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In anticipation of the June 5 movie release of  The Fault in Our Stars, based on John Green’s #1 bestselling novel, 20th Century Fox launched a “Demand the Stars” tour last week with four events in Miami, FL; Cleveland, OH; Nashville, TN; and Dallas, TX. With crowds ranging from 2,000 to 5,000 in each market, the tour was a fantastic success.  Featuring  John Green and cast from The Fault in Our Stars film, each event included an exclusive 10-minute featurette with clips from the movie, cast interviews, and a behind-the-scenes peek at the filming. The clip was followed by a 30-minute Q&A with Green and actors Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff. The tour made the front page of The Cleveland Plain Dealer with one fan quoted as saying, “Mom, as long as I’m in the same room and breathing the same air as John Green, I don’t care.” Tumblr “meet and greets” after the event allowed select winners to get posters and books signed by John and the cast, as well as a photo opportunity. These more intimate gatherings allowed for moments such as this one in Dallas. The Nashville tour was featured in this week’s PW Daily and a red carpet at each stop ensured extensive local and national coverage. To get a sense of things from John Green’s perspective, watch his video here.
Tuesday morning,  NBC’s Today Show announced John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton Children’s Books, 1/10/12; Speak, 4/8/14) as its May Book Club Pick.  Green sat down with Today host Willie Geist for a one-on-one interview, in which he talks about why he wrote the book, his involvement with the film, and the actors who were chosen to play his characters. The month-long Today promotion will include giveaways, and outreach with trivia questions on Today’s social media platforms, culminating in a Google Hangout on June 2 from the New York premiere of The Fault in Our Stars on the red carpet with Green and cast members. In other John Green news, BuzzFeed visited the Amsterdam set of The Fault in Our Stars  film for their feature interview with Green. The piece gives an overview of his involvement with the movie, online career and backlist, as well as mentioning This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl (Dutton Children’s Books, 1/28). Click here to read more. John also wrote an essay for the June issue of Cosmopolitan entitled “Can You Get Too Old for YA Novels?”  Read the piece here. Watch The Fault in Our Stars video
#1 New York Times-bestselling Dutton Children’s Books author John Green attended the TIME 100 gala at New York’s Lincon Center on Tuesday night as one of the year’s 100 most influential people recognized by the magazine.  Green conducted a number of interviews on the event’s red carpet, including one with Vulture, in which he talked about recently watching a screening of The Fault in Our Stars film:  “I watched the movie for the first time with my wife, and I was very nervous, because I didn’t know if I was going to like it or not. My wife actually cried much more at the movie than she did the book! But I was deeply, deeply moved. And I was really overwhelmed. I laughed and cried a lot.”    The new edition of Entertainment Weekly that hits newsstands on Friday devotes its cover and a 9-page feature to The Fault in Our Stars, including interviews with Green and producer Wyck Godfrey as well as cast members Ansel Elgort, Shailene Woodley, and Nat Wolff.  The 20th Century Fox film opens nationwide on June 6 and the just-released full The Fault in Our Stars trailer can be viewed here.
TIME magazine has released its 2014 list of 100 Most Influential People, which includes Dutton Children’s Books author John Green, who TIME also calls a “teen whisper.” Actress Shailene Woodley, who stars in the upcoming film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars,  writes the essay accompanying Green’s entry and offers high praise. Here is an excerpt:  “Some say that through his books, John gives a voice to teenagers. I humbly disagree. I think John hears the voices of teenagers. He acknowledges the intelligence and vulnerability that stem from those beautiful years when we are, for the first time, discovering the world and ourselves outside of our familial stories. But he doesn’t just listen to young adults. He treats every human he meets as their own planet, rather than simply one of his moons.” To read Woodley’s full essay and see the rest of the TIME 100 list, click here.
Dutton Juvenile author John Green was presented with the Innovator’s Award at the 34th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, awarded Friday night in Los Angeles.   Los Angeles Times book critic David L. Ulin commented, “Not only is John Green a terrific novelist, but he’s also a role model for the power of individual responsibility. Through his novels, videos, events and other interactions, he encourages readers of all ages to live and think deeply, to engage with compassion, and to embrace passion and creativity.” To read more about the L.A. Times Book Prizes, click here.