I love books.
And I love bookstores. One of my all-time favorite bookstores remains a hidden treasure: the SXSW Bookstore.
The SXSW Bookstore is a candy store for the creative mind that only pops up once a year on the 4th floor of the Austin Convention Center. Just browsing the tightly packed shelves in the crowded aisle opens your eyes, stirs the imagination and exhilarates the mind.
Resistance to the temptation proves futile every year, so some of my prior buys include:
- , Susan Weinschenk
- , Mike Rohde
- , Dave Gray, Sunni Brown, and James Mcanufo
- , Glen Griffin and Deborah Morrisson
And those are just the ones on the “To Read” shelf! This year, I added two more to that shelf as well:
- , Jessica Hagy
- , Ekaterina Walter and Jessica Gioglio
The best part of the SXSW Bookstore: hearing and meeting the authors themselves. While not authors make SXSW appearances, those that do stage book signings. I met Dan Pink when he released Whole New Mind and picked up his manga business manual, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko, 2 years later (free!) at one of his sessions. I bought Amazing Things Will Happen after hearing CC Chapman read a short segment at SXSW Interactive 2013. And though I had already read (and loved!) The Art of Explanation as an e-book, I got to meet the author, Lee Lefever, at his book signing by the SXSW bookstore just last year.
I’d share more about each and every one of those books with you right now — but I’ve got some reading to do.