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YA Wednesday: Nerdfighters!

In this edition of YA Wednesday, we are loving John and Hank Green, and YouTube.

Paper Towns in Seattle
A reading with the Greens is like hanging out in your parents' basement with a bunch of smart, sweet, goofy friends.

John Green read at the Seattle Public Library last night from his new book (and, as he announced, soon to be New York Times bestseller), Paper Towns. Hank played a couple of songs--"Book 8" (Harry Potter-wise) and "The List." The brothers chatted back and forth, answered questions, and generally entertained an auditorium packed with many enthusiastic Margo Roth Spiegelman and Nerdfighters fans. (Nerdfighters = ning network, check it out.)

I was sitting in the back, taking notes old-style for this post, when I noticed that every fifth person in the audience was recording it on their phones. So, thanks to ardent YouTubers like momentofzen, you can enjoy it for yourself. Here's Green reading from Paper Towns, p. 23:

A definite highlight of the evening was special guest, sweetafton23 from YouTube, who performed her original song "My Hope" (MySpace hilarity):


Green (John) posted a video yesterday about his (somewhat embarrassing) visit to an unnamed Seattle school, and nanowrimo (i.e., why he's not doing it):

The tour goes through November, so you may still be able to catch them live. And a last note, JG also announced this week that Paper Towns has been optioned for a movie.

Sherman Alexie on The Colbert Report
I was planning to make this edition all about John Green, but then I saw Colbert and Alexie talking about The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, or not (en garde!):


(thanks, Educating Alice)

Quick links...

Guess who is doing nanowrimo: Neil Gaiman.

Deadwoodjones Little Willow interviews Helen Hemphill, author of The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones (which we're currently reading at our house) on GuysLitWire.

Teen books, not just for teens: Christian Science Monitor and Library Journal. (found on Ypulse)

More GuysLitWire: books for screenwriting teens.

The New York Times on urban fiction. (literary license)

Newish blog, Bookends, on Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson.

--Heidi

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