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Salt in My Soul (Webinar)
Time: 7pm - 8:30pm
Location: GoToMeeting (Adult Services)
On the day of Mallory Smith's memorial, her mother unlocked the electronic journal her daughter had kept and discovered 2,500 hundred pages of astonishing reflections. Mallory's work revealed the privately recorded thoughts and life of an extraordinary literary talent.
Delve into this life-affirming and page-turning memoir with the author's mother, Diane Shader Smith. Reconsider the boundary lines between illness and health and what it means to be "happy" and "normal". In the midst of our current pandemic, learn how to navigate an age filled with fears of disease, stereotypes, and global catastrophe from an author whose life was tragically cut short at age 25.
Register now to receive an email with further instructions. Connect via video conferencing on the day of the event. The first 25 people to register will receive a free book.
This program is co-sponsored by Courtright Memorial Library and the Friends of the Courtright Memorial Library. Copies of Salt in My Soul are available for purchase from The Book Loft.
About the Book
Beginning when she was fifteen and continuing across a decade, Mallory's writings end tragically and abruptly just as her short life did at the age of twenty-five.
For many of us, this transformative span of years proves to be the most turbulent of our lives; for Mallory they were even more climactic, tumultuous, and miraculous. The life-threatening disease she was born with made each day all the more precious. And the manner in which she sought to make the very most of her life rendered each obstacle that much more frustrating, and every achievement all the more triumphant.
Deftly edited into a compelling, page-turning memoir that is at turns humorous and heart-wrenching, instructive and enlightening, Salt in My Soul manages to be many books at once, bridging science and the humanities - remaining life-affirming throughout. Mallory's disarming intellectual agility (she studied environmental anthropology at Stanford and achieved early success as a writer, editor, and radio host) allows her readers to feel as if they're thinking alongside her, contemplating the environment, social justice, and healthcare, with the benefit of her highly sensitive and informed vantage point. The international movement to advance phage therapy to help treat superbugs is one of the many positive outcomes influenced by Mallory's story.
About the Authors
Mallory Smith was a writer and environmental journalist with a passion for sustainability and social change. A 2014 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, Mallory studied Human Biology with a concentration in Environmental Anthropology. During her time at Stanford, Mallory produced radio documentaries for Green Grid Radio as well as short news features for NPR at its Santa Monica affiliate, KCRW, and a documentary film, Silver Bullet. She also played club volleyball for Stanford and was a three-sport athlete in high school, serving as captain on each.
After college, Mallory's first book, The Gottlieb Native Garden: A California Love Story, was published to wide acclaim. But it is her final book, Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life, that will define her legacy. Though Mallory is not here to celebrate its publication, her voice and her spirit are with us in this unflinching look at the joy, love and loss that defined her life.
A fierce advocate, Mallory launched the viral social media campaign Lunges4Lungs with friends and raised over $5 million with her parents for CF research through the annual Mallory's Garden event. She passed away at the age of twenty-five on November 15, 2017, two months after receiving a double lung transplant. Mallory's Legacy Fund has been established in her memory at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Since Mallory's death, $250,000 has been raised and donated to phage therapy research in her memory.
Diane Shader Smith has been a writer, speaker, publicist and fundraiser for 30 years working with big agencies and independently. She is 100 talks into a book tour for the posthumous memoir written by her beloved daughter Mallory.
Diane's own books include Mallory's 65 Roses, Stevie's Secret, A Test of Will, Undressing Infidelity: Why More Wives are Unfaithful. Her articles have appeared in: The LA Times, USA Today and The San Diego Union Tribune, among others. She started her career on the writing staff of the ABC-TV Show, General Hospital.
A UCLA graduate, Ms. Smith has been interviewed by The Today Show, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, National Public Radio, The Hollywood Reporter, and more. In the midst of her profound grief, she did a TEDx talk.
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