Malibu Library Speaker Series

About the Series

Since 2013, the Malibu Library Speaker Series, a program of the Malibu Library, part of LA County Library, and the City of Malibu, has featured experts, authors, and other notable figures discussing a wide range of subjects, including the entertainment industry, literature, science, motivation, the arts, education, sports, travel, food, and the environment.

Malibu Library Speaker Series: 2020

Dan Pfeiffer
Tuesday, January 28, 7:00 PM
Malibu City Hall

RSVP BY PHONE: 310-456-6438

PfeifferThe Malibu Library Speaker Series kicks off the 2020 season with Dan Pfeiffer, a former White House communications director, noted political and digital strategist, Pod Save America co-host, CNN contributor and best-selling author. 

His New York Times #1 best-seller "Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter and Trump" is a colorful account of how politics, the media, and the internet changed during the Obama presidency alongside the evolution of social media. Along with fellow White House veterans, he is co-host of the popular progressive podcast Pod Save America, which has more than 300 million downloads.

One of President Barack Obama’s longest serving advisors, Pfeiffer joined his presidential campaign at the outset, serving first as traveling press secretary and eventually, as the campaign’s communications director. He entered the White House as deputy communications director and, by the end of 2009, had risen to communications director. Pfeiffer held that post until his appointment as senior advisor in early 2013. In this role, he focused on communications, political, and digital strategy. In addition to his campaign and White House experience, Pfeiffer is a former vice president of communications and policy at GoFundMe. He is a graduate of Georgetown University. 

The event will include a reception with refreshments and a Q&A and book signing with the speaker. Books will be available for purchase at the event.


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.


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.


For more information call 310-456-6438 or email 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. 

Past Notable Speakers

  • 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