This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the official Tour de Nerdfighting with John Green & Hank Green … that is to say, the rock show that was pretending to be John’s book tour for The Fault in Our Stars.
Anyone who’s been to one of these tour stops knows how amazing it is. It’s not just a book reading or a signing; it’s an experience. And while I was grateful for John and Hank for making Portland part of the tour, what I took away most from this event wasn’t anything they did specifically.
Rather, the most significant part of the Tour de Nerdfighting for me, was spending the afternoon in a room filled with a few hundred people — mostly teenagers — who were unapologetically exuberant about an author and books and writing and generally being awesome people. The fact that John & Hank have inspired that sort of enthusiasm among teens for books and literature and embracing their nerd side just makes me all kinds of happy. And that happiness was embodied during the Tour de Nerdfighting.
And now, onto the photos and videos and contests.
The event started out with John reading from his #1 NYT best-seller, The Fault in Our Stars:
And Hank sang some songs:
And then a “surprise performance by Sleater Kinney” … good job, Greens. You had us fooled for about two seconds:
Followed by Q&A and more music:
During the Q&A sessions, John & Hank have a rule: whoever goes over their time limit and is speaking when they run out of time, gets shocked. John (as noted by the triumphant fists in the air in the photo above) was victorious. I captured Hank’s shocking punishment in video:
And then, the epic finale:
Win a Tour de Nerdfighting Poster
I managed to snag a few extra Tour de Nerdfighting posters while I was there, and if you couldn’t make it to one of the tour stops, you are in luck. Because we’re giving away three Tour de Nerdfighting posters right now!
Just fill out the Novel Novice Nerdfighter Poster Contest Entry Form & tell us your favorite John Green book for your chance to win!
The rules are:
- U.S. only
- One entry per person
- Use the entry form
All entries are due by midnight (PT) on Friday, February 3rd!
For the comments: Did you make it to another one of the Tour de Nerdfighting events? Tell us about it below!