Salt in My Soul: Book Launch & Talk

March 17, 2019 | 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre
8556 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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On Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 4 to 6 p.m., attend the Los Angeles book launch of Mallory Smith's Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life, featuring Diane Shader Smith in conversation with the Honorable Lili Bosse at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills. Each ticket-holder will receive a copy of Salt in My Soul: An Unifinished Life and a portion of the proceeds will benefit BHEF to support BHUSD schools.

Mallory Smith, who grew up in Los Angeles and attended El Rodeo before graduating from Beverly Hills High School, was a freelance writer and editor specializing in environmental, social justice, and healthcare-related communications. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University and worked as a senior producer at Green Grid Radio, an environmental storytelling radio show and podcast. She was a fierce advocate for those who suffered from Cystic Fibrosis, launching the viral social media campaign Lunges4Lungs with friends and raising 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.

An eloquent writer, Mallory recorded her thoughts and observations for more than ten years about struggles and feelings too personal to share during her life, leaving instructions for her mother to publish her work posthumously. She hoped that her writing would offer insight to those living with, or loving someone with, chronic illness.

What emerges is a powerful and inspiring portrait of a brave young woman who did not allow herself to be defined by disease. Her words offer comfort and hope to readers, even as she herself was facing death. Salt in My Soul is a beautifully crafted, intimate, and poignant tribute to a short life well lived—and a call for all of us to embrace our own lives as fully as possible.

For more information about the book, please visit For any questions, please contact the Beverly Hills Education Foundation: 255 South Lasky Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 or dial at (310) 557-0651.

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