Top 10 SXSW 2018 Best-Selling Books to Read this Summer

SXSW is the premier destination for thousands of creatives from a vast and diverse range of industries to discover what’s next. From the stage to the page, read on to explore best-sellers from SXSW speakers to add to your reading list.

The SXSW Conference highlights some of the most inspirational thinkers and industry leaders across SXSW-curated programming tracks. Each event, attendees hear from a multitude of creative problem solvers and visionary storytellers and have the chance to meet their favorite authors and speakers during book signings at the SXSW Bookstore. With hundreds of titles from SXSW and SXSW EDU speakers, the SXSW Bookstore offers a convenient opportunity for attendees to network and pickup copies of their favorite speakers’ books.

Whether you attended SXSW last season and can’t get enough of our 2018 speakers or you’re simply looking for a good summer read, we curated a list of best-selling books from SXSW and SXSW EDU 2018 for you to check out.

10 Books by SXSW 2018 Speakers

Non-Obvious – Rohit Bhargava

Marketing expert and Georgetown University Professor Rohit Bhargava has a unique skill for predicting trends, especially non-obvious ones. Learn the right questions to ask and how to use the power of non-obvious to grow your business and create impact.

All These Wonders – Micaela Blei (The Moth)

From storytelling phenomenon The Moth, All These Wonders presents 45 unforgettable true stories about risk, courage, and facing the unknown. Watch the full SXSW EDU Keynote.

It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens – danah boyd

Does social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? SXSW EDU Keynote danah boyd explores what it means to grow up in the age of social media as it relates to topics such as identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying.

Principles – Ray Dalio

In this New York Times Best-seller, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, Ray Dalio, explains the value of crafting your own principles and living by them. Learn about goal-setting and creating results in both business and life. Now available as an episodic 30-minute video series.

HBR Guide to Dealing With Conflict – Amy Gallo

How do you deal with conflict? Do you typically avoid or seek conflict? Learn about yourself and collect tips by leading experts for navigating conflict on a daily basis.

Cryptocurrencies Simply Explained – Julian Hosp

Are you curious about cryptocurrencies? Dive into the world of decentralization, the blockchain, ICOs, and bitcoin in this quick read by TenX coin co-founder Dr. Julian Hosp.

The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed – Jessica Lahey

Considered essential reading for parents, educators, and psychologists, this New York Times Best-seller by SXSW EDU Keynote Jessica Lahey is a blueprint for modern parenting. Learn about the negative effects of over-parenting and steps you can take to ensure children learn to solve their own problems.

Your Story Is Your Power: Free Your Feminine Voice – Elle Luna and Susie Herrick

This practical hands-on guide helps women uncover their own narratives through introspection. Learn how family, cultural stereotypes, personality type, and personal myths shape your view of the world. Identify the influences that created the way you think and learn how your personal story changes the way you engage with the world.

Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence – Esther Perel

Iconic psychotherapist, best-selling author, and SXSW 2018 Interactive Keynote Esther Perel deconstructs the complex system of relationships and offers an interesting perspective on intimacy and long-term relationships.

The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream – Amy Webb

Learn how to think like a futurist and answer important questions about artificial intelligence, machine learning, self-driving cars, biohacking, bots, and the Internet of Things. Explore how this new technology will change the way we live, work, play, and think.

Join Us for SXSW 2019

Get inspired by a multitude of diverse visionaries at SXSW 2019. From compelling conversations with industry heavyweights and forging new connections to buzz-worthy film screenings and fresh new sounds at showcases, SXSW fosters creative and professional growth. Register to attend to join us March 8-17, 2019 in Austin, Texas for another exciting event – with more book readings and signings in store!

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