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  • Writer's pictureShawn Maus

My Book List Recommendations - Feel free to ask me why!

Updated: Nov 25, 2020

I was asked to speak to a media class about my experiences and thoughts on the future of the show business. At the end of the class I recommended some books for the students to read that I felt would help them on their journey.

Here's my list:

  1. Book Recommendations

  • The Movie Business Book - Jason Squire

  • The Anatomy of Story - John Truby

  • Sell or Be Sold - Grant Gardone

  • The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs - Carmine Gallo

  • The Power of Human Connection - Kody Bateman

  • The Art of Dramatic Writing - Lajos Egri

  • Reading the Silver Screen - Thomas C. Foster (bonuses: How to Read Literature Like a Professor, How to Read Novels Like a Professor)

  • Three Uses of the Knife (On the Nature and Purpose of Drama) - David Mamet

  • Rising Strong - Brene Brown

  • Into the Woods, A Five Act Journey into Story - John Yorke

  • The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus

For Screenwriters:

  • Save the Cat by Blake Snyder

  • Your Screenplay Sucks by William M. Ackers

  • Inside Story by Dara Marks

  • The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers by Christopher Vogler

  • Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman

Bonus books:

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (because this is a good 'yarn' and has so many lessons for us today)

  • Thank you for Arguing by Jay Heinrichs (you have to know the art of persuasion - plus it references how Homer Simpson can teach us about the art of persuasion!)

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