TEDxJacksonville Reading List!

The 2014 TEDxJacksonville speakers have a list of books you need to read. Tedx is organizing a unique event at Chamblin's Bookstores that allows you to get some background for the upcoming TEDx Event! Check out the details after the jump.

Published September 3, 2014 in Culture - MetroJacksonville.com

If you’re a TED fan and you love a good book, you’re in luck. In partnership with Chamblin’s Uptown, the TEDxJacksonville team has curated a special collection of books for local TEDsters. In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” the display—located in Chamblin’s Uptown at 215 N. Laura Street-- features recommendations from the TEDxJacksonville team and 2014 presenters, as well as a new book written by one of this year’s speakers. Selected titles vary in genre, from classic science fiction to contemporary self-help.

As a longtime local venue for literary exchange, Chamblin’s is an ideal spot for featuring “books worth spreading.” The TEDxJacksonville book display will kick off as a part of Downtown’s September Art Walk and will be available from through October 15th for readers who want to dig deeper into TEDxJacksonville’s 2014 conference theme, (un)knowing and ideas that will be shared from stage during the October 25th conference.

Of special note is 2014 speaker Herb Donaldson’s Southern Shock Americana: The Life and Execution of John Mills, Jr., a story based on the life of Donaldson’s uncle, a man sentenced to death without a fair trial. At TEDxJacksonville, Donaldson will give a talk on the impact of the death penalty on families.

Cullen Hoback, filmmaker and digital rights activist, recommends three different books for the display that connect to his upcoming TEDx Talk: “The main book I would recommend is Glenn Greenwald's No Place to Hide:Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State. Second would be Siva’s The Googlization of Everything, and third would be Pariser's The Filter Bubble.”

In addition to the above titles, the following books have been selected for their relevance to this year’s theme and their importance in shaping the lives and ideas of the speakers:

The Foundation series by Isaac Asimov

Suggested by speaker Spring Behrouz


Space Race: Solar Flare by Del Herring

Suggested by speaker Judi Herring


The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

Suggested by speaker Sara Gaver

The Geography of Nowhere by James Howard Kunstler

Suggested by speaker Ed McMahon


Feel the fear and Do it Anyway by Dr. Susan Jeffers

Suggested by speaker Ted Powell


Whatever it Takes by Paul Tough

Bearing the Cross by David Garrow

Suggested by speaker Michael Smith

World Street Art Atlas

Suggested by speaker Chip Southworth


Untamed- Wildest Woman in America by Will Harland

Suggested by speaker Warren Anderson

Further Reading: TED Book Club Recommendations

Want Not by Jonathan Miles

“TED alumnus Dave Eggers thought this was one of the best novels of 2013, and I agree completely. Miles has written a staggeringly powerful story about the relationship between contemporary Americans and their post-consumer garbage. There is not a preachy word in here, but it’s a life-changing narrative, nonetheless.”

Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread—The Lessons from New Science by Alex Pentland.

“Pentland has done more to demystifying human behavior in the wild than anyone else in the last decade. Social Physics describes his studies of individual and group behavior, gleaned from data ranging from cell phone tracking to reading entire databases of online action. One key finding: humans are better off if we’re connected, but not too connected.”

Article by By Sarah Clarke Stuart

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