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.

bestselling author SUSAN ORLEAN 

Susan OrleanTuesday, April 23, 7:00 PM
Malibu City Hall, Civic Theater (23825 Stuart Ranch Rd., Malibu CA 90265)
Free with RSVP. Please RSVP online or by calling the Malibu Library at 310-456-6438.

The Malibu Library Speaker Series presents New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean discussing her latest book “The Library Book" and talking about the value of libraries in our society. 

Susan Orlean has been called “a national treasure” by The Washington Post. Her deeply moving explorations of American stories both familiar and obscure have earned her a reputation as one of America’s most distinctive journalistic voices. A staff writer for The New Yorker for over twenty years and a former contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Vogue, she has been praised as “an exceptional essayist” (Publishers Weekly) and a writer who “approaches her subjects with intense curiosity and fairness.”

The author will be signing copies of her latest work “The Library Book,” which will be available for purchase at the event. “The Library Book” is a New York Times bestseller that explores the history, power, and future of these endangered institutions. “The story is told through the lens of Orlean’s quest to solve a notorious cold case of the Los Angeles Public Library fire which destroyed 400,000 books in 1986."
(Photo: Noah Fecks)


Past Notable Speakers

  • 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