John Green (author)
|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (September 2013)|
Green speaking at VidCon in 2012
|Born||John Michael Green
August 24, 1977
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
|Occupation||Author, critic, web host|
|Education||B.A., English and Religious studies|
|Alma mater||Kenyon College|
|Genres||Young-adult fiction, radio, video|
|Notable award(s)||Michael L. Printz Award
2006 Looking for Alaska
2008 Paper Towns
|Spouse(s)||Sarah Urist Green|
|Relative(s)||Hank Green (brother)|
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, and reached number one on a New York Times Best Seller list with The Fault in Our Stars in January 2012.
Early life and career
Green was born in Indianapolis to Mike and Sydney Green and his family moved three weeks after he was born to Orlando, Florida. He attended Indian Springs School (which he later used as the main setting for Looking for Alaska), 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.
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). 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.
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. While there, he reviewed hundreds of books, particularly literary fiction and books about Islam or conjoined twins. 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. Green later lived in New York City for two years while his wife attended graduate school.
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. 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". 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. 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". In 2012, the book reached The New York Times best seller list for children's paperbacks. 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. On November 27, 2009, the book reached Number 10 on the New York Times bestseller list for paperback children's books.
Green's third novel, Paper Towns, was released on October 16, 2008. It debuted at Number 5 on the New York Times bestseller list for children's books, and the movie rights to Paper Towns were optioned by Mandate Pictures and Mr. Mudd  and Green was hired to write the Paper Towns screenplay. On April 30, 2009, Paper Towns was awarded the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel 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) 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, and the Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production. Green later appeared on the sixty-first episode of Smart Mouths Podcast to discuss the novel.
In August 2009, Green confirmed he was writing a new book, titled The Sequel, which was later scrapped. His fifth book, titled The Fault in Our Stars was released on January 10, 2012. Green explained that several parts of The Sequel were reworked into The Fault in Our Stars. 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 the weeks of January 29, 2012 and February 5, 2012.
In December 2013, John Green revealed that he is in the progress of writing a new book, with the working title, The Racket. He sold 5,000 words of a rough draft on Indigogo for $10 in order to raise money for the Project For Awesome charity.
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. In the project's final video, the brothers revealed that they would extend their video correspondence indefinitely, and as of 2013[update] 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". 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, and the Foundation to Decrease World Suck, the brothers' own charity.
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. 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, and Mental Floss (stylized as "mental_floss").
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.” 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
In 2007, the Greens introduced the charity project entitled the Project for Awesome (P4A), 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.
Green lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, Sarah Urist Green, who previously worked as the Curator of Contemporary Art at Indianapolis Museum of Art, left that position to start a project with PBS called "The Art Assignment."  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. 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").
- Looking for Alaska (2005; ISBN 0-525-47506-0)
- An Abundance of Katherines (2006; ISBN 0-525-47688-1)
- Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances - with Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle (2008; ISBN 0-142-41214-7)
- Paper Towns (2008; ISBN 0-525-47818-8)
- Will Grayson, Will Grayson - with David Levithan (2010; ISBN 0-525-42158-0)
- The Fault in Our Stars (2012; ISBN 0-525-47881-7)
- "The Approximate Cost of Loving Caroline", Twice Told: Original Stories Inspired by Original Artwork by Scott Hunt (2006)
- "The Great American Morp", 21 Proms, eds. David Levithan and Daniel Ehrenhaft (2007)
- "Freak the Geek", Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd (2009)
- "Reasons", What You Wish For (2011)
- Double on Call and Other Short Stories (2012)
- (2009) Thisisnottom, an interactive novel hidden behind riddles.
- (2010) Zombicorns, an online Creative Commons licensed zombie novella.
- (2012) The War for Banks Island, a sequel to Zombicorns released via email to people who donated to P4A.
- The Sequel, an unfinished novel, much of which was reworked into The Fault in Our Stars. The first 6,000 words are available via email to P4A donors.
