John Green (author)

John Green (author)
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John Green

Green speaking at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis (September 2008)
Born John Michael Green
August 24, 1977 (1977-08-24) (age 34)
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Education Double major in English and Religious Studies
Alma mater Kenyon College
Period 2005-present
Genres Young Adult Fiction
Notable work(s) Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines, Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Notable award(s) Michael L. Printz Award
2006 Looking for Alaska
Spouse(s) Sarah Urist Green
Children Henry Green
Relative(s) Hank Green (brother)

John Michael Green (born August 24, 1977 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American author of young adult fiction and a YouTube vlogger.


Early life and career

Green attended Indian Springs School, a boarding and day school outside of Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Kenyon College in 2000 with a double major in English and Religious Studies. His first book, Looking for Alaska, was largely inspired by his time at Indian Springs School.[1]

Green lived for several years after that in Chicago, where he worked for Booklist Magazine, a book review journal. While there, he reviewed hundreds of books of all varieties; his reviewing specialties included literary fiction, books about Islam, and books about conjoined twins. Green lived in New York City for two years while his wife attended graduate school. Green's book criticism has also appeared in The New York Times Books Review. Green has also written for National Public Radio's All Things Considered, for Chicago's public radio station, WBEZ, and for the now defunct internet magazine KnotMag.[1]


Brotherhood 2.0 project

John Green and his brother Hank ran a video blog project called Brotherhood 2.0. The original project ran from January 1 to December 31, 2007, with the premise that the brothers would cease all text-based ("textual") communication for the year and instead converse by video blogs, made available to the public via YouTube (where they are known as the "vlogbrothers") and on their Brotherhood 2.0 website.[2][3]

Vlogbrothers after Brotherhood 2.0

In their December 31, 2007 video, the brothers revealed their decision to continue vlogging even though the project had ended. Following the conclusion of Brotherhood 2.0, a website was set up for their fans at

The duo also created a sub-project of Vlogbrothers called Truth or Fail, a game show that is most frequently hosted by Hank in addition to a variety of guest hosts.

On January 21, 2010, Green went on paternity leave and "Secret Sister" Maureen Johnson made videos in his place until February 10, 2010. John's only vlog during that period was on January 28, when he read from J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye as a eulogy/tribute to the author; Miles, the narrator of Looking for Alaska, is frequently compared to the narrator of The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield.

Green "introduced" his son Henry Green upon his return to vlogging on February 15, 2010.


Green's first novel, Looking for Alaska (2005), won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association, and made the ALA 2005 Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults. The film rights to Looking for Alaska were purchased by Paramount in 2005 and the movie scheduled to be released in 2013.

His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines (2006), was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and may also be made into a movie in the future.

Green collaborated on a book with fellow young adult authors Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle called Let It Snow (2008), which contains three interconnected short stories that take place in the same small town on Christmas Eve during a massive snowstorm. The story that he penned is called "A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle". On November 27, 2009, the book reached number 10 on the New York Times bestseller list for paperback children's books.[4]

Green's third novel, Paper Towns, was released on October 16, 2008.[5] It debuted at number 5 on the New York Times bestseller list for children's books,[6] and the movie rights to Paper Towns have been optioned by Mandate Pictures and Mr. Mudd.[7] 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[8] and the 2010 Corine Literature Prize.

Green has collaborated with fellow young adult writer and friend David Levithan on a book entitled Will Grayson, Will Grayson,[9] which was released April 6, 2010.[10] John Green appeared on the sixty-first episode of Smart Mouths Podcast to discuss Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

In August 2009, Green confirmed he was writing a new book, titled The Sequel,[11] with an expected release in 2011. On a BlogTV show, he announced that he had scrapped The Sequel. His fifth book, titled The Fault in Our Stars was officially announced on June 28, 2011, with an expected release of January 12, 2012. On a YouTube live show, John explained that several parts of The Sequel were reworked into The Fault in Our Stars.

Personal life

Green currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, Sarah (also known as "The Yeti" in his video blogs, due to her request not to be seen on camera), his son Henry, and his dog, a West Highland Terrier, named Willy (full name Fireball Wilson Roberts). According to his blog entry of May 16, 2007, Green was born in Indianapolis, but his family moved three weeks after he was born. He has also lived in East Lansing, Michigan; Birmingham, Alabama; Orlando, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; and New York City.[12]



Short stories

  • (2006) "The Approximate Cost of Loving Caroline" (part of Twice Told: Original Stories Inspired by Original Artwork by Scott Hunt)
  • (2007) "The Great American Morp" (part of the 21 Proms anthology edited by David Levithan and Daniel Ehrenhaft)
  • (2009) "Freak the Geek" (part of Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd)


  • (2009) Thisisnottom, an interactive novel hidden behind riddles.[13][14]
  • (2010) Zombicorns, an online Creative Commons licensed zombie novella.[15]


External links

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