From Words Bookstore:
As the mouthpiece and advocate for Mallory Smith, whose posthumous memoir “Salt in my Soul: An Unfinished Life” was published by Random House on March 12, 2019, her mother Diane Shader Smith will be including Maplewood’s Words Bookstore on her 65-event book tour around the country.
Diane will share the life and legacy of her daughter Mallory, who died from Cystic Fibrosis in 2017 at the age of 25, at this very special open-to-the-public event at the bookstore on April 30 at 7:30. Mallory writes about normal high school and college issues juxtaposed against living with chronic illness. She kept a private journal with over 2500 pages of writing for more than ten years, with instructions to publish after her death.
A Phi Beta Kappa Graduate of Stanford, club volleyball player, and published author, she accomplished so much in her short life despite 67 hospitalizations ranging from weeks to months. There’s the bigger story of Mallory as the catalyst for reigniting phage therapy, one of the only promising and viable options for treating “superbugs.” Mallory’s writings also include commentary on relevant healthcare issues such as pain management and end-of-life-care.
In addition to just being ranked 5th on the current LA Times Bestseller List (nonfiction/hard cover), Diane has been interviewed for The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Mail UK, CBS, The Hollywood Reporter, Buzz Feed, and forthcoming in The New York Times. Mallory’s story is also being made into a documentary by the Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated filmmakers behind the Hunting Ground.