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Malibu Library Speaker Series
About the Series
The 2017 Malibu Library Speaker Series is a program of the County of Los Angeles Public Library, Malibu Branch, and the City of Malibu featuring speakers on a wide range of subjects that will appeal to a broad section of the community. Speakers discuss the entertainment Industry, literature, science, motivation, the arts, education, sports, travel, food, and the environment. The events are free and open to the public.

Lonely Planet Travel AnthologyLonely Planet Travel Anthology
Friday, February 24, 7:00 PM
Malibu City Hall
23815 Stuart Ranch Rd., Malibu, CA 90265


The Library Speaker Series continues an exciting 2017 season with renowned travel writers for The Lonely Planet reading from the forthcoming new book “The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology: True Stories from the World’s Best Writers” on Friday, February 24 at City Hall. 

James Dorsey is a fellow of the Explorers’ Club and a former director of the Adventurers’ Club. He is a travel consultant to Brown & Hudson of London with stories in numerous travel anthologies as well as the “Los Angeles Times,” “Christian Science Monitor” and other publications. Dorsey is the recipient of 15 SOLAS awards from Travelers’ Tales.

Bridget Crocker, a Malibu resident, is a contributing author to the Travelers’ Tales series “Best Women’s Travel Writing” and Lonely Planet guidebooks. An international river expedition leader and guide, Crocker has published stories in “Outside,” “Men’s Journal,” “National Geographic Adventure,” “Vela,” “Paddler,” and others.

Torre DeRoche is the author of two travel memoirs, “Love with a Chance of Drowning” and “The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World,” due out in September 2017. She has written for “The Atlantic,” “The Guardian Travel,” “The Sydney Morning Herald,” “Emirates,” and two Lonely Planet travel anthologies. Her blog,, has been profiled in “National Geographic” and was one of Viator’s Top Travel Blogs of 2015.

Don George, moderator, is the legendary best-selling author of “Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing” and “The Way of Wanderlust." George currently works as editor-at-large and book review columnist at National Geographic Traveler. He is also the former travel editor at Lonely Planet, “The San Francisco Examiner” and “San Francisco Chronicle.”

The free event includes a Q&A with the authors, books for sale before and after the talk, and book signing, followed by refreshments.

Past Notable Speakers 
  • Best-selling author Susan Casey
  • Abduction survivor and author Elizabeth Smart
  • Award-winning documentary filmmakers Rory Kennedy and Mark Bailey
  • Medical cannabis expert & 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

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Melissa Stallings
Community Library Manager
County of Los Angeles
Public Library

City of Malibu