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Malibu Library Speaker Series
About the Series
The 2018 Malibu Library Speaker Series is a program of the County of Los Angeles Public Library, Malibu Branch, and the City of Malibu featuring speakers on a wide range of subjects that will appeal to a broad section of the community. Speakers discuss the entertainment Industry, literature, science, motivation, the arts, education, sports, travel, food, and the environment. The events are free and open to the public.

Gabriel Thompson
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Malibu Library

Gabriel ThompsonGabriel Thompson is an independent journalist and has written for publications including the New York Times, Slate, The Nation, Mother Jones, and Harper's. A Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing at San Jose State University, he is the author of five books. He will be discussing his most recent book, "Chasing the Harvest," is a collection of oral histories from California's migrant farmworkers. 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 lives, dreams, struggles and exploitation of the 800,000 men, women, and children working in California’s fields, one third of the nation’s agricultural work force, are rarely seen or heard. 

The event is free, but RSVPs are required. RSVP 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 & 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

Contact Us
Melissa Stallings
Community Library Manager
County of Los Angeles
Public Library

City of Malibu