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Nerdfighteria is designing the never cover for An Abundance of Katherines!

The Fault in Our Stars has a beautiful cover designed by the brilliant Rodrigo Corral. I hope you like it, too. The entire first printing of The Fault in Our Stars will be autographed by me. You can order a copy at your local bookstore or at Amazon or at B&N or anywhere else. ALL PREORDERS WILL BE SIGNED.

In which John answers questions about his new book The Fault in Our Stars, his publisher's surprising willingness to allow a nerdfighter to design the next cover of An Abundance of Katherines, laser-armed porcupines, pizza, archaeology, who the eff Hank is, etc.


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Good morning, Hank, it's Wednesday. One of the symptoms of signing madness is terrible fashion sense.

It's question Wednesday, the day that I answer real questions from real Nerdfighters, let's get right to it.

Nobulascense asks: Books or e-readers?

I don't really care how you read, I care whether you read.

Pico asks: Can you solve a Rubik's cube?

Yeah, but only in the give a million monkeys a million typewriters for a million years and eventually one of them will write Hamlet way.

SocialHazard asks: Do you have a cover for The Fault in Our Stars yet?


TacklingRabbits asks: Describe a fight between you and a laser-armed porcupine.

All right, I'd probably start with like a right cross - wait, there's a cover for The Fault in Our Stars? Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! As of two minutes ago my publisher Ju - wow I am DIZZY- Julie Strauss-Gabel said that I could share with you the cover of The Fault in Our Stars, degawbidegawbjidiggibjididdi!

I hope you like it as much as I do. Da-Da! There's the cover for The Fault in Our Stars! This cover was designed by Rodrigo Corral, my favorite book designer in the world. He designed the covers for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Super Sad True Love Story and The Glass Castle and The Marriage Plot. I'm really grateful to him for thinking enough of The Fault in Our Stars to want to design the cover, and I'm just in love with it and I hope you guys like it too.

Also, a funny thing happened. My publisher, Penguin, was so excited about all the cool covers that were designed by fans for The Fault in Our Stars that they have decided to let nerdfighteria design the new cover of An Abundance of Katherines. There's a link in the doobly-doo to, where you can find out how to submit and stuff, but basically, it's gonna be like when everybody designed covers for The Fault in Our Stars, only one of them will become the actual cover of the book, like maybe forever. So please submit covers, seriously, because the future of An Abundance of Katherines depends upon it.

TheSera asks: What's in your pockets?

Pizza, of course. What else would I put in my pockets?

HelpfulDetails asks: I used to love pizza, but I've grown to hate it. Is there something wrong with me?

HelpfulDetails, I'm gonna tell you a story. Once upon a time I stopped liking pizza, and you know why? Because I had a diseased gall bladder, and I needed abdominal surgery. Listen, I'm not a doctor, but if you stop liking pizza, is there something wrong with you? YES!

Hermayane asks: What is your opinion on the Oxford comma, and the controversy surrounding it?

I mean like, I think clarity in the written language is valuable, but debating the Oxford comma is one of those things that reminds me that we're all gonna die, and that our lives are composed of like a finite set of moments that we choose how to spend. And I can't help but think that if we turn the massive parallel processing power of our brains away from debating the Oxford comma and toward like curing malaria or writing really good Arrested Development slash fiction we might come out ahead as a species.

Claudette asks: Are you really gonna sign the entire first printing of The Fault in - Aah, YES!

SomeLostGirl asks: Recently I met a fellow nerdfighter through my pizza shirt in my archaeology class, but he hasn't been in class for five weeks. Help me find him?

Nameless boy from unknown location, why aren't you going to archaeology class? As if I don't have enough to worry about, now I have to be concerned that you're gonna fail archaeology!

IAlreadyFeelUnderPressure asks: Will there be such a thing as a Hanklerfished AND Yetified copy of the Fault in Our Stars?

Yes, but only one.

AwesomeTry asks: Who the eff is Hank?

Hank may be the largest island in the Tuscan archipelago, but Hank wasn't big enough for Napoleon. 'Hank wasn't big enough for Napoleon' are words that have never been spoken before in that order.

LivesProper asks: What do you believe brevity is the soul of?

Great question Tuesday questions.

I'm gonna do a question Tuesday in next week as well, so Nerdfighters leave your questions in comments, Hank, I will see you on Friday.