Malibu Library Speaker Series

The final Library Speaker Series event of 2019 took place on Wednesday, November 20; but the exciting season of speakers coming in 2020 is just around the corner. Check back in January for updates and announcements.

Call For Authors 2020

Local authors who live and write in Malibu and have recently published work are invited to apply to be featured in Showcase: Local Author Series, a subset of the Malibu Library Speaker Series. Applications will be accepted from December 16 through January 17, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

Apply here.

For more information call 310-456-6438 or email atrulock@library.lacounty.gov. Applications may also be submitted in person at the Malibu Library, 23519 Civic Center Way, Malibu CA 90265. The featured authors will selected by a committee.

Showcase: Local Artist Series


The Malibu Library Speaker Series, Showcase: Local Author Series, is a program of LA County Library and the City of Malibu that highlights Malibu’s literary talent. The program was developed in response to community feedback received during the Malibu Library Needs Assessment in 2018.

The series launched with two events in 2019. Each event will feature two authors participating on a panel discussion about their work and a reception with a book signing at the Malibu Library. The program continues in 2020 with four events throughout the year.

Past Speakers Have Included: 

  • Bestselling author Susan Orlean
  • Bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates
  • Bestselling author Eric Schlosser
  • Civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred
  • Best-selling author Susan Casey
  • Former Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti
  • Abduction survivor and author Elizabeth Smart
  • Award-winning documentary filmmakers Rory Kennedy and Mark Bailey
  • Medical cannabis expert and author Michael Backes
  • David Garibaldi, radical performance painter
  • Tom Shadyac, prolific comedy writer and director
  • Elizabeth Gilbert, author of best-selling novel, "Eat, Pray, Love"
  • Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento and former NBA star
  • Jeff Henderson, award-winning chef and best-selling author
  • Jeannette Walls, best-selling author of "The Glass Castle"
  • Climate change champion and author Bill McKibben