Author John Green is best known for his young adult fiction such as The Fault In Our Stars and Looking For Alaska but will be now moving towards nonfiction.
The new John Green book will focus on his personal opinions on a range of topics such as fast food breakfasts to cholera.
The Anthropocene Reviewed takes its title from John Green’s podcast in which he rates aspects of humanity’s time on Earth – the Anthropocene era – out of five. The podcast’s regular essay portions aided Green with the publication of 2017 novel Turtles All the Way Down.
“I like the format of it, and it’s enough work per month to keep me very busy without stressing me out,” Green told journalists in 2018. “I’m a pretty slow writer, so those essays take me a while to work on. I enjoy them, so for now I’m mostly focusing on that.”
Green’s first nonfiction book is scheduled for release on May 18, 2021.
The book is an adaptation and development of the podcast, adding new essays alongside earlier favourites.
In a statement accompanying the announcement of the Anthropocene book, Green compared his essays to earlier book reviews he wrote for Booklist Publications before he hit success as a YA author.
“The format still fascinates me,” he said. “As I’ve been revising and expanding the essays for ‘The Anthropocene Reviewed,’ I’ve begun to understand these reviews as an attempt to chart the contradictions of human life as I experience it – how we can be so compassionate and so cruel, so persistent and so quick to despair, and how consciousness is at once depraved in its meaninglessness and profoundly sacred in its meaning.”