Chris Colfer casts a charming spell as the fabulous Kurt Hummel on “Glee.” Turns out he’s just as bewitching an author. More than 300 giddy fans of Colfer’s middle-grade “The Land of Stories” series lined up to meet the actor-writer Thursday at Barnes & Noble in Burlington. Kurt was curt with his pen, having time to only autograph, not personalize copies of “A Grimm Warning.” Still, Hannah Alsup of Saugus was elated to tell Colfer how much she related to his first book, “Struck By Lightning,” about an aspiring young journalist who blackmails his classmates. “That’s one of the biggest reasons I write — to inspire people,” Colfer told her.
Also swooning was Kayla Keirstead of Waltham, who impressed Colfer with a tattoo on her chest of a quote adapted from “Lightning.” It read: “Once upon a time there was a girl who flew.” Said the 23-year-old: “It’s weird that he exists in real life.” Many fans brought gifts: personal letters, drawings, homemade jewelry. Some were so flustered by the sight of Colfer, they momentarily forgot their own names. Others accidentally left their signed copies on the table, only to be redirected by a store rep to claim them.
Last in line was Lindsey Ashworth of Fairhaven, who turned out to be the teariest of the bunch. The 14-year-old with lupus nephritis had met Colfer through the Make-A-Wish Foundation on the set of “Glee” in 2012. Ashworth showed Colfer a photo they had taken together, and he replied: You were 11 when I met you!” “I can’t believe he remembered me,” she said, tears streaming down her face. “He’s just adorable, and the most talented man on earth.”