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I dislike the phrase ‘Internet friends,’ because it implies that people you know online aren’t really your friends, that somehow the friendship is less real or meaningful to you because it happens through Skype or text messages. The measure of a friendship is not its physicality but its significance. Good friendships, online or off, urge us toward empathy; they give us comfort and also pull us out of the prisons of our selves
—  John Green - (from the introduction of “This Star Won’t Go Out” by Esther Earl)
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Happy Esther Day, a holiday to celebrate love for family and friends! 

Tell a friend or family member that you love them: pick up the phone, make a YouTube video, leave them a voicemail, tell them over coffee. Tag posts about your #Esther Day to share them with the world.

Esther passed away from thyroid cancer in late August 2010, aged 16. The non-profit foundation This Star Won’t Go Out was established in her memory. You can find out more about Esther and donate to TSWGO here.

I’m happy to share this recently commissioned portrait of Miss. Esther Earl!

It was a pleasure working with her parents on this special gift for John Green, and I’m honored to help keep her star burning! :)

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Esther’s story, as well as being an exceptional young lady in her own right, she was also a huge inspiration for John Green’s The Fault in out Stars.

If you are interested, please check out the “This Star Wont Go Out Foundation”, a non-profit foundation headed my Esther’s parents, Lori and Wayne. They continue to serve families with children diagnosed with life-threatening cancer in Esther’s honor. There you can read more about her life and legacy!

We love Esther!

Wishing everyone the best this spring!

Audrey Benjaminsen 2015

I’ve said many times over the last 15 months that The Fault in Our Stars, while it is dedicated to my friend Esther Earl, is not about her.

Esther’s story–her true, powerful, funny, painful story–belongs to her and to her family, and I am so excited that it’s going to be told in this amazing book, which comes out in January, 2014 and is available for preorder RIGHT NOW at bn.com and amazon

This Star Won’t Go Out will include diary entries and sketches from Esther, and you’ll all finally get to see what a lovely writer she was. There will also be writing from Lori and Wayne, Esther’s parents, and an introduction by me.

PREORDER!

Celebrate the life of Esther Grace Earl on February 1, 2014.

As many of you know, This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl, a collection of journals, fiction, letters, photographs and sketches by Esther Earl, who passed away in 2010, is being released on on January 28, 2014. On February 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM, the Earl family will be honoring the release of Esther’s book with an awesome, multi-media event featuring presentations by family and friends, as well as performances by Wizard Rock bands. Come join the Earls and Esther’s friends as they pay tribute to Esther’s life and work!

This is a special, one-time event hosted by Wellesley Books in Massachusetts at an off-site location and will therefore be ticketed. Tickets cost $25 and include a copy of This Star Won’t Go Out; ticket holders will also have the option of purchasing one additional guest ticket for $5. Tickets are available for purchase starting TODAY through Wellesley Books’ website or by calling (781) 431-1160. 

The event will be taking place outside of Boston at Wilson Middle School in Natick, Massachusetts. More information about the event can be found here. Hope to see you there!

Celebrate the life of Esther Grace Earl on February 1, 2014!

MORE UPDATES: Scroll to the bottom of the post to check out the local TSWGO event listing! If you’re doing an event at a bookstore, library, etc. around the live stream, or just to celebrate the release of This Star Won’t Go Out, drop a note in our Ask Box and let us know. We will add it to the listing!

UPDATE: We originally announced this event on December 26th, but we have new information to share! If you can’t attend the This Star Won’t Go Out release party in person, you can still participate! We will be live streaming the event on the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel, so be sure to tune in at 7 PM Eastern on February 1. 

Want to celebrate the release of This Star Won’t Go Out in your own community? Whether you’re planning a launch event around the live stream, a school fundraiser, or hosting a book club at your local library, we’d love to hear how you’ll be joining inSend us an Ask with all the information and we will add it to this post so that people can find out about events in their area.

CONFIRMED PERFORMANCES:

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This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl, a collection of journals, fiction, letters, photographs and sketches by Esther Earl, who passed away in 2010, is being released on on January 28, 2014.

On February 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM, the Earl family will be celebrating the release of Esther’s book with an awesome, multi-media event featuring presentations by family and friends, as well as performances by Wizard Rock bands. Come join the Earls and Esther’s friends as they pay tribute to Esther’s life and work!

This is a special, one-time event hosted by Wellesley Books in Massachusetts at an off-site location and will therefore be ticketed. Tickets cost $25 and include a copy of This Star Won’t Go Out; ticket holders will also have the option of purchasing one additional guest ticket for $5. Tickets are available for purchase starting TODAY through Wellesley Books’ website or by calling (781) 431-1160. 

The event will be taking place outside of Boston at Wilson Middle School in Natick, Massachusetts. Hope to see you there!

LOCAL EVENTS:

TORONTO:

Berczy Park
1 PM - 9 PM
For more info, check out the official event listing. If you’re in the Toronto area, also be sure to check out the official Toronto Nerdfighter group.

GEORGIA: 

Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School (hosted by Avid Bookshop)
1600 Tallahassee Road
Athens, GA 
February 1, 2014 - 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
*No admission charge - will be showing the live streamed event*

Help my friend Maddie raise money for TSWGO! 

In August, shortly after Leakycon, I’m shaving my friend Maddie’s head. In the weeks leading to August, Maddie is raising money for This Star Won’t Go Out, an charity that helps families who have a child with cancer that was founded in the memory of our dear friend Esther.

Maddie’s wanted to shave her head for ages, and she’ll be doing it regardless of what we earn, but this is a great chance to give to an amazing organization. She’ll be donating her hair as well. I hope you guys consider giving!

I’m making little crocheted star plushies for the campaign, if you want one of those!

Click here (or the picture above) to donate.

(Illustration credit: siriusly-though394)

Happy Esther Day, a holiday to celebrate love for family and friends!

Today, tell a friend or family member that you love them: pick up the phone, make a YouTube video, leave them a voicemail, tell them over coffee. Tag posts about your #Esther Day to share them with the world.

Esther passed away from thyroid cancer in late August 2010, aged 16. The non-profit foundation This Star Won’t Go Out was established in her memory. Find out more about Esther and donate to TSWGO here.