s the latest installment in Colfer’s fairy tale remix/mashup set in a never-never-land encountered by a brother and sister. “Beyond the Kingdoms” tails the twins Alex and Conner Bailey as they recruit Goldilocks, Jack, Red Riding Hood, Mother Goose and her gander to thwart a plot by some of the wickedest villains ever to darken children’s dreams.
“Glee” ended its six-year run last spring. “The Land of Stories” is paging toward its happily-ever-after conclusion — Colfer and his publisher planned for the fifth book, out next year, to be the finale. But in an email exchange, Colfer hinted at a possible plot twist. This is an edited transcript.