The brothers are making 17 stops on this tour. At each stop they are performing at a venue of around 500. There were sell outs in the 6 cities before New Orleans and though NOLA didn't sell out, there were over 450 people in the audience last night. I was blown away because I knew so many of them. I did not see any librarians that I knew, but the audience was made up of mostly teens and 20 somethings. So there were a lot of my former students there. Every time I turned around, someone else was calling out "Ms. Kahn" to me. That made it a lot of fun. John and his brother Hank created a Youtube channel called the Vlog Brothers. I have seen some of the videos, but I don't follow it. So I missed many of the references that they made. Oh well, that is the curse of getting old. You can't keep up with pop culture.
John started the event with a reading from the book. I can't wait to dig into it because it tells the story of two teens and their heroic fight against cancer. As a cancer survivor myself, I am intrigued to hear about treatment from a teen's point of view. The book is all about heroism. John said that he began forming the story when he asked himself if a person dies young can they live a heroic life. He believes you can.
Hank is a singer and the creator of DFTBA, which means Don't Forget to Be Awesome. This is the tenet of the nerdfighters. Anyway, he sang a bunch of songs last night. My favorite of the evening was Book Eight, where he laments that the epilogue of HP 7 is garbage, and JK Rowling needs to write an 8th book in the series.
The books were pre-signed, but I decided to stay to get my books personalized. I was able to get a few close up shots of the guys. Chad, in the striped shirt, graduated from PFTSTA in 2009. He was an active member of Bookmarked and spent a lot of his free time hanging in the library.
By the way, you can listen to Susan Larson interview John Green on WWNO's The Reading Life.
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