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John Green
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Green speaking at VidCon in 2012
BornJohn Michael Green
(1977-08-24) August 24, 1977 (age 36)
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
OccupationAuthor, critic, web host
NationalityAmerican
EducationB.A., English and Religious studies
Alma materKenyon College
Period2005–present
GenresYoung-adult fiction, radio, video
Notable work(s)
Notable award(s)Michael L. Printz Award
2006 Looking for Alaska
Edgar Award
2008 Paper Towns
Spouse(s)Sarah Urist Green
Children
  • Henry Green
  • Alice Green
Relative(s)Hank Green (brother)

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John Green
John Green speaking at VidCon in 2012.png
Green speaking at VidCon in 2012
BornJohn Michael Green
(1977-08-24) August 24, 1977 (age 36)
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
OccupationAuthor, critic, web host
NationalityAmerican
EducationB.A., English and Religious studies
Alma materKenyon College
Period2005–present
GenresYoung-adult fiction, radio, video
Notable work(s)
Notable award(s)Michael L. Printz Award
2006 Looking for Alaska
Edgar Award
2008 Paper Towns
Spouse(s)Sarah Urist Green
Children
  • Henry Green
  • Alice Green
Relative(s)Hank Green (brother)

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John Michael Green (born August 24, 1977) is an American author of young adult fiction and a YouTube vlogger and educator. He won the 2006 Printz Award for his debut novel, Looking for Alaska,[1] and reached number one on a New York Times Best Seller list with The Fault in Our Stars in January 2012.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Green was born in Indianapolis to Mike and Sydney Green[3] and his family moved three weeks after he was born[4] to Orlando, Florida.[5] He attended Indian Springs School (which he later used as the main setting for Looking for Alaska),[6] a boarding and day school outside of Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from Kenyon College in 2000 with a double major in English and Religious Studies. He has spoken about being bullied as a teenager and how it made life miserable for him.[7]

After leaving college Green spent five months working as a student chaplain in a children's hospital while enrolled at the University of Chicago Divinity School (although he never actually attended the school).[8] He intended to become an Episcopalian priest, but his experiences of working in a hospital with children suffering from life-threatening illnesses inspired him to become an author, and later to write The Fault in Our Stars.[9]

Green lived for several years in Chicago, where he worked for the book review journal Booklist as a publishing assistant and production editor while writing Looking for Alaska.[5] While there, he reviewed hundreds of books, particularly literary fiction and books about Islam or conjoined twins.[10] He has also critiqued books for The New York Times Book Review and written for NPR's All Things Considered and WBEZ, Chicago's public radio station.[10] Green later lived in New York City for two years while his wife attended graduate school.

Writings[edit]

Green's first novel, Looking for Alaska, was published by Dutton Children's Books in 2005. It is a school story and teen romance largely inspired by his experiences at Indian Springs.[11] For it he won the annual Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association, recognizing the year's "best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit".[1] It also made the ALA's annual list Top 10 Best Books for Young Adults. The film rights were purchased in 2005 by Paramount, which hired Josh Schwartz as writer and director. Five years later, Green told fans that "I desperately loved" the screenplay but there seemed to be little interest at Paramount.[12] As sales of Looking for Alaska continued to increase in 2011, Green showed mixed feelings about a movie, which he felt would threaten readers' "intense and private connection to the story".[13] In 2012, the book reached The New York Times best seller list for children's paperbacks.[14] Green's second novel, An Abundance of Katherines (Dutton, 2006) was a runner-up for the Printz Award and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

With fellow young adult authors Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle, Green collaborated on Let It Snow (Speak, 2008), contributing "A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle", which comprises three interconnected short stories set in the same small town on Christmas Eve during a massive snowstorm. In November 2009 the book reached Number 10 on the New York Times bestseller list for paperback children's books.[15]

Green's third novel, Paper Towns, was released in 2008.[16] It debuted at number five on the New York Times bestseller list for children's books,[17] and the movie rights to Paper Towns were optioned by Mandate Pictures and Mr. Mudd[18]; Green was hired to write the Paper Towns screenplay. In 2009, Paper Towns was awarded the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel[19] and the 2010 Corine Literature Prize.

