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Intrepid cub reporter

There are no lengths to which I will not go in order to score an interview. Okay, that's probably a complete and total lie. But I will go so far as driving 2 hours to Lancaster, PA in order to prod an interviewee to return answers to outstanding interview questions. Particularly when that interviewee is John Green, who I saw last in LA in 2007.

The photo is of John and I in LA, because I wasn't about to wait while more than 300 people had books signed in order to get a photo from this trip. Particularly when I had a 2-hour drive ahead of me. Moreover, the intrepid M (who is a huge John Green fan, having read An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and Let it Snow) was ready to leave after getting her new copy of Looking for Alaska signed by John. She insisted we buy a second copy for her Language A teacher at school - how sweet is that? She also got her CD of Hank Green songs (Title: So Jokes)signed by Hank, and was thrilled when she scored two high fives from Hank.

The event was, as one might expect, made of awesome. John read a few excerpts from Paper Towns. Hank sang a number of songs, as did Nerdfighter Lauren Fairweather, who sang two songs, including "Nerdfighter Like". Then Hank and John took questions for a while, and Hank closed the gig with a set of three more songs, including "Helen Hunt," "Queen Ranavalona I" and "Accio Deathly Hallows."

M and I listened to the CD all the way home. M is particularly fond of "I'm Gonna Kill You," as I knew she would be. I know this from how many times she pressed repeat. Also popular with her? "Book Eight" and "Accio Deathly Hallows".

Oh, and that interview? It's for next week's Winter Blog Blast Tour. Look for me to have an interview of Emily Jenkins on Wednesday, John Green on Thursday (assuming those answers really are on their way), and J. Patrick Lewis on Friday. I know! (Picture me doing the Izzie-from-Grey's Anatomy "rock star" thing right about now.)




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docstymie
Nov. 12th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
We saw them here last week. They were ubercool.
kellyrfineman
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
They are made of awesome. So many kids there had homemade Nerdfighter T-shirts and/or knew all the words to Hank's songs. And a lot of the questions were particularly great, and showed tremendous knowledge of John's writing.
rumphius
Nov. 12th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
Intrepid indeed! I can't believe the WBBT is next week already. Wow! Where has the time gone.

I am crazy about all three of your interviewees, so I'll definitely be back.

P.S. - I have six words ... sestina, sestina, sestina, sestina, sestina, sestina ...
kellyrfineman
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
Those six words have started to pick at me.
jamarattigan
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
Squee! Can't wait for your interviews. And you are absolutely gorgeously wonderfully photogenic :)! John's not bad, either. . .
kellyrfineman
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
M got some good photos last night. I may post a few later, with her permission.
jo_no_anne
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
She is, isn't she? I told her once that she reminded me of Lauren Graham from Gilmore Girls.
kellyrfineman
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
*blushes furiously*
sruble
Nov. 12th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
It sounds like so much fun!
kellyrfineman
Nov. 12th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
Hank and John are made of awesome.
wordsrmylife
Nov. 12th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
omg, omg, omg! Now you really are one of the cool kids, in a picture with John Green, who I am so happy won last year's Green Mountain Book Award for Looking for Alaska and who has made being a nerd completely awesome.

*shakes off teen voice, returns to adult head* I would definitely drive 2 hours to see John Green, even without outstanding interview questions. I can't wait to read Paper Towns. Can't wait to read your interviews.
kellyrfineman
Nov. 12th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
Paper Towns is excellent.
christy_lenzi
Nov. 12th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
Oo-la-la! Looking forward to it.
kellyrfineman
Nov. 12th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
:)
writerjenn
Nov. 13th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
John Green has become the rock star of YA lit.
Looking forward to the interview!
kellyrfineman
Nov. 13th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
He's certainly a rock star of YA lit. And it helps that he had Hank, who actually writes and performs songs, onstage doing actual rock-star things.
redheadedali
Nov. 13th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
A friend and I went to the first stop of the Tour de Nerdfighting and had a blast. Knowing that the Green brothers exist makes me feel a little better about the world :).
kellyrfineman
Nov. 13th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
I concur.

Also? That icon pwns.
susanwrites
Nov. 13th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
I love your interviews and look forward to this one!

Note to self - must see John in person one of these days.
liz_scanlon
Nov. 13th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
Whoa, sister!!!!!! Can't wait...
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