Why Generosity Trumps Genius

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Austin Kleon’s STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST made him the mentor of the new generation of creative types everywhere. STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST offered a simple idea: let the creativity of others inspire your own. His follow-up, SHOW YOUR WORK, handles the next steps in the creative process: getting your work into the world so it can be discovered, and inspiring others in turn. Join us in-store April 30 at 7PM to hear Austin Kleon talk about SHOW YOUR WORK and his own adventures in stealing work, showing his own, and finding that most elusive thing for writers and artists: success.

Kleon, an Austin-based, self-described “writer who draws,” worked as a librarian, a web designer, and an advertising copywriter before becoming a published author. His first book, NEWSPAPER BLACKOUT, features poetry created by redacting words from newspaper articles in permanent marker. Kleon’s blackout poetry sparked a movement, and he regularly publishes his own blackout poetry and submissions from readers all over the world on NewspaperBlackout.com. STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST, Kleon’s second book, sprang from a talk he gave to students at a community college in New York. Kleon wrote down the ten things about creativity he wished someone had told him when he was starting out as a writer, and his slides and art from the talk went viral. Kleon expanded that talk into STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST, which became a New York Times bestseller and has now been translated into over a dozen languages.

SHOW YOUR WORK lays out a roadmap to building an audience and learning how to survive as an artist in the public eye. In ten pocket-size chapters, SHOW YOUR WORK offers concrete tips and tools for today’s Internet-obsessed and procrastinating society on ways to get your creative work out there, develop the thicker skin necessary to grow as an artist, and make your work worthy of being stolen in turn. Kleon follows his own advice, as well, showing his newest work and sharing his latest steps in his own creative process on his Tumblr and Pinterest sites. Kleon’s playful style and genuine insight make his workshops, readings, and speaking engagements unforgettable experiences (check out his talks at places like SXSW, Pixar, and Google). With Austin Kleon as your guide, the scary process of putting your work out into the world for people to see will be a lot less daunting, believe us. Join us for an evening with him and find out for yourself just how easy creativity can be!

Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780761178972
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Workman Publishing - April 15th, 2014

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