Green and David Levithan, another young-adult writer and a friend, collaborated on the novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson (Dutton, 2010)[20][21] It was a runner-up (Honor Book) for two of the annual ALA awards, the Stonewall Book Award, for excellence in GLBT children's and YA literature,[22] and the Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production. Green later appeared on the Smart Mouths podcast to discuss the novel.[23]

In August 2009, Green confirmed he was writing a new book, titled The Sequel,[24] which was later scrapped. His fifth book, titled The Fault in Our Stars was released in January 2012. Green explained that several parts of The Sequel were reworked into The Fault in Our Stars.[citation needed] Green signed all 150,000 copies of the first printing and his wife and his brother applied their own symbols, a Yeti and an Anglerfish (known as the "Hanklerfish"), respectively. The 'New York Times Best Seller List for Children's Books listed The Fault in Our Stars at Number 1 for two weeks in January and February 2012.[2][25]

As of December 2013, Green stated that he is writing a new book with the working title, The Racket.[citation needed] He sold 5,000 words of a rough draft on IndieGoGo for $10 in order to raise money as part of the Project For Awesome charity event.[26]

Other projects[edit]

Vlogbrothers[edit]

In 2007, John Green and his brother Hank began a video blog project called Brotherhood 2.0 which would run from January 1 to December 31 of that year. The two brothers agreed that they would forgo all text-based communication with each other for the duration of the project, instead maintaining their relationship by exchanging video blogs, each submitting one to the other on each alternate day. These videos were uploaded to a YouTube channel called "vlogbrothers" (as well as the brothers' own website) where they reached a wide audience.[27][28] In the project's final video, the brothers revealed that they would extend their video correspondence indefinitely,[29] and as of 2013 they have continued exchanging their unique vlogs.

Since the project's inception the duo have gained a wide reaching international fanbase whose members identify collectively as "Nerdfighters".[citation needed] The group, in collaboration with the two brothers, promote and participate in a number of humanitarian efforts, including the Project for Awesome, an annual charity fundraiser, a Nerdfighter lending group on the microfinancing website Kiva which to date has loaned nearly $3 million to entrepreneurs in the developing world,[30] and the Foundation to Decrease World Suck, the brothers' own charity.[citation needed]

In addition to the main vlogbrothers channel, the brothers have also created a number of side-projects. These include Truth or Fail, a YouTube game show hosted by Hank and a variety of guest hosts, HankGames (either "with..." or "without Hank"), which consists mostly of screen-capture footage of various videogames, and the Emmy award-winning The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a modernized serialization of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.[citation needed] In 2012, following a grant from Google, the brothers launched a pair of short-format educational video series entitled Crash Course, which presents AP level World History, American History, and Literature (hosted by John) and AP level Chemistry and Biology (hosted by Hank), SciShow,[31] and Mental Floss (stylized as "mental_floss").[32]

VidCon[edit]

VidCon is an annual conference for the online video community. The conference was created by the Greens in 2010 in response to the growing online video community. Hank states, “We wanted to get as much of the online video community together, in one place, in the real world for a weekend. It's a celebration of the community, with performances, concerts, and parties; but it's also a discussion of the explosion in community-based online video.”[33] The event draws many popular YouTube users, as well as their fans, and provides room for the community to interact. The event also contains an industry conference for people and businesses working in the online video field.

Project for Awesome[edit]

In 2007, the Greens introduced the charity project entitled the Project for Awesome (P4A),[34] a project in which YouTube users take two days, traditionally December 17 and 18, to create videos promoting charities or non-profit organizations of their choosing. They raised a total of $483,446, surpassing their goal of $100,000.[citation needed] The event has continued annually and in December 2013, the Project for Awesome raised $869,291. Money is raised through donations to an Indiegogo campaign where supporters can pledge money and receive donated perks like signed photographs, books, and art in return. The Green brothers also donate one cent for each comment made on a Project for Awesome video during the event. There is a livestream that lasts for the duration of the Project for Awesome, which is hosted by John Green, Hank Green, and other YouTube personalities.

Personal life[edit]

Green lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, Sarah Urist Green. She previously worked as the Curator of Contemporary Art at Indianapolis Museum of Art, then left to start "The Art Assignment" web series with PBS.[35] Sarah is referred to as "the Yeti" in vlogbrothers videos because while she is often referenced, and is believed to exist, she is never seen on camera (she did appear in a Google Hangout video chat with President Obama, where the couple asked the president what to name their daughter[36]). They have two children, Henry and Alice, as well as a West Highland Terrier named Fireball Wilson Roberts (also known as "The Dread Pirate Fireball Wilson Roberts", "Bubbles the Nerdfighting Puppy", or simply "Willy").[37] Green stated that he is a Christian, and a liberal one where theologically he might have more in common with some liberal Muslims than many conservative Christians.[38]

Works[edit]

Books[edit]

Short stories[edit]

