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.

Call to the Wall, changing of the verse 

Saturday, March 23, 4:00 PM  
Malibu City Hall, Civic Theater (23825 Stuart Ranch Rd., Malibu CA 90265)
Free, RSVP not required.

2019 Poetry SummitMalibu’s first Poet Laureate, Ricardo Means-Ybarra, will introduce the City’s next Poet Laureate who will influence, engage and promote the arts through 2021. Poetry will be read by both Poet Laureates, Malibu student poets and special guest, Cecilia Woloch, an internationally recognized poet who has won multiple awards for her work. Call to the Wall will also include children’s artwork influenced by Malibu artist, Ako Eyong, and a live musical performance by DEPAK. Meet the artists and poets afterward at a free reception.

Sponsored by the LA County Library and City of Malibu.  Hosted by the Malibu Cultural Arts Commission and Malibu Poet Laureate Committee.


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 author Susan Orlean. New York Times bestselling author 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.”
(Photo: Noah Fecks)


wildfire expert Dr. Stephen Davis

Dr. Stephen DavisWednesday, April 10, 7:00 PM Pepperdine University, Elkins Auditorium 
Free with RSVP. Please RSVP online or by calling the Malibu Library at 310-456-6438. 

The Malibu Library Speaker Series presents Dr. Stephen Davis in cooperation with the City of Malibu and Pepperdine University. Dr. Davis is a plant ecologist at Pepperdine University who has studied the impact of wildfires in and around Malibu. This event is part of Pepperdine’s annual Climate Calling Conference and will take place in Elkins Auditorium at Pepperdine University. 

Dr. Davis has been the principle investigator on more than 15 government grants, primarily from the National Science Foundation. Much of his personal research centers on plant physiological ecology, including adaptations of chaparral vegetation to wildfire, drought, and freezing. He has published in such journals as Nature, Ecology, and The American Journal of Botany.

The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Dr. Davis’s distinctive approach has been to facilitate student scholarship through the completion of research projects, the writing of honors theses, presentation by students of their research findings at regional and national scientific conferences, and finally through student publication of their work in refereed, scientific journals


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