Is failure a gift to the creative process? Sarah Lewis investigates the importance of grit and perseverance in her new book The Rise.
Her nonfiction debut, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery(Simon & Schuster, translation rights in 6 countries to date), is an atlas of stories of innovation, discovery, and the creative progress spurred on by advantages gleaned from the improbable, the unlikely, even failure. Her essays on contemporary art have been published widely. Her second book Black Sea, Black Atlantic: Frederick Douglass, The Circassian Beauties, and American Racial Formation in the Wake of the Civil War is under contract with Harvard University Press for release in 2015.