By Sarah Yurch | June 14 2023 | Nonfiction

We’ve all seen the proliferation of artistic content created by generative AI. From visual art to poetry to music, advanced technology is entering realms once thought to be solely the domain of human beings.

At the same time, clips of a TED talk by Ethan Hawke on the value of human creativity have begun to recirculate on social media. Hawke makes the point that art is “sustenance” and is “vital” to humans. What matters to him is not the artistic output, but the impulse toward self-expression as a means of healing, understanding, and connection.

The notion that it is the creative act rather than the final product that matters is not new, but perhaps is newly relevant. It’s a philosophy echoed in several of our books that nurture readers’ creativity. See below for some of our top titles or click here for a more complete list.

Burn After Writing (Pink)
The national bestseller. Write. Burn. Repeat. Now with new covers to match whatever mood you’re in."This book has made me laugh and cry, filled me with joy, and inspired me." -TikTok user camrynbanks
$14.00 US
Oct 27, 2020
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Wreck This Journal: Now in Color
Now in spectacular full color throughout, a special 10th anniversary edition of the internationally bestselling journal that started it all--with more than 7 million copies sold!
$16.00 US
Jun 06, 2017
Penguin Books
US, Canada, Open Mkt

The Creative Act
A Way of Being
From the legendary music producer, a master at helping people connect with the wellsprings of their creativity, comes a beautifully crafted book many years in the making that offers that same deep wisdom to all of us
$32.00 US
Jan 17, 2023
Penguin Press
US, Canada, Open Mkt

The Artist's Way
30th Anniversary Edition
Since it was first published twenty-five years ago, The Artist's Way has inspired millions to overcome the limiting beliefs and fears that inhibit the creative process.
$19.00 US
Oct 25, 2016
US/CAN (No Open Mkt)

Kickstart Creativity
50 Prompted Cards to Spark Inspiration
Bust through creative blocks and ignite innovative problem-solving with this 50-card deck of prompts for creative experimentation.
$17.99 US
Feb 02, 2021
Clarkson Potter

How to Be an Artist
"Inspiration leaps off the pages from Jerry Saltz's new book on creativity. . . . This book is for the artist or non-artist, for the person who gets plain English, for the person who understands that practical talk can coax out the mystical messages that lie underneath." --Steve Martin
$24.00 US
Mar 17, 2020
Riverhead Books
US, Canada, Open Mkt