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[ARCHIVED] Malibu Library Speaker Series Earth Day, In-Person Event at Pepperdine April 7

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Malibu Library Speaker Series Returns with Author Elizabeth Rush Discussing Climate Change for Earth Month - Thursday, April 7, 7:00 PM at pepperdine

The Malibu Library Speaker Series returns during Earth Month with author Elizabeth Rush discussing her books about the impacts of climate change on April 7 as part of Pepperdine University's Climate Calling Conference. 

"Malibu should be proud of the incredible contributions the Library Speaker Series has made to the cultural life of our community,” said Mayor Paul Grisanti. “The speaker series continues to showcase incredibly talented speakers discussing the most relevant subjects of our time, and it is very good news that we are finally able to hold this popular event in-person.” 

During Earth Month, the City and the LA County Library partners with Pepperdine University to present an environmentally themed Library Speaker Series event. This year, Rush, the author of “Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore”  and “Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: Essays and Photographs from Yangon, Myanmar,” will discuss the impacts of climate change.   

In "Rising," Rush guides readers through some of the places where climate change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami and from New York City to the Bay Area. For many plants, animals, and humans in these places, the options are stark: retreat or perish in place. 

Rush's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in some of the nation’s leading journalistic publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Harper's and The Atlantic. She received her MFA in nonfiction from Southern New Hampshire University and teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University. 

The free event takes place in-person on Thursday, April 7, 7:00 PM at Pepperdine's Elkins Auditorium. RSVPs are not required. For parking and other information, contact the Malibu Library at 310-456-6438 or Additional details about this event and the Malibu Library Speaker Series are available at

 All of the Earth Month events will be posted on the City website at

About the Series 
The 2022 Malibu Library Speaker Series is a program of the LA County Library, Malibu Branch and the City of Malibu, featuring 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. 

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