I am John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars and now a new nonfiction book, The Anthropocene Reviewed. I also cofounded educational YouTube channels like Crash Course. AMA!
Hi, reddit. I've done an AMA around the launch of each of my books since 2012, and here I am again.
I've written several novels, including The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All the Way Down. Last month, I published The Anthropocene Reviewed. It's my first book of nonfiction--a series of essays reviewing a wide range of topics (from Super Mario Kart to bubonic plague) that is also an attempt to reckon with our strange historical moment, and my personal battle against despair.
Library Journal called the book “essential to the human conversation," and the San Francisco Chronicle called it "a reminder of what it is to feel small and human, in the best possible way." It was also chosen by Amazon as a best book of the year so far, and debuted at #1 on the NYT bestseller list, all of which meant a lot to me because this book is so different from my previous work and I had no idea if people would like it.
What else? With my brother Hank, I co-created several popular YouTube series, including Crash Course and the very long-running vlogbrothers channel. Crash Course is used by more than 70 million students a year.
Other things I work on: The Life's Library Book Club, an online book club of over 9,000 members that reads together and raises money for charity; a multiyear project with Partners in Health to support the strengthening of the healthcare system in Sierra Leone; the long-running podcast Dear Hank and John; and the podcast The Anthropocene Reviewed, which is where the book got its start.
Lastly, I did sign all 250,000 copies of the first printing of The Anthropocene Reviewed book (which took around 480 hours), so if you get the hardcover U.S. edition, it will be signed--at least as long as supplies last.