Malibu Library Speaker Series

About the Series

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

Past notable speakers in the Library Speaker Series include: Best-selling author Jeannette Walls; famed civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred; climate change champion and author Bill McKibben; prolific comedy writer and director Tom Shadyac; author of the best-selling novel "Eat, Pray, Love" Elizabeth Gilbert; and award-winning documentary filmmakers Rory Kennedy and Mark Bailey.

Next speaker:  Gabriel Thompson

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7:00 PM
Malibu Library, 23519 W. Civic Center Way

Gabriel Thompson, an independent journalist who has written for publications that include the New York Times, Slate, The Nation, Mother Jones and Harper's, is the next guest speaker for the 2018 Malibu Library Speaker Series. He will discuss his work, philosophy and book, “Chasing the Harvest” on Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 PM at the Malibu Library.

A Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing at San Jose State University, Thompson is the author of five books. On March 21, Thompson will discuss his most recent book, “Chasing the Harvest: Lives from an invisible community—the migrant farmworkers of the United States,” an oral history collection from California's fields.

“Public libraries are such important resources of education in our community, and I am proud to welcome Gabriel Thompson to our local library,” Mayor Rick Mullen said. “Thompson’s work is highly relevant right now, as the country grapples with the question of immigration in our society.”

“The Grapes of Wrath” brought national attention to the condition of California’s migrant farmworkers in the 1930s. Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers’ grape and lettuce boycotts captured the imagination of the United States in the 1960s and ’70s. Yet today, the stories of the more than 800,000 men, women, and children working in California’s fields - one third of the nation’s agricultural work force - are rarely heard, despite the persistent wage theft, dangerous working conditions, and uncertain futures they face.

This book of oral histories makes the reality of farm work visible in accounts of hardship, bravery, solidarity, and creativity in California’s fields, as real people struggle to win new opportunities for future generations.

The event is free, but RSVPs are required.
To RSVP, call 310-456-6438 or reserve online.

Past Notable Speakers

  • Civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred
  • Best-selling author Susan Casey
  • 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