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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

"Harvard Book Store welcomed curator and Yale faculty member Sarah Lewis for a discussion of her new book, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery. The gift of failure is a riddle. Like the number zero, it will always be both a void and the start of infinite possibility. The Rise'a soulful celebration of the determination and courage of the human spirit'makes the case that many of our greatest triumphs come from understanding the importance of this mystery. The Rise explores the inestimable value of often ignored ideas'the power of surrender for fortitude, the criticality of play for innovation, the propulsion of the near win on the road to mastery, and the importance of grit and creative practice."

**Sarah Lewis** is an Assistant Professor at Harvard University in the Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Department of African and African American Studies. Her articles on race, contemporary art, and culture have been published in many academic journals as well as The New Yorker, the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America and for the Smithsonian, The Museum of Modern Art, and Rizzoli. Lewis is a frequent keynote speaker at many universities and conferences from TED, SXSW, PopTech, ASCD and for a wide range of organizations from the Aspen Ideas Festival to the Federal Reserve Bank. Her work has been profiled in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.