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“My Father is a Book,” Janna Malamud Smith

Visiting Writers Series, Oregon State University

November 9, 2007

Speaker Biography

Janna Malamud Smith
Janna Malamud Smith

“My Father is a Book,” a reading from the Threepenny Review essay.  Watch Video

Janna Malamud Smith is a writer and psychotherapist. She is the author of three books, Private Matters (1997), A Potent Spell (2003), and My Father is a Book: A Memoir of Bernard Malamud (2006). Her articles and essays have appeared nationally and internationally in newspapers, magazines and literary journals including The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, Family Circle and The Threepenny Review. Ms. Smith was born in Corvallis, Oregon, and, after moving east as a nine-year-old, lived briefly in Vermont before settling in the Boston area. She studied American History and Literature in college, and then pursued a graduate degree in clinical social work. Smith continues to work part-time as a clinical social worker, mostly now teaching psychotherapy in a hospital-based department of psychiatry, as well as in private practice. She is married, and the mother of two sons.