This Goodly Land

John Green (August 24, 1977–present)

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John Green was born in Indianapolis, Ind. Soon afterward, his family moved to Florida where he grew up in Orlando. For his last three years of high school, he attended Indian Springs School, a boarding school in Indian Springs, Ala. After graduating, Green enrolled at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. He majored in English and religious studies, earning his BA in 2000. Green served as a hospital chaplain briefly after college, then moved to Chicago and worked at Booklist magazine as an editor and a book reviewer. He was also a commentator on the National Public Radio program All Things Considered.

While Green was living in Chicago, he began writing a novel based on his years at Indian Springs. Looking for Alaska was published in 2005. His second and third novels were published in 2006 and 2008, respectively. The success of his books enabled Green to resign from Booklist to write full time. He moved from Chicago to New York, then from New York to Indianapolis. In 2007, Green and his younger brother launched an experimental video blog, Brotherhood 2.0, in which they communicated with each other via videos they posted daily to the blog site. The site proved popular with fans, and the brothers continued posting videos after the one-year experiment ended.

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John Green writes young adult novels about bookish teenage boys trying to figure out their place in the world. Looking for Alaska is set at a fictional version of Indian Springs School in Indian Springs, Ala.

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Last updated on Oct 02, 2009.

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