Awards and nominations
|2006||Michael L. Printz Award||Looking For Alaska||N/A||Won|||
|2007||An Abundance of Katherines||N/A||Nominated (Honor)|||
|2009||Edgar Allan Poe Award||Paper Towns||Best Young Adult Novel||Won|||
|2012||Indiana Authors Award||N/A||National Author Award||Won|||
|2013||Children's Choice Book Awards||The Fault in Our Stars||Teen Book of the Year||Won|||
- "Michael L. Printz Winners and Honor Books". YALSA. American Library Association. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
- "NY Times Bestseller Children's Chapter Books List for Jan 29 2012". Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- Green, John (2012). The Fault in Our Stars. London: Penguin. p. 316. ISBN 0-525-47881-7.
- Brotherhood 2.0: May 16: Beating the EBO into the ground; Vlogbrothers video blog, May 16, 2007; 2:25
- "About the author: John Green". Penguin Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- "Youtube Video: On Middle School Misery". Youtube.com. Vlogbrothers. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- "Hospital Chaplain: The Miracle of Swindon Town #33 - YouTube". Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- "Interview: John Green". Sydney Morning Herald. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- "Author Interview: John Green". Book Wholesalers, Inc. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- Questions about Looking for Alaska (Spoilers!) johngreenbooks.com
- "Movie Questions". John Green: new york times bestselling author. John Green (johngreenbooks.com). June 2010. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
- Green, John (26 November 2011). What happened to a Looking For Alaska movie?, http://fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com (personal blog of John Green reporting on Looking for Alaska movie status)
- "Children's Paperback Books". Retrieved 2013-03-08.
- New York Times Bestselling Children's Books, November 27, 2009
- Amazon listing amazon.com
- "Best Sellers". New York Times. November 2, 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
- vlogbrothers youtube.com
- "2009 Edgar Award Winners". Archived from the original on August 2012.
- "Interview with David Levithan". Retrieved 2009-02-27.
- Amazon listing amazon.com
- Stonewall Book Awards List
- Odyssey Award#Recipients
- "What I'm Working On". Retrieved 2009-08-04.
- "NY Times Bestseller Children's Chapter Books List for Feb 5 2012". Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- Green, John. "The Project for Awesome". Retrieved 18 December 2013.
- WSJ, Local Politics, Web Money (Sept. 28, 2007)
- NPR, All Things Considered, Brothers Reconnect Using Video Blogging (Jan. 20, 2008)
- December 31, 2007 video
- "Crash Course!". YouTube, Inc. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
- "mental_floss". Mental Floss, LLC.
- John Green; Hank Green (31). "VidCon Questions Answered". YouTube. YouTube. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
- John Green; Hank Green (2011). "Home". Project4Awesome 2011. Project For Awesome. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
- http://www.indystar.com/article/20130924/THINGSTODO03/309240029/Sarah-Green-exiting-IMA-develop-PBS-series?nclick_check=1. Missing or empty
- http://nerdfighteria.info/video/54/6mKgPDp6Y-w. Missing or empty
- Thisisnottom thisisnottom.com
- Thisisnotforums - The Unofficial Thisisnottom Forums thisisnotforums.com
- Didn’t get your chance to get your hands on John Green’s Zombie Apocalypse Novella?
- "DFTBA". DFTBA Records LLC. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- "@realjohngreen". Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- "2006 Printz Award". Young Adult Library Services Association. American Library Association. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
- "Michael L. Printz Winners and Honor Books (archived)". Young Adult Library Association. American Library Association. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
- "2012 Indiana Authors Award Recipients Honored". PR Newswire. October 26, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
- Agence France-Presse (May 14, 2013). "Jeff Kinney, VlogBrother win Children's Choice Book Awards". Global Post. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
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- Official website
- Nerdfighters home page
- The Brotherhood 2.0 Project
- Online novel and fanbase created by Green
- YouTube - vlogbrothers's Channel
- John Green's Tumblr
- YouTube - Interview on "The Interview Show"
- list of every book mentioned in a vlogbrothers video, originally compiled by a "Nerdfighter" named Lauren.
- the Kiva.org Nerdfighters group