Malibu Library Speaker Series

Harlan Lebo

  • Tuesday, February 28, 7:00 PM at the Malibu Library
  • Call 310-456-6438 to RSVP

Harlan Lebo is the author of Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker’s Journey, a movie-lovers’ history of the trials, tribulations, and triumphs behind the making of Citizen Kane. He has written books about The Godfather and Casablanca and served as a historical consultant to Paramount Pictures for the 50th anniversary of the release of Citizen Kane. He writes about cultural history, science, the humanities, society, and the impact of digital technology. 

 In 2022, Angel City Press released Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker’s Journey, an updated and expanded work based on Lebo's 2016 book tracing the creation of Orson Welles's classic film. Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker’s Journey not only tells the story of the making of Hollywood’s greatest film, but also presents a compelling tale of censorship, individual rights, and creative freedom and recounts one of the most exciting chapters in Hollywood history. RSVPs are required.

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.

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Past Notable Speakers

  • Bestselling author David Grann
  • 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
  • Astrophysicist Jessie Christiansen