Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon is an artist who draws and a bestselling author. Austin published the books 'Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative' and 'Show Your Work! 10 Things Nobody Told You About Getting Discovered', where he talks about creativity and marketing in the digital age. His new book is called 'Keep Going and came out in April 2019. It's a guide to staying creative in good times and bad. This book was born from his 2018 talk at Bond Conference in San Francisco, here he shared 10 tools that have helped him stay creative in chaotic times. He also released a book called 'Newspaper Blackout', a collection of blackout poems that The New Yorker said resurrect the newspaper when everybody else is declaring it dead (you can check out here a video about it). Kleon’s books have been translated into over 20 languages. Previously, he worked as a librarian, web designer and advertising copywriter. If you want to follow his work, we highly recommend that you subscribe to his Friday newsletter, where he sends lists of 10 things he believes are worth sharing.

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Books Recommended by Austin Kleon

Tao Te Ching

by Lao Tzu

Ego Is the Enemy

by Ryan Holiday

What it is

by Lynda Barry

The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World

by Lewis Hyde

Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

by David Shields

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

by Scott McCloud

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Ed Emberley's Drawing Book: Make a World

by Ed Emberley

How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer

by Sarah Bakewell


by Stefan Zweig

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

by Neil Postman

Henry David Thoreau: A Life

by Laura Dassow Walls

Arbitrary Stupid Goal

by Tamara Shopsin

How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds

by Alan Jacobs

300 Arguments: Essays

by Sarah Manguso

The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made

by Greg SesteroTom Bissell

In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing

by Walter Murch

Inventing Kindergarten

by Norman Brosterman

The Importance of Living

by Lin Yutang

Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls

by David Sedaris

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