Other[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAward
Ceremony
WorkCategoryResultRef
2006Michael L. Printz AwardLooking For AlaskaN/AWon[44]
2007An Abundance of KatherinesN/ANominated (Honor)[45]
2009Edgar Allan Poe AwardPaper TownsBest Young Adult NovelWon[19]
2012Indiana Authors AwardN/ANational Author AwardWon[46]
2013Children's Choice Book AwardsThe Fault in Our StarsTeen Book of the YearWon[47]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Michael L. Printz Winners and Honor Books". YALSA. American Library Association. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Best Sellers - Children's Chapter Books". New York Times. January 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ John Green (2012). The Fault in Our Stars. London: Penguin. p. 316. ISBN 0-525-47881-7. 
  4. ^ "Brotherhood 2.0: May 16: Beating the EBO into the ground". Vlogbrothers. YouTube.com. May 16, 2007; 2:25
  5. ^ a b "About the author: John Green". Penguin Speakers Bureau. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Looking for Alaska at My High School". Vlogbrothers. Youtube.com. August 6, 2010.
  7. ^ "On Middle School Misery". Vlogbrothers. Youtube.com. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ John Green (November 2, 2011). "Hospital Chaplain: The Miracle of Swindon Town #33". Hankgames. YouTube.com. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Interview: John Green". Sydney Morning Herald. January 21, 2012. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Author Interview: John Green". Book Wholesalers, Inc. Archived from the original on November 20, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Questions about Looking for Alaska (Spoilers!)". JohnGreenBooks.com.
  12. ^ "Movie Questions". JohnGreenBooks.com. June 2010. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ "What happened to a Looking For Alaska movie?". John Green Tumblr blog. October 26, 2011.
  14. ^ "Best Sellers - Children's Paperback Books". New York Times. July 29, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Best Sellers - Children's Paperback Books". New York Times. December 6, 2009.
  16. ^ Paper Towns. Amazon.com.
  17. ^ "Best Sellers - Children's Books - Chapter Books". New York Times. October 24, 2008. 
  18. ^ "Paper Towns MOVIE1!!!11!". Vlogbrothers. YouTube.com. October 24, 2008
  19. ^ a b "2009 Edgar Award Winners". MysteryWriters.org. Archived from the original on August 2012. 
  20. ^ "Interview with David Levithan". The Short Review. Retrieved February 27, 2009. 
  21. ^ "Will Grayson, Will Grayson Hardcover by John Green & David Levithan". Amazon.com.
  22. ^ "2011 - Stonewall Honor Books in Children and Young Adult Literature". American Library Association.
  23. ^ "Smart Mouths #61: Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green" (podcast). May 16, 2010. Archived from the original on May 20, 2010. 
  24. ^ "What I'm Working On". August 4, 2009. Archived from the original on December 23, 2009. 
  25. ^ "Best Sellers - Children's Chapter Books". New York Times. February 5, 2012. 
  26. ^ John Green (December 16–21, 2013). "The Project for Awesome - John Green Writing Sneak Peak". IndieGogo. 
  27. ^ Amy Schatz (September 28, 2007). "Local Politics, Web Money". Wall Street Journal.
  28. ^ "Brothers Reconnect Using Video Blogging". All Things Considered. NPR. January 20, 2008.
  29. ^ "Dec 31: Goodbye Brotherhood 2.0". Vlogbrothers. YouTube.com. December 31, 2007.
  30. ^ "Nerdfighters". Kiva.org.
  31. ^ "Crash Course!". YouTube, Inc. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  32. ^ "mental_floss". Mental Floss, LLC. 
  33. ^ Hank Green (December 31, 2009). "VidCon Questions Answered". Vidcon. YouTube. 
  34. ^ John Green; Hank Green (2011). "Project For Awesome". Project4Awesome 2011. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  35. ^ "Sarah Green exiting IMA to develop PBS series". The Indy Star. September 25, 2013. 
  36. ^ "Obama's 2013 Google+ Fireside Hangout - Complete". The Daily Conversation (YouTube.com). Event occurs at 43:38. 
  37. ^ "A Cutetacular Introduction!". NerdFighteria.info. May 18, 2008. 
  38. ^ "On Iran, Islam, and Amazingly Stupid Comments". Vlogbrothers. YouTube.com. July 12, 2009. "All religious traditions are massively diverse, like, I'm a Christian but theologically I probably have more in common with some liberal Muslims than I do with some conservative Christians." 
  39. ^ Thisisnottom thisisnottom.com
  40. ^ Thisisnotforums - The Unofficial Thisisnottom Forums thisisnotforums.com
  41. ^ "Didn’t get your chance to get your hands on John Green’s Zombie Apocalypse Novella?". EffYeahNerdFighters.com.
  42. ^ "John Green's NEW Exclusive Zombie Short Story eBook PRE-ORDER". DFTBA Records LLC. Archived from the original on December 15, 2011. 
  43. ^ John Green (August 15, 2012). "I just finally finished THE WAR FOR BANKS ISLAND, the stupid (and very bad) zombie apocalypse story that's six months late". Twitter.com. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  44. ^ "2006 Printz Award". Young Adult Library Services Association. American Library Association. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  45. ^ "Michael L. Printz Winners and Honor Books". Young Adult Library Association. American Library Association. Archived from the original on February 17, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  46. ^ "2012 Indiana Authors Award Recipients Honored". PR Newswire. October 26, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  47. ^ "Jeff Kinney, VlogBrother win Children's Choice Book Awards". Global Post. Agence France-Presse. May 14, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